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Our Team

Meet the LSAMP team

The LSAMP team is here to support LSAMP Students. We can connect you with resources on campus and support you on your academic and professional journey. We are located in Mary Gates Hall 311. We look forward to connecting with you!

June Hairston, Ed. D.

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PNW LSAMP Project Director and UW LSAMP Director

About June

June entered the University of Washington in 1971 as an Administrative Assistance for the Summer Youth Program, sponsored by the UW Athletic Department.

Working six years as an UW Activities Adviser, 27 years as an Academic Advisor, and five years in January 2021 as Director of PNW LSAMP, June can say it has truly been a wonderful and rewarding career! She has supported thousands of underrepresented students, and is honored to work with URM students pursuing a STEM degree.

June received her undergraduate training in Psychology from Seattle University in 1975 and a Masters of Education from the UW in Educational Psychology in 1978. She entered the UW in 1979 as an Activities Adviser, and was later hired as an Academic Adviser/Counselor with the Office of Minority Affairs. While working full time, June pursued and completed a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from College of Education at the University of Washington in 2015.

The Hairston family is a UW family. Her husband, Dr. Roland Hairston, and their two sons, are all UW alumni. June had the opportunity to advise and guide both sons’ educational experiences. Her youngest, Russell, played during the glory years of Husky football; three Rose Bowls (won two) and one National Championship (1991).

As the Director of UW LSAMP, June brings great energy and enthusiasm to the role and is always looking for every opportunity to expand her reach in providing support and assistance to this underserved population in STEM


Bethany Vasquez (Voss-qiss)

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UW LSAMP Program Coordinator

About Bethany

Bethany, a first-generation college graduate with a degree in psychology & sociology, navigated her academic journey as a transfer student from EWU to WSU. Her college experience included an undergraduate laboratory internship at PNNL, researching nanomaterials & photoelectrochemistry.

Over the past five years, Bethany worked in the Kent School District,  strengthening the community & creating programs that assist students with their academics & mental health. Committed to enhancing support & broadening access for historically marginalized groups, Bethany developed an app to identify & meet diverse student needs. Her newfound passion for coding & human-centered design has motivated her to continue her education in these fields.

Bethany is eager to leverage her passion & experiences to build relationships, break down barriers, & create a supportive environment that champions the growth & success of underrepresented students in STEM.

Sara (Sah-rah) Latchman-Sheikh (Shake)

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LSAMP Student Assistant

About Sara

Sara is a sophomore planning to major in architectural design. Sara became a student assistant at LSAMP because of her desire to assist others to access helpful resources and make a difference in student’s lives. Having used the LSAMP center herself to study and attend skills sessions, she understands the importance of these spaces for underrepresented students.

Sara is a motivated student focused on achieving academic excellence on her path to becoming an architect. She aims to design buildings in a sustainable manner with a focus on affordability, especially for traditionally overlooked and underrepresented communities.