STEM Inclusion & Outreach

CSE 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).

Current Faculty Community Ambassadors


    Portrait of Lina Dahlberg

    Lina Dahlberg

    Location: BI 306

    Tuesdays 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.




    Chemistry / AMSEC

    Portrait of Tim Kowalczyk

    Tim Kowalczyk

    Location: CB 241

    Tuesdays 3 - 4 p.m.




    Engineering & Design

    Portrait of Jill Davishahl

    Jill Davishahl

    Location: ET 272

    Wednesdays at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.




    Computer Science

    Portrait of Moushumi Sharmin

    Moushumi Sharmin

    Location: CF 465

    Tuesdays 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. and by appointment






    Portrait of Melissa Rice

    Melissa Rice 

    Location: ES 205

    Fridays at 1:30 p.m.





    Portrait of Mariana Smit Vega GarciaMariana Smit Vega Garcia

    Location: BH 230

    Tuesdays 2 - 3 p.m.



    Physics / SMATE

    Portrait of Dimitri Dounas-FrazerDimitri Dounas-Frazer

    Location: CF 357

    Mondays from 2 - 3:30 p.m. 




    The Mosaic    Visit Spark Science's website         

    Annual Inclusion in STEM Mixers: Mix IT Up - Diversifying STEM (2013), Faces of STEM (2014), Science in Pop Culture (2015) & The STEM Mosaic (2016)

    For more information about STEM student clubs focused on inclusion (especially SACNAS, Women in Physics, Out in Science and SASE) contact


    STEM Inclusion & Outreach Specialist

    Regina Bruce

    Regina Barber DeGraaff, PhD

    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 - Bond Hall 425

    STEM Outreach and Inclusion specialist Regina Barber-DeGraaff hosts open community hours three times a week. Students, staff, and faculty are welcome to drop by Regina's office in Bond Hall 425 during these times to discuss any opportunities, issues, or ideas they may have on how to enhance our equity and inclusion efforts. 

    Monday 2-3 pm

    Tuesday 10-11 am

    Thursday 11am - 12 pm