Host a VISTA
CSU STEM VISTA provides STEM departments or colleges with a VISTA member for one year, from July 2014 to July 2015. CSU STEM VISTA members help implement, enhance, and increase the number of high impact practices (HIPs) offered, such as service learning, internships, and undergraduate research.
The overall goal of CSU STEM VISTA is to increase student success in STEM, at the college and/or K-12 level, through participation in HIPs. The program focuses on increasing the pursuit, persistence, and graduation rates of traditionally underrepresented students in STEM.
The CSU Chancellor’s Office Center for Community Engagement (CCE) will recruit, select, hire, train and provide additional supervision to each member, in consultation with host sites.
Significant training and professional development will be provided throughout the year, on fundamental topics, including: community partnership building, high impact practices, basics of community organizing, facilitation, assessment, social justice and identity exploration, and student leadership and development theory. Particular to this program is training on successful, evidence-based practices for STEM student success.
What can a CSU STEM VISTA member do for your STEM department or college?
Below are just a few examples CSU STEM VISTA capacity building activities:
- Develop Community Partnerships: outreach to alumni, industry, government and non-profit organizations, K-12 schools, and funders
- Training: develop and facilitate trainings for community partners, CSU students and/or K-12 students
- Fundraising: organize fundraising events; research and write funding proposals
- Outreach and Communication Management: develop communication systems to reach external audiences; design brochures, posters, websites; develop press kits, press releases; manage social media
- Evaluation: develop systems to track and assess student success, effectiveness of projects, and impact on community
- Facilitate Success: advise and assist students to ensure success