WiO Bi-Weekly Meeting & Yearly Action Items 

The last few WiO meetings have focused on narrowing our efforts to a select number of projects for the year. At the last WiO bi-weekly meeting, we were able to finalize our list and begin our work! Our 2019 -2020 focus areas are as follows:

  1. To host an Imposter Syndrom workshop in Spring 2020
  2. To generate outreach materials about careers in optics and present them to clubs and at events targeting women and underrepresented minorities in STEM
  3. To advocate that the college pursue a study and action regarding the academic climate within the college
We're excited to share these events and initiatives as the year goes on! Additionally, we have begun a review and update of our WiO Club Bylaws. This is a large project, but we're hoping to make progress in the coming weeks.

Our next WiO Bi-Weekly meeting is Thursday, November 14th at 2pm in Room 647. 
WiO Spotlight is an installment series where we talk with students, staff, and faculty to share our passions and connect with our community here at the Wyant College of Optical Sciences. This week we get to know our globe-trotting Senior Academic Advisor, Lindsay Leobig. 
Holding an eagle outside of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. 

Do you have any pets? 
I have two rescue cats: an orange tabby named Mozzarella and Turkish Angora named Colby.
What is your undergraduate/professional background?
I have bachelor’s degrees in political science and French from the UA and a Master of Education in Human Relations from Northern Arizona University. I worked for various non-profits like Big Brothers Big Sisters, the YMCA, and in refugee resettlement for numerous years and then worked in international admissions at the UA for about six years after that. I’ve been with the Wyant College of Optical Sciences since 2017.
Tell us about your work here at OSC.
My job involves a lot of interactions-online, on the phone, and in-person. As the graduate advisor, I talk to students before they are even students all the way up to the point of graduation and sometimes after that!  My job involves a lot of coordinating, liaising, paperwork, and just being there to listen. There are around 330 graduate students, so I stay very busy, but I enjoy getting to interact with everyone!
Meeting students at a high school visit in Johannesburg, South Africa.
What do you like about Tucson, AZ?
It’s a comfortable place to live-it’s affordable, the weather is usually nice, and it has a small town feel. I also enjoy events like Tucson Meet Yourself where you get the opportunity to appreciate the multicultural makeup of our community.
What are some of your hobbies?
I like to travel, garden, hike, and do photography and other types of visual art. I also play in a co-ed soccer league and do pub trivia.
Standing on the equator in Quito, Ecuador!
Why does diversity matter to you?
As someone who has traveled all over the world (I’ve been to 63 countries), I can attest that there are a lot of things we can learn from each other. I can also say that once you get to know someone who is different from you, you discover you have a lot in common. Interacting with people of different cultures, backgrounds, religions, identities, etc. can provide you with a new perspective that you may not have encountered in your own life and can help develop empathy and understanding. 
Lindsay is picture here as part of a group of U.S. universities interviewed on TV in Islamabad, Pakistan. 
We're going to miss Lindsay and she begins her new position in Oregan, but we wish her all the best! Thanks for all of your efforts to enhance the academic and social experience for students within the college <3 
WiSSC Meet and Eat:
Salary  Negotiation
The third Women in STEM Student Council (WiSSC) Meet and Eat discussion will take place on Nov. 20 from 12-1:30pm, in ENR2 S225. The subject of this meeting will be negotiation. Lunch will be provided. Please visit WiSSC's website,, for the link to RSVP to the event. You will also find the selected articles and videos that serve as the foundation for this discussion.

Please RSVP for the Nov. 20 Meet and Eat by this Friday, Nov. 15.

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Upcoming Events

November 14, 2019
WiO BiWeekly Meeting
Meinel 654
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

November 16, 2019
SOCksgiving Potluck
Maryam's Place
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

November 22, 2019
Community Speakers
Meinel 410
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

December 2, 2019
Advanced Code V Training
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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