STEM Engaged Learning
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AmeriCorps*VISTA is a national service program of  the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and is often referred to as the domestic Peace Corps. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for 50 years. VISTA members focus on mobilizing resources in low-income communities to create lasting growth and enhance the development of organizations or projects within their communities. VISTA members are a short-term resource that can create lasting change.

The CSU STEM VISTA program builds the capacity of VISTA members and host site supervisors as leaders to foster cultural and systemic change in STEM at the college/department/program and institutional level. AmeriCorps*VISTA members serve on CSU campuses full-time for one year (July 2017 – July 2018) focused on STEM student success efforts.

VISTA host sites will use Yosso’s Cultural Wealth Model (outlined in the RFP) to implement and/or enhance sustainable programs that support STEM student success through one or both of the following priority areas:

  • Fostering academic innovation: Strategies that improve STEM student academic performance and enhance the quality of learning. (e.g. high impact practices, K-12 or community college outreach; high DFW STEM courses; other forms of engagement)
  • Addressing a current critical need: Strategies that address a current critical STEM student need identified on your campus. (e.g. food and housing security; mental well-being; undocumented student needs)


These priority areas support the CSU Graduation Initiative 2025.

To learn more about why we are focusing on STEM and equity, review our frequently asked questions.