Equity and Inclusion

College of Science and Engineering Inclusion Mission Statement

The College of Science and Engineering’s goal is to nurture a supportive and inclusive environment and culture by actively building a college of faculty, staff, and students that values and is reflective of the diverse communities served by WWU, promoting best practices sustaining and supporting equity, inclusivity, and diversity, and by investing in programs that support student success.

STEM Inclusion and Outreach Mission

To cultivate and maintain partnerships with faculty and inclusion programs locally & nationally that are devoted to the recruitment, retention and support of underrepresented students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Community Ambassador Program

Community hours are held by Faculty and Student Ambassadors and serve as a time for students, staff and faculty to bring concerns, feedback or questions as it related to equity, inclusion and diversity within STEM. We hope that we, the Community Ambassadors and the STEM Inclusion and Outreach Specialist, can advise and also guide people to college, university or external resources.

Anonymous Equity and Inclusion Feedback Form

If you have concerns or experiences that you would like to share with the Chemistry Department Community Ambassadors, please use this form  to submit anonymous comments. You are welcome to include an email contact if you would like our community ambassadors to reach out to you if you would like to have a follow-up discussion about your submission.

Community Ambassadors

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Erin Duffy, PhD

Dr. Duffy's Community Office Hours

Schedule an Appointment
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Mike Larsen, PhD

Dr. Larsen's Community Office Hours

Tuesdays @ 3:00PM

Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors Office Hours

Meeting ID: 825 8997 7121

Passcode: y3v8UC

Join Meeting - Every Thursday 10-11AM
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Amy Pollock

Hi, my name is Amy Pollock and I am a senior in Chemistry. I currently do research under Dr. Mike Larsen and I am treasurer of the Society for the Advancements of Native Americans and Chicanos in Science (SACNAS) Chapter at Western. In my free time, I love going on hikes with my dog, Mr. Mingo, and crocheting.

Fun fact: I am originally from Anchorage, Alaska!

Email Amy

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Ellie Baader

Hello! My name is Ellie I am a junior in the Chemistry Department. I just began working in Dr. James Vyvyan’s lab and I am also a Peer Health Educator. Although I seem to be living and breathing Chemistry, I also love to explore the outdoors and learn languages! 

Fun fact: my family is from Lithuania!

Email Ellie

STEM Inclusion and Outreach Specialist

Regina Barber DeGraaff

Regina Barber DeGraaff, PhD – Senior Lecturer – Physics & Astronomy


Regina Barber DeGraaff teaches physics and astronomy at Western.  Regina completed her PhD in Physics in 2011 from Washington State University with a focus in Astrophysics, studying globular cluster systems.  She is also the first STEM Inclusion and Outreach Specialist at WWU with duties that involve planning campus wide events, student club support, advising, committee work and grant writing.  Regina is also the host of the radio show & podcast Spark Science, a talk show which strives to make science accessible to all.

Community Hours 

Regina will be hosting remote office hours via Zoom Tuesday and Thursday from 11am - Noon and by appointment. Students, Staff, and Faculty are welcome to discuss any opportunities, issues, or ideas they may have on how to enhance our equity and inclusion efforts during this time. In order to protect privacy and potentially sensitive issues, you will be placed into a waiting room upon joining the meeting until Regina is available to speak to you one-on-one.

Please send Regina an email in order to receive the Zoom link.