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
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.
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 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. Associate Professor Kevin Covey is the Ambassador for the Physics and Astronomy Department. Erin Howard and Che Lassen are the Student Ambassadors.
Physics and Astronomy Resources
Office: BH 425
Office: CF 365
Community Office Hours
Kevin Covey holds office hours for the entire Physics and Astronomy community. Regina Barber 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.
Fall 2021 Community Hours
Mondays from 3-3:50 by zoom
Thursdays from 9-9:30 in CF 365
Also available by appointment.