Equity and Inclusion Work

Dr. Lina Dahlberg, Dr. Robin Kodner, and Dr. Regina Barber DeGraaff, theWWU STEM Equity and Inclusion Workshop Facilitators

Dr. Kodner is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive culture in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) and in the outdoor recreation culture.  She is part of a faculty facilitation team with Dr. Lina Dahlberg and Dr. Regina Barber DeGraaff that run Equity and Inclusion Workshops for faculty, staff, and students at WWU through the WWU Equity and Inclusion Forum, and elsewhere in academia. They received funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to assess the impacts of their ISMs (Inclusion and Social Mindfulness in STEM) Workshops on generating cultural change in academia.

Dr. Kodner was part of the grant writing and implementation team for WWU’s $1 million dollar HHMI Inclusive Excellence Award at WWU. She also served as Principle Investigator for the NSF BIO LEAPS program for the Consortium of Aquatic Sciences Societies, bringing DEI leaders from each of the 9 CASS societies together to envision broad-scale cultural change in our societies.

She serves as the IDEA (Inclusion, diversity, equity, and access) committee chair for the Phycological Society of America and is a member of the Western Washington University Social Justice and Equity Committee. Through the WWU SJEC, she helped facilitate a university-wide underrepresented student needs assessment during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic (summer 2020).