Physicists for Inclusion in STEM (PhIS)

Physicists for Inclusion in STEM (PhIS) is a student-led organization in Western's Physics and Astronomy department. Our primary focuses are public outreach, providing support to undergraduate Physics and Astronomy students, and promoting inclusion and equity work in the Physics and Astronomy Department and the College of Science and Engineering (CSE).

Weekly PhIS meetings

Mondays from 4-5 pm in Communications Facility (CF) Room 386.

PhIS meetings are open to all Western students. Meetings are a place where you can help us plan events, receive academic/professional support, contribute to creating more equitable and inclusive spaces on campus, and socialize with other geo/physics and STEM majors.

Ambassador Program

There is a critical need to improve communication within the College of Science and Engineering between students, staff, faculty, and the administration. In response to this need, alumna Natasha Hessami and STEM Inclusion and Outreach Specialist Regina Barber DeGraaff developed the Student Ambassador Program and the Faculty Ambassador Program, respectively. These programs aim to foster a more inclusive and equitable space for all. In each CSE department, there is one Student Ambassador and one Faculty Ambassador. Ambassadors act as liaisons between students, staff, faculty, and the Dean of CSE, and they seek to engage in issues around advocacy, equity, and diversity in STEM. Undergraduate student Jess Mollerup and Assistant Professor Dimitri Dounas-Frazer are the Ambassadors for the Physics and Astronomy Department. 

Physics and Astronomy Resources

Community Office Hours

Dimitri Dounas-Frazer holds office hours for the entire Physics and Astronomy community. Regina Barber DeGraaff holds office hours for the entire College of Science and Engineering. During office hours, they are available to discuss issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

Winter 2020 Community Hours
Dimitri Dounas-Frazer

Mondays from 3-3:50 in Communications Facility (CF) Room 357

Regina Barber DeGraff

Mondays from 2-3 pm, Tuesdays from 10-11 am, and Thursdays from 1-2 pm in Bond Hall (BH) Room 425

Inclusive Astro/Geo/Physics discussions

Fridays from 4-5:30 pm in CF 386

Dimitri Dounas-Frazer and Jess Mollerup co-facilitate quasi-weekly discussions about issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in physics and astronomy. Starting on January 24th, these discussions will take place on Friday afternoons from 4-5:30 pm in the lounge/conference room (CF 386). Previous topics include: racism, oppression, white supremacy, white fragility, technical-social dualism, and the lone genius stereotype. If you haven’t already done so, please contact Dimitri Dounas-Frazer or Jess Mollerup to join the Canvas site for these discussions!


Jess Mollderup wearing a t-shirt containing two periodic table elements, 'O' and 'Mg'
Student Ambassador

Pronouns: they/she

Dimitri Dounas-Frazer
Faculty Ambassador

Pronouns: he/him

Office: CF 357

Regina Barber DeGraff
STEM Inclusion and Outreach Specialist

Pronouns: she/her

Office: BH 425