Director and Staff



Dr. Stephanie Murphy, WISE Director

Dr. Murphy (she/they) is the Director of the Women in Science and Engineering Program. She also holds an appointment as associate research social scientist and faculty within the University of Arizona's Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW). Since earning her doctoral degree in Gender and Women Studies with a focus on social/cultural geography, feminist theory, and interdisciplinary methodology in 2017, Dr. Murphy has conducted applied research, program evaluation, teaching/training in the areas of gender equity in education and employment, with special attention to STEM fields. She also has experience developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally-informed community based programs and insitutional interventions. As an immigrant and the first in her family to attend college, Dr. Murphy is deeply invested in making STEM education more accessible to underserved communities here in Southern Arizona.  For more information on the WISE program or her other projects, please contact Dr. Murphy at with any questions.




Elena Greenberg, MPH, Program Coordinator Senior

Elena Greenberg (she/her) is the Senior Program Coordinator for WISE. She coordinates three WISE outreach programs –The Bio/Diversity Project, The CREATES Literacy Project, & the Imagine Your STEM Future Program. She helps collaborate and communicate between UArizonastudents, local K-12 schools and teachers, and WISE partner organizations.

Elena holds a Masters degree in Public Health, concentrating in Health Behavior Health Promotion, from the University of Arizona. She also has her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies from Northern Arizona University. Before starting her role as a program coordinator for WISE, Elena worked in Prescott, Arizona for 2 years as a garden and nutrition educator, where she established and built new school gardens, created and facilitated culturally-relevant, hands-on, and place-based Farm to School curriculum for K-12 students, and spearheaded several school wellness committees. Thereafter, she worked with FoodCorps as the Arizona Service Member recruiter and as a Grant Evaluator for the Whole Kids Foundation. During this time she also worked as a K-8 garden teacher for two rural schools in New Mexico, on the Santo Domingo and Cochiti Pueblos. While in graduate school, Elena also worked as a public health evaluator for the Community Research, Evaluation & Development Team (CRED) in the Norton School of Family & Consumer Sciences at the University of Arizona. Please contact Elena at with any questions about WISE outreach programs.



Gabriela Perez Laurent, WISE Program Coordinator 

Gabriela Perez (she/her/ella) joins SIROW as project coordinator for the Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) program. As a facilitator and educator, Gabriela combines her past experience and her social work background to support the WISE Mentorship Program connecting University of Arizona students with mentor pairs in industry and academia. She brings multiple years of experience working within mentorship spaces focused on Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), first-generation students, and historically marginalized populations in educational settings. In the past, Gabriela has collaborated in participatory action research projects focused on strong communication between mentors and mentees. Within higher education settings, Gabriela has worked in cultural centers, mental health support services for students, as well as a gender advocate. Gabriela completed her graduate studies in Social Work (MSW) and Women’s and Gender Studies (MA) at Loyola University Chicago and was raised in the southwest on Hohokam, O’odham, Arapaho, and Cheyenne lands. Please contact Gabriela at with any questions.