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.

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 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. Assistant Professor Svenja Fleischer is the Faculty Ambassador for the Physics and Astronomy Department, and Andrea Wooley is the Student Ambassador.

Physics and Astronomy Resources

Svenja Fleischer

Svenja Fleischer
Faculty Ambassador

Pronouns: she/her

Office: CF 359

Community Office Hours

Svenja Fleischer holds office hours for the entire Physics and Astronomy community. During office hours, she is available to discuss issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

Winter 2023 Community Hours
Svenja Fleischer

Tuesdays 2-3pm or by appointment. Zoom link available on request.