About Us

We formed the Equity and Inclusion group in November 2017. We are comprised of graduate students, faculty and staff.

The group stemmed from the recent Physics and Astronomy Departmental review in October 2017. As the largest minority group (25%), women in the department were asked to share their experiences with the external review committee. When we came together we realized we shared similar challenges. Thus, we decided to create a support network among ourselves by developing an official forum/group for communication.

Our mission and goal is to represent all minority groups, including minority in gender, sexual orientation, race, and disability. We are aiming to provide resources and publicize other local/UBC events for minority groups within our department in order to develop a sense of community and inclusion. One of our major goals is to create continuity of this group and foster a sense of change.

 

Meet the Team

Elham E Khoda, Coordinator

Elham is a PhD student working in the ATLAS experiment of the Large Hadron Collider. He was part of PHAS GSA in the year 2016-2017 as the VP culture. He loves travelling and in his free time he enjoys cooking.

 

 

Theresa Liao, Media Coordinator

Theresa Liao is the Communications Coordinator for UBC Physics & Astronomy. She oversees the department’s external communication (handling research stories, planning conferences and events, updating website content and maintaining social media channels). She also manages the department’s K-12 outreach program.

 

 

Vanessa Wiggerman, General Member

Vanessa is a fifth year PhD student in physics with a research focus on magnetic resonance imaging in multiple sclerosis. She has acted as president of the PHAS graduate student association from 2014-2016, working on building a continuing community within the department. In her free time she dances in a Mexican Folkloric Dance Group and enjoys cooking and baking.

 

Ryley Hill, Event Manager

Ryley is astronomy PhD student.

Leesa Fleury, Women in Science Representative, Event Manager

Chris Gubbels, Treasurer

Chris is a physics PhD student.

Demet Kirmizibayrak, Wellness Representative 

Demet is a physics PhD student.

Robin Hayes, Advisor

E&I Chair, January 2019 – August 2019

Robin is a PhD students in experimental particle physics working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. In her spare time, she likes hiking, swimming and cooking.

Dominique Trischuk, Advisor

E&I Chair, January 2019 – August 2019

Dominique is a PhD student in experimental particle physics working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. In her spare time, she likes hiking, swimming and cooking.

Miriam Cabero Müller, General Member

Miriam is a postdoctoral fellow in the department working in the LIGO experiment.

Evan Goetz, General Member

Evan is a research associate in the department working in the LIGO experiment.

Javiera Parada, General Member

Jeff Bale, General Member

Alison Lister, Faculty Advisor

Ingrid Stairs, Faculty Advisor

Joss Ives, Faculty Advisor

Janis McKenna, Faculty Advisor

Jared Stang, Faculty Advisor

Jess McIver, Faculty Advisor

 

Past Members

Emily Altiere, President (2017 – 2018)

Electra Eleftheriadou, Executive member (2017 – 2018)

Electra is a founding member of this group and is a research associate in the department of Physics and Astronomy.

 

 

 

Sébastien Rettie, General Member (2018 – 2019)

Sébastien Rettie is a PhD student working with the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), and enjoys skiing and hiking in his spare time.

 

 

Founding Members

Emily Altiere

Electra Eleftheriadou