STEM Engaged Learning

Initiatives

The CSU Center for Community Engagement is supporting the use of high-impact practices in STEM through a variety of systemwide initiatives, all aimed at promoting student success in STEM.

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CSU STEM VISTA

The CSU will launch a new program in 2014 with support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, CSU STEM VISTA: Building Institutional Capacity for a Stronger Baccalaureate. VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members will be placed with CSU STEM departments to build capacity to support student success in STEM, particularly among under-represented students. VISTAs will serve as liaisons between campus departments and their community partners so that CSU students can participate in mentoring and academic support programs, as well as engaged learning experiences like service learning, internships, community-based research and undergraduate research.
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Learn and Serve America's (STEM)²

Through a $500,000 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the CSU increased its service-learning course offerings in STEM by 86%. Read more about our processes and impact, and download the products we developed.
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Edison International's ECO LED

With a grant from Edison International, CSU faculty members developed service-learning courses that focused on habitat restoration and protection of endangered and threatened plants and animals; environmental education; and water quality and storm water management.
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Southern California Gas' Energy Efficiency & Education

In the 2012-2013 academic year, Southern California Gas (SoCal Gas) and the CSU partnered to increase career awareness and engagement of students in energy-related coursework and programs, positioning them for careers in energy efficiency and a life-long appreciation of energy conservation and efficiency.
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Campus as a Living Lab for Sustainability

This initiative brings together campus faculty and facilities management staff to use the campus as a forum for the exploration and application of sustainability concepts and theories, in order to contribute to both student knowledge and awareness of sustainability issues and also to make the campus a more sustainable community.
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