DEIC Members

Kelly Campbell

Kelly Campbell

Assistant Dean, Finance and Administration and Co-Chair, DEIC

Email: kellyjc@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
There are many reasons to be part of the DEIC but let me just focus on a couple.  As an individual, I have the responsibility to do more to create an equitable and just workplace and community, and the DEIC is a great place to work with others committed to making a difference.  Also, as a member of the LGBTQ community, I want to make sure I can bring some of that perspective to the table because diversity comes in many forms.

Why is DEI important to you?
We are stronger together than apart.  We should work together to make an anti-racist society.  And while there is much work to be done, we each have something to contribute.

Work groups: Communication & Community; Trainings


Abhi Nath

Abhi Nath

Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Faculty Co-Chair of DEIC

Email: anath@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
As an alum and a faculty member, I’ve been very fortunate to have found a warm and supportive environment at the UWSOP. I want to help ensure that everyone here has similar opportunities to grow, to thrive, and to have their voice heard.

Why is DEI important to you?
We have a moral obligation to fight for a safe, equitable, inclusive and just environment for all – an environment in which each of us can reach our full potential

Work groups: Recruitment, Retention & Professional Development; Curriculum & Policy


Cee Adamson

Cee Adamson

SOP Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator

Email: adamsonc@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
I am thrilled to join the DEIC in support of the School of Pharmacy’s DEI initiatives. I eagerly look forward to collaborating with members of the UWSOP and the broader UW communities to ensure that we move to do ‘the next right thing’.

Why is DEI important to you?
As a student, educator, administrator, and practitioner I foster inclusive communities where individuals are valued, safe, and heard. As such, as I work to value the celebration, exploration, and understanding among people, ideas, and cultures. This value is exemplified through the creation of a safe and courageous environment for all students, staff, and faculty to explore identities of self and others, promoting a life-long commitment to successful living in a global community; and ensuring that policies, programs, and services are inclusive and reflect the diversity of our community.


Saveena Ahmed

Saveena Ahmed

Program Operations Analyst

Email: saveena1@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
I became a DEI member because having voices at the table from different backgrounds is important and society needs more voices like mine. I also feel that, though we have made great efforts to acknowledge inequalities on campus, there are still opportunities to improve our environment, experiences, and inclusivity.

Why is DEI important to you?
DEI is important to me because it directly affects our work and we (at UW, the Seattle area, and Washington state) are a fairly diverse community. I feel that creating more opportunity for diversity within Faculty, staff and students will help meet the needs of our ever growing and changing community and to help identify what resources may be needed and where they can be applied equitably.

Work groups: Communication & Community


Jessica Anderson

Jessica Anderson

PharmD Student

Email: jpander@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
As a member of DEIC I hope to develop the skills, insight, and knowledge to understand and be a part of problem solving the challenges in maintaining a diverse, equal, and included environment at UWSOP and in our community.

Why is DEI important to you?
Being a homeschooled, first generation student from a small town, DEI has been central to my personal growth and success. I believe diversity, equity, and inclusion for all individuals is essential to creating an environment that supports learning.

Work group: Recruitment, Retention, & Professional Development


Caitlin Blomquist

Caitlin Blomquist

Director of Advising and Student Success

Email: cmb23@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
After attending the inaugural AACP Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Institute with several DEIC members and learning more about the DEIC, I wanted to become more involved in the School’s DEI work. In particular, I am excited to help build a sense of community and inclusion across different departments and different roles (students, faculty, staff, preceptors, etc.).

Why is DEI important to you?
I believe I have a duty to integrate an equity and anti-racist lens into my work in order to truly support students’ holistic success.

Work groups: Communication & Community


Scott Braswell

Scott Braswell

Director of Marketing and Communications

Email: braswels@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
I want to help give voice to DEI efforts and needs within our School to evolve and nurture an inclusive, supportive learning environment. I’m also grateful to be part of such a collaborative team of faculty, students and staff devoted to the same mission.

Why is DEI important to you?
In an increasingly polarized political and cultural landscape, championing diversity, equity and inclusion is essential, and its importance is something that transcends and reaches far beyond the classroom and campus community.

Work group: Communication & Community


Phoenix Chen

PharmD Student

Email: mpchen97@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
In undergrad I was given the opportunity to work with a variety of underrepresented students, and I want to continue my work for a more equitable academic and healthcare environment in pharmacy school.

Why is DEI important to you?
As a future healthcare professional, DEI and tackling health disparities is a necessity for patient care. This has become particularly apparent with the current pandemic response.

Work group: Recruitment, Retention, & Professional Development


Lauren Cirrincione

Lauren Cirrincione

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy

Email: lc10@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
I want to help ensure UWSOP is a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. The DEIC is at the forefront of this effort.

Why is DEI important to you?
As a pharmacist, my goal is to improve health equity and reduce health disparities for all patients. I believe diverse healthcare teams are vital for achieving this goal.

Work group: Training


Bryan Green

Bryan Green

PharmD Student

Email: brgreen@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
I think that as time goes on, we only increasingly appreciate how important it is to make conscious efforts to empower racialized and sexualized people. As a member of this council, I hope to help create an environment that is safer and more equitable for these groups.

Why is DEI important to you?
Seeing someone be treated differently or given a different experience because of their identity stirs in me profound feelings of sadness, frustration, and anger. I believe that the values of DEI seek to correct past and present mistakes that would otherwise continue to perpetuate disparity.

Work group: Training


Lynn Hermanson

Lynn Hermanson

Associate Director of Recruiting and Admissions

Email: lynnherm@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
I was attracted to the DEIC because I want to work with colleagues who have a like interest in building and fostering an equitable and supportive environment in the SOP. Specifically, I’m excited about collaborating on initiatives that increase BIPOC representation in the SOP as well as, recruiting and retaining students and a workforce which reflect the communities in which we live and work.

Why is DEI important to you?
A commitment to DEI provides opportunities for students, faculty and staff be their true selves while feeling safe and respected. Individuals should be empowered to celebrate who they are, which results in a stronger, more connected community.

Work group: Recruitment, Retention, & Professional Development


Kendan Jones-Isaac

Kendan Jones-Isaac

MS, Pre-doctoral candidate

Email: kaji369@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
I see the DEIC as an opportunity to focus my energy into improving opportunities and outcomes for the next generation of aspiring scientists and healthcare professionals.

Why is DEI important to you?
I believe that equitable access to education to be paramount in allowing our society to be the best that it can be.

Work group: Recruitment, Retention & Professional Development


Sara Khor

Sara Khor

PhD Student

Email: khors@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
I would like to explore ways to include more DEI training in our curriculum to better prepare future healthcare clinicians, leaders, and researchers to incorporate equity in their work and decisions.

Why is DEI important to you?
Inequity and social injustice are embedded within our systems and institutions. I truly believe that the DEI lens needs to be incorporated in everything that we do, whether it is hiring, designing curriculum, or department planning. It is only by doing so that we can begin to dismantle structural injustice and create an environment that can benefit all people.

Work group: Curriculum & Policy


Maya Kimura

Maya Kimura

Staff, Department of Pharmacy

Email: kimurm@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
It’s a means to facilitate conversation, collaboration and teamwork across the SOP community and beyond.

Why is DEI important to you?
It’s necessary to acknowledge that institutional discrimination and racism exists in most public and professional spaces – and eliminating these inequities is a responsibility shared by everyone.


Kelly Lee

Kelly Lee

Faculty, Department of Medicinal Chemistry

Email: kklee@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
As a child of parents who immigrated to the United States seeking a better life through educational opportunities, I realized how much people from a range of backgrounds can contribute to a new community. I recognize how important it is to create an open and inclusive environment that draws people in and offers an equitable connection to opportunities that can help them succeed.

Why is DEI important to you?
I believe that our community is enriched and strengthened by including members from diverse backgrounds and experiences. When all of our community feel respected, supported, and welcomed, I believe they are empowered to do their best work and to thrive as individuals.

Work group: Recruitment, Retention & Professional Development


Yvonne Lin

Yvonne Lin

Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics

Email: yvonlin@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
I want to: contribute to fostering an inclusive, equitable and accepting environment in the SOP; be better educated and aware of DEI issues that affect our students, staff, faculty, patients and the greater community; and help make tangible changes to improve our campus and society.

Why is DEI important to you?
Fundamentally, a lack of diversity has far-reaching impacts on educational outcomes, physical well-being, mental health, and perpetuates inequities and marginalization. I believe DEI is an important part of a thriving, dynamic and creative environment and dismantling barriers that continue to exist in our society.

Work group: Curriculum & Policy


Jasmine Mangrum

Jasmine Mangrum

Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Pharmacy

Email: jmangr@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
I believe that one way to make pharmacy better is to be inclusive of all people and their experiences. I hope that my contributions on this council will help allow faculty, staff, and especially students feel that no matter their identity that they are welcome at UWSOP and in the field of pharmacy.

Why is DEI important to you?
Institutional and structural racism are entrenched in our society so that those who are marginalized, unnoticed, and unheard never experience equity or justice. As an educator and provider, I aim to create equitable and inclusive environments where people are valued, while also fostering understanding and providing a space for people’s lived experiences. I hope that DEI at the UWSOP will allow students, faculty, and staff to explore the many identities of this global community and begin or continue to nurture the growth of themselves in this work.

Work group: Curriculum & Policy


Leigh Ann Mike

Leigh Ann Mike

Clinical Associate Professor

Email: laam@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
I wanted to contribute to creating an environment in the School of Pharmacy that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just so that each person can reach their full potential in the classroom, in their profession, and beyond.

Work Group: Curriculum & Policy


Steven Nguyen

Steven Nguyen

Email: nguyes5@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
I hope to dedicate my time in a meaningful way to make the UWSOP a welcoming and equitable environment. When I was an undergraduate student, I was actively involved with various cultural, leadership, and other volunteering events that represented the underrepresented community, and I aspire to continue my work in pharmacy school.

Why is DEI important to you?
I believe that DEI and addressing healthcare disparities is essential to provide quality patient care as a future healthcare provider. DEI provides the chance to welcome everyone from all backgrounds, creating an environment that supports equal opportunities and growth.

Work Group: Curriculum & Policy


Carson Nibe

Carson Nibe

Administrative Specialist

Email: csnibe@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I want to ensure the UW SOP has a welcoming and equitable environment.

Work group: Communication & Community


Fran Park

Fran Park

Email: franpark@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
I believe building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community is indispensable for a full-functioning and thriving society, where we recognize differences as a strength, and everyone can perform to their full potential.

Why is DEI important to you?
I want to help cultivate a diverse and equitable environment for our students, staff, and faculty. I also want to contribute to fostering a supportive and inclusive space for our underrepresented communities.

Work Group: Communication & Community


Enrique Saldarriaga

Enrique Saldarriaga

PhD Student, MS

Email: emsb@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
I wanted to collaborate in the Council’s mission of fostering a more inclusive climate in the SOP, while increasing the representation of the Latino community in the school. From a personal development standpoint, this was an opportunity to widen my views, better understand the struggles of underrepresented groups at every step of their careers, and learn what can be done.

Why is DEI important to you?
I believe DEI is a necessary condition to live in a peaceful environment. In an equitable and inclusive environment, every person is more likely to live up to their academic and professional potential.

Work Group: Recruitment, Retention & Professional Development


Keiann Simon

Keiann Simon

PhD Student

Email: ksimon98@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
I am a success story of DEIC’s recruitment and as such I believe in paying that way forward by continuing to promote inclusivity and diversity in UWSOP.

Why is DEI important to you?
I believe that we are all entitled to have a safe and inclusive learning space coupled with a community that represents our cultures and interest.

Work group: Recruitment, Retention, & Professional Development


Tina Xie

Tina Xie

PharmD Student

Email:  tinax7@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?
I am grateful to be part of the UWSOP where it is strives to make a difference. As a student, I want to be part of a team that can increase the diversity, inclusion and equity of our school. I know through DEIC, this is possible.

Why is DEI important to you?
DEI gives the opportunity to welcome faculty and students from all backgrounds to create equal opportunities and growth. This is what makes us stronger to promote healthcare equity and reduce healthcare disparities.

Work group: Recruitment, Retention, & Professional Development