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


Saveena Ahmed

Saveena Ahmed

Program Operations Analyst

Email: saveena1@uw.edu

Work groups: Communication & Community


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

Director of Marketing and Communications

Email: braswels@uw.edu

Work group: Communication & Community


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


Maya Kimura

Staff, Department of Pharmacy

Email: kimurm@uw.edu


Kelly Lee

Faculty, Department of Medicinal Chemistry

Email: kklee@uw.edu


Qingcheng Mao

Qingcheng Mao

Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics

Email: qmao@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?

I was originally from China and studied in Europe, Canada and the United States. I therefore had the opportunity to be exposed to very different cultures, backgrounds and experiences, which played a very important role in the development and success of my academic career. I believe when we can connect and engage with people with different backgrounds and perspectives, we can more successfully achieve the goals of our school.

Why is DEI important to you?

I want to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in pharmaceutical sciences. I want everyone I work with to feel accepted and valued, and have an equal opportunity to grow and succeed.

Work group: Curriculum & Policy


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: Training


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


Lena Anoschenko

Graduate Student

Email: lenaano@uw.edu


Francine Cesar

Francine Cesar

MS Student

Email: fsique@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?

As an international student, I feel very welcome at University of Washington and it is notable the presence of values such as respect for diversity and inclusion in this institution.  I wanted to become a member in the DEIC to help maintain and spread these values to build a thriving environment for each one.

Why is DEI important to you?

I believe that DEI is important to develop and sustain a prosperous environment where each person is respected and is free to express your opinions. People from diverse backgrounds, life experiences and point of views are vital to bring insightful experiences and personal and professional growth.

Work group: Communication & Community


Hoi Yan (Gem) Chan

PharmD Student

Email: hyc8@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?

I had experienced some bias and had restrictions in applying for some programs, scholarships, and other opportunities in the US. I understand the frustration and I want to be a member of DEIC to collaborate with other colleagues and faculties to make a change and advocate diversity, educational equity, professional development, and a safe work environment.

Why is DEI important to you?

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important values to the School of Pharmacy and our society. These values allow us to embrace different perspectives, ones’ cultures, keep an open mind, reduce bias and conflicts, and move forward with innovative ideas.

Work group: Curriculum & Policy


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


Ellen Huang

Ellen Huang

PharmD Student

Email: yunlunc@uw.edu

What made you want to become a member of the DEIC?

As a first generation immigrant and someone who works with a lot of underserved patients, I wanted to help identify and make a change within the UWSOP community and the community it serves

Why is DEI important to you?

I believe that people from different backgrounds and life experiences bring unique, powerful, and insightful perspectives that are vital to the growth of the community

Work group: Communication and Community


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


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


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