Regina Barber DeGraaff, PhD
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).
Bio: Regina Barber DeGraaff teaches physics and astronomy at Western Washington University (WWU). 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.
Annual Inclusion in STEM Mixers: Mix IT Up - Diversifying STEM (2013), Faces of STEM (2014), Science in Pop Culture (2015) & The STEM Mosaic (2016)
Western Today Feature Article:
“It’s so frustrating, but we all know what it (the stereotypical image of a scientist) is: a heterosexual white cis male secluded in a lab somewhere who can barely communicate with his fellow human beings.”
Regina Barber DeGraaff, an instructor in Western’s Physics and Astronomy Department and the College of Science and Engineering’s STEM Inclusion and Outreach Specialist, has a good idea of the public’s stereotypical idea of a scientist. At a time where the term “intersectionality” has become a prime buzzword for the entwined nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender, to name a few, as they apply to a given individual or group, and the overlapping social identities these categorizations spawn, Barber DeGraaff said she never fit into any of the preconceived boxes that society has tried to place her in. Full article