Potential Host Sites
"CSU STEM VISTA members have yielded exceptional growth and increased capacity within San Jose State's Computer Science and Cybersecurity-focused outreach programs. Forty SJSU service-learners participated in STEM outreach programs attracting more than 400 youth (70% girls) into CS and Cybersecurity disciplines." - Dr. Virginia Lehmkuhl-Dakhwe, director, Jay Pinson STEM Education Program
The CSU STEM VISTA program is always interested in connecting with individuals interested in increasing the academic and professional success of our CSU STEM students. We will release the 2018-2019 Request for Host Site Proposals (RFP) in late October 2017. In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about our program please contact Kristina Barger, VISTA Program Manager.
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 (described 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 our current CSU STEM VISTA member projects, visit www.csustemvista.wordpress.com.