Director and Staff

Dr. Jill Williams, Director

Dr. Jill Williams stepped in as WISE Director in November of 2014.  Before taking this position, Jill  completed an  MA in Women's Studies fromthe University of Cincinnati and a PhD in Geography from the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. She has worked extensively with the Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers to increase diversity in the field of geography and promote feminist geographic research more broadly.

In addition to developing and implementing outreach and student engagement opportunities as Director of WISE, Jill also maintains an active research agenda focused on understanding contemporary border and immigration enforcement policies and their effects.  You can read more about her scholarly work here. Please contact Jill at if you are interested in getting involved with WISE or have other questions. 





Elena Greenberg, The Bio/Diveristy Project Program Coordinator

Elena Greenberg is the Program Coordinator for the Bio/Diversity Project, which is an environmental outreach program run through WISE. She helps collaborate and communicate between UA students, TUSD teachers, and the WISE partner organizations. In addition to her role as program coordinator, Elena is a current Master of Public Health Student at the University of Arizona, with a focus in Health Behavior Health Promotion.

Elena graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies in 2015. For the next two years, Elena served with FoodCorps in Prescott Arizona as a garden and nutrition educator, where she worked to establish new school gardens as well as create and deliver culturally-relevant Farm to School curriculum. Thereafter, she worked for FoodCorps as the Arizona Service Member recruiter and as a Grant Evaluator for the Whole Kids Foundation. She also worked as a garden teacher for two rural schools in New Mexico, on the Santo Domingo and Cochiti Pueblos. Please contact Elena at with any questions about the Bio/Diversity Project.


Erika Sylvia Nacim, MPH, WISE Program Coordinator


Erika Sylvia Nacim was born and raised in El Paso, Texas until moving to Tucson, Arizona to attend High School. She then moved to Los Angeles, California to complete Bachelor degrees in Cell & Molecular Biology and Spanish Literature at Occidental College. She returned to Tucson for a Masters in Public Health program in Global Health at the University of Arizona, having lived, studied, and worked in England, Sweden, and Peru. She is currently pursuing two doctoral degrees, a PhD in Mexican American Studies and an EdS in Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies. She is now the Program Coordinator for the Women in Science & Engineering Program (WISE). Please contact Erika at with any questions about WISE affiliated programs.






Samantha Mata Robles, WISE Student Worker 

Samantha Mata Robles is a passionate and determined girl from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Having seen early in her life how many people didn't have access to a quality lifestyle due to the lack of affordable health services and products, she decided to pursue a Biomedical Engineering Major, as it perfectly blends both of her passions, helping others and STEM. Throughout her short life, she has become an active asset in youth empowerment and leadership development. However, her short experience in the world of STEM has made her realize how much disparity there is for women in these fields. Now, she's made it her goal to contribute as much as possible to improve this situation, as well to empower and provide an integral preparation for all the women in STEM. Please contact Sam at with any questions.

Lizbeth Perez, WISE Student Worker 

Lizbeth Perez is a student worker with the Bio/Diversity Project. She served as a Spanish Environmental Educator for the past year and now has an expanded role in assisting the administration of the Bio/Diveristy Project. Her passion for the project stems from her own experience growing up without PoC role models, only recently having switched to a Natural Resources major due to this disconnect. She has found her role in classrooms rewarding as it gave her the chance to connect with other minority students, and show them they could pursue higher education and careers in environmental studies, where there is high disparity for minorities.  She finds the work of the project important, as diversifying the environmental sciences is essential in this time of environmental crisis. Please contact Lizbeth at with any questions.