Capacity Team

Elaine Arrieta, Education Outreach Specialist

Elaine Arrieta is an Arizona native. She attended ASU where she earned her BA in psychology. She started her career in behavioral health working at a residential treatment center for women and girls. It was there that she discovered her passion for education while helping adolescents with their studies. She returned to ASU for her post-baccalaureate studies in secondary education. Elaine enjoyed the roles of a classroom math teacher, administrator, and academic coach/mentor for 18 years. ...Her experience was predominantly in areas of poverty and she saw the barriers facing her students. Wanting to do more to affect change on a larger scale, Elaine moved out of the classroom and on to collective impact at Thriving Together, a systems change initiative through Valley of the Sun United Way. She managed educational impact programs by collaborating with schools and community organizations to enhance equity and educational outcomes for students in the Phoenix area. Because of her dedication to underrepresented populations and the opportunity to support culturally responsive programs in STEM, she found the educational outreach position a natural fit for her skill set. Elaine is excited to be a part of the CGEST team.

Alma Douglas, Project Manager Research

Alma is a project manager at ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise. She works with different organizations, departments, and centers within ASU to support researchers, project development, and implementation. She is an Arizona native and ASU alum.

Whitney Aragaki, STEM Ambassador

Whitney Aragaki (she/her) teaches tenth-grade biology and Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science at Waiākea High School in Hilo, Hawai‘i. She also teaches AP Environmental Science and AP Computer Science Principles statewide for the Hawai‘i Virtual Learning Network.

Aragaki has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Swarthmore College, and a Master of Science in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. She is a candidate in the Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Education.

Aragaki began her teaching career with support from the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Aspiring Teachers of Color Fellowship and the National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellowship. She is an alumna of the Hawai‘i State Teacher Fellowship. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, a Google Certified Educator and a 2019 and 2021 state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. 

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Quiera Haskins, Project Coordinator Intern

I am currently a junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership at Arizona State University. I am honored to be a part of the CGEST team! My journey started as an intern with CGEST and since, I have truly enjoyed the experience and growth in different areas such as communications, marketing, and becoming a Project Aide for CGEST. My passion for diversity and inclusion in STEM is a strong one. I have attended programs through ASU which focused on engineering and STEM, as well as a program called Sankofa, which provided support and cultural awareness for African American freshmen and transfer students. The experience obtained through these programs have instilled my drive to support in any way possible when it comes to under-represented women of color in STEM. I am excited to be a part of the team and look forward to providing hope and opportunities to young ladies and women interested in STEM.
Outside of work and my classes, I enjoy spending time with my 10-year-old son who is an extreme tech lover! His passion for video games and his desire to seek more behind the scene knowledge regarding them, pushes me further when it comes to researching how I may assist in bridging the gap when it comes to equity in STEM fields. 

Ariana Bui, Barrett Scholar Fellow

I am currently a sophomore in the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University majoring in Computer Science. I discovered my passion for coding in my high school’s robotics club, and I feel fortunate to have had the exposure because it inspired me to pursue a career in software engineering. I am excited to be a part of CGEST because I am able to help give others a similar opportunity to experience how awesome STEM is! I believe having a good support system is always important, so I hope to offer encouragement to those considering STEM, especially those currently underrepresented in the field or otherwise discouraged to join. 
A little more about me: when I am not studying or working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends in addition to staying active whether it’s golf, tennis, running, or volleyball. I love trying new things, and I am always down for an adventure!

Grace Connolly, Barrett Scholar Fellow

Grace Connolly is working towards receiving her Bachelor of Science in Physics at Arizona State University and Barrett the Honors College. She has an interest in astronomy and hopes to one day help conduct research on stars and galaxies. Along with space, Grace also has a passion for music and has played the flute for over nine years. Recently, at ASU, Grace has delved further into women and gender studies and wants to help make a difference for women in STEM like herself. As a Barrett Scholar, Grace is looking forward to learning more about diversity and inclusion for women in STEM and assisting in research with the CGEST team. Outside of school, Grace loves to spend time with her friends and family, – including her two pugs and one cat – watch movies, and bullet journal. 

Michelle Fisher, Barrett Fellow Scholar

Michelle is a current junior studying computer Science at Arizona State University and is currently a Barrett Scholars Fellow working on the CompuPower grant. She gained her interest to pursue the field of technology through her interests in robotics and art. Through some of her volunteer experiences, she grew a passion for contributing to closing the technology gap that exists in communities and across the globe. In addition to this, she seeks to help close the gender gap in the technology field in an effort to help diversify computer science and other related fields. Outside of school, Michelle spends her time baking, painting, and listening to history podcasts.