Biology Equity and Inclusion

In honor of those who have faced systemic injustice for generations, and who continue to be face bias and discrimination in science and engineering, the faculty in the College of Science and Engineering has established a fund to support Black students in STEM. Black people have been, and remain, significantly underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Through this scholarship we can, together, make an impact on the educational goals of Black students at WWU for generations to come.

Our initial goal is to raise $25,000 to establish an endowment fund that will support the scholastic and research aspirations of Black undergraduate and graduate students. Please join us in making a lasting impact for our students. Together we can make a difference.

Donate to the endowment fund

CSE's Ambassadors & Community Hours

There is a critical need to improve communication within the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) between students, staff, faculty, and the administration.

These hours are 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 Student and Community Ambassadors, and the STEM Inclusion and Outreach Specialist, can advise and also guide people to college, university or external resources.

Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors act as a liaison between students and their faculty, and the Dean of CSE. CSE Student Ambassadors seek to engage in issues around advocacy, equity, and diversity in STEM.

 

Christina Mong
E-mail: mongc@wwu.edu

Faculty Ambassador

Faculty Ambassadors act as a liaison between students, faculty, staff and the Dean of CSE. CSE Faculty Ambassadors seek to engage in issues around advocacy, equity, and diversity in STEM.


Suzanne Lee

lees65@wwu.edu

Tuesdays (bi-weekly, starting Jan 12th) - 10:30am-11:30am - and by appointment

Suzanne smiling in front of a tree

 

STEM Outreach and Inclusion Specialist

Students, staff, and faculty are welcome to drop by Regina's office during these times to discuss any opportunities, issues, or ideas they may have on how to enhance our equity and inclusion efforts. 


Regina Barber-DeGraaff

Regina.BarberDeGraaff@wwu.edu

Tuesdays: 11am - Noon

Thursdays: 3- 4pm

Regina smiling in front of a stone arch.

 

Student Resources

College/University Resources:

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - Western is committed to providing a welcoming, equitable and inclusive campus community for all students, faculty, and staff, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age, veteran status, and financial background. The website provides many helpful campus resources for students, families, faculty, and staff.
  • LGBTQ+ Western - LGBTQ+ Western works to advance the holistic thriving of diverse LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff at Western Washington University by collaboratively engaging the university community with transformational knowledge, resources, advocacy, and celebration.
    • Contact: L.K. Langley - LGBTQ+ Director
                   Pronouns: they/them/theirs
                   Multicultural Center, Viking Union 753
                   Tel: (360) 650-7500
                   Email: L.K.Langley@wwu.edu
                   Office hours: Tuesdays from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
                                          Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • WWU Stem Inclusion & Outreach - The STEM Inclusion and Outreach mission is 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). You can find upcoming events, WWU STEM clubs, and more.
  • WICOH - Western's Interdisciplinary Community Office Hours: The goal of the Community Office Hours program is to provide an opportunity for students to connect with faculty members outside of their field of study, in a space in which students and faculty can interact in a space devoid of grades, classes and power hierarchies.

STEM Clubs/Resources:

  • WWU Biology Club - The Western Washington University Biology Club is a diverse group of individuals with a common objective of promoting the Biology Department & Biological Science on campus and in our community, as well as fostering a passionate appreciation of biology.
  • SACNAS - (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) - SACNAS is an inclusive organization focusing on building a supportive community for those pursuing a STEM major. We work to help members integrate on campus and take full advantage of the available resources for a variety of purposes. In addition, we are passionate about outreach and encouraging diversity and inclusion within STEM.
  • Out in Science - Out In Science is a group of STEM students, faculty, and staff working for the promotion, inclusion, and support of the queer community in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. 
  • Physicists for Inclusion in Science - 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).
  • STEM CLUBS WWU - A Facebook page to share all events happening in all STEM clubs.
  • More clubs listed at: https://cse.wwu.edu/stem-clubs

Faculty/Staff Equity & Inclusion Resources

  • Equity and Inclusion Training Series - A university-wide initiative to empower members of the Western campus community to better understand and thoughtfully engage with the experiences and identities of all our community members.
    • ISMs Workshops 2020
      • Winter Quarter: Jan 15th and 16th @ 1:30-5 PM
      • Spring Quarter: 23rd and 24th @ 1:30-5 PM
  • Inclusive Teaching Toolkit - How to create an inclusive atmosphere in the classroom, and teaching resources.
  • CSE Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Committee - Works to promote, and advocates for, equity, inclusion, and diversity in the College of Science and Engineering.
  • Seeing White Podcast Group - This group of WWU Faculty employees meets twice a week to discuss the "Seeing White" podcast- contact Lina Dahlberg to inquire about joining. 

"Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story. Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for? Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions."