Dr. Kristin Finch is the associate dean for diversity and inclusion in the Eberly College of Science at Penn State University. In this role, she facilitates efforts to promote a nurturing climate for all members of the college community, advances the representation of the diverse communities in the college, including undergraduate and graduate students and faculty, and supports the curricular and co-curricular programs hosted through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the college.
Dr. Finch came to Penn State from Tufts University, where she was the associate director of the Center for STEM Diversity. At Tufts, she advocated for access and equity of first-generation and low-income students by leading a summer bridge program, a first-year advising class, and a STEM outreach program. She earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she studied small molecule inhibitors of protein-protein interactions. After graduate school, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, while concurrently teaching physical science as an adjunct faculty member at LeMoyne-Owen College.
Samia Cooperider is the Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusion in the Eberly College of Science at Penn State University. In this role, she recruits and supports undergraduate students across the college, including those who participate in university scholarship programs such as the Bunton-Waller program and students within First-Year in Science and Engineering (FISE) living and learning community. While supporting students, she creates and implements programming to engage students about and across difference, promote respectful dialogue, and create change for a better good.
Samia earned her Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Criminal Justice from University of Illinois.
Amber Boston is the Program Coordinator for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the Eberly College of Science at Penn State University. In this role, Amber works closely with the STEM-diversity focused student organizations as well as supporting the office in the overall recruitment, retention and mentoring of underrepresented students in science. Amber believes that diversity is the one thing that we all have in common and that by bringing together a diverse team allows for unique and creative solutions in solving problems.
Bridget Deromedi is the administrative assistant for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the Eberly College of Science. She supports Associate Dean Kristin Finch and Assistant Director Artemio Cardenas with the administration of programs and activities that aid the recruitment, retention, mentoring, and development of underrepresented students in science and is responsible for managing day-to-day operations in the office. Bridget also serves as the administrative assistant for the college’s Climate and Diversity Committee and strives to contribute to their mission of maintaining a supportive, respectful, and welcoming environment throughout the Eberly College of Science.
Bridget is a native of Pennsylvania, attended Penn State, where she earned a bachelor of arts in English, and has been employed with the University for more than six years. She is passionate about animal welfare issues and spends most of her time outside of work volunteering with animal rescues.