STEM-NET Conference

Becoming More than the Sum of our Parts 

The STEM-NET conference is a CSU-wide convening of STEM professionals designed to respond to system and state goals, to identify specific actions including policy modifications and sharing of best practices, networking, and growing sponsored program activities. An outcome will be to broaden awareness of STEM-NET in the CSU and its role in catalyzing and facilitating collaborations across campuses. System and state goals include increasing STEM enrollment, eliminating equity gaps, increasing the graduation rates, decreasing time to graduation, promoting, and delivering equity and success for all, and responding to funding opportunities.

STEM-NET is excited to welcome you to the conference.

Event Location​

Kellogg West Conference Center & Hotel​
3801 W. Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
Hotel Floor Plan

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Conference Registrant Check-in Information
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2022
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Lower Level, Lobby area

Parking Passes will not be required. 

Wifi Connection/ Charging Outlets will be available at the center. Guest will have to put in their phone number to get an access code for connection. Charging stations will be available throughout the center. 

NOTE: If VPN is installed on your laptop by your campus, please check with your IT team that you can connect to the center's wifi once you arrive. 

If you have questions, please contact Monica Alarcon​

Registration Deadline

Wednesday, February 1, 2022

Program Schedule

Thursday, March 16, 2023


Session Name
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome and conference introductions
Jolene Koester, Chancellor
Jeffrey Armstrong, President, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Frank A. Gomez, Executive Director, STEM-NET

Location: Auditorium Theatre 
9:15 a.m. – 9:55 a.m
Serving Students with Intention
Beatriz Ceja-Williams, Senior Director, Institutional Higher Education Programs
Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

Location: Auditorium Theatre 
9:55 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. 
Simultaneous breakout sessions

(Each session will be conducted twice. Attendees choose two out of four to attend.)

Session 1 – Data for Improving Outcomes 

Erik Wasinger, Chico State
Heidi Riggio, Cal State LA

Location: Valley Vista

Session 2 – CREATE Award Winners

Helen Trejo, Cal Poly Pomona

Dustin Thoman, San Diego State
Cassandra Paul, San Jose State

Location: Garden Vista

Session 3 – Inclusive and Culturally Responsive Teaching

Heather Macias, Cal State Long Beach

Location: Mountain Vista

Session 4 – Connecting University STEM Programs for Student Success

Carmen Domingo, San Francisco State

Location: Campus Vista

12:15 p.m. – 1​:45 p.m.
Location: Dining Room A, B, C 
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
 STEM-NET Faculty Fellows Panel 

Subodh Bhandari, Cal Poly Pomona 
Jessica De Silva, Stanislaus State
Olaseni Sode, Cal State LA

Location: Dining Room A, B, C ​​

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Networking for collaborative sponsored programming growth in STEM
Location: Dining Room A, B, C
2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.
Networking session 1
Note: There will separate tables displaying topics for discussion during the networking sessions. Participants can choose a table to attend. Each Table will have a lead to take notes.​


  • NSF Projects/Proposals Brainstorming
  • Department of Education Projects/Proposals Brainstorming
  • NIH Projects/Proposals Brainstorming
  • HSI-STEM Projects/Proposals Brainstorming
  • NASA Projects/Proposal Brainstorming
  • Other Projects/Proposals Brainstorming
  • Recruitment and Retention of a Diverse Student Body
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Diversifying the Professoriate
  • Addressing Intersectionality
  • Barriers to Student Success
  • STEM Pedagogy Activities
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching and Pedagogy
  • Gateway Courses
  • Belongingness
  • Keeping the Curriculum Relevant: Integrating Emerging Technologies
  • 3:00 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
    Networking session 2
    4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Poster session
    Location: Exhibit Lounge/ Courtyard
    5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Location: Dining Room A, B, ​C 

    Friday, March 17, 2023

    Session Name
    7:30​ a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    Location: Dining Room A, B, C 
    9:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m
    Flipping the Table: The Rules of Engagement Have Changed
    Teniel Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Base11

    Location: Auditorium Theatre
    9:40 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.


    9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. 
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Simultaneous breakout sessions

    (Each session will be conducted twice. Attendees choose two out of four to attend.)

    Session 1 – Undergraduate Research and the Teacher-Scholar Model. Where do we go from here?​

    Keith Trujillo, CSU San Marcos 

    Location: Mountain Vista

    Session 2 – What does Experiential Learning Mean to Me? Envisioning the Future

    Wei Wu, Fresno State
    Vivien Luo, Fresno State 

    Location: Valley Vista

    Session 3 – Cultivating Belonging in STEM through Affirming Activities

    Audrey Gavino Parangan-Smith, San Francisco State

    Location: Campus Vista

    12:00 p.m.
    End of conference

    Closest Airports

    Ontario International Airport: 15.5 miles
    John Wayne Airport: 31 miles

    Hotel Options

    Option 1:

    Kellogg West Conference Center & Hotel
    3801 W. Temple Avenue
    Pomona, CA 91768
    Closest Airport: Ontario International Airport 15.5 miles
    Distance from hotel to Kellogg West Conference Center & Hotel: Same location as the center

    Hotel Accommodations:

    Dates: 3/15/23 –3/16/23
    Room Rates - $95 plus tax (Single) / $105 plus tax (Double), per night
    Individual guests are responsible for making their own reservations as well as the cost of hotel accommodations. The rate will be available until March 1, 2023.

    Reservations are to be made by the individuals calling Kellogg West directly at (909) 869-2222 and requesting a reservation for CSU STEM.

    Option 2:

    Double Tree by Hilton Pomona
    3101 W Temple Ave, Pomona, CA 91768
    Closest Airports: Ontario International Airport 16 miles
    Distance from hotel to Kellogg West Conference Center & Hotel: 2.0 miles

    Room Rate: Subject to the hotel rates. 

    Individual guests are responsible for making their own reservations as well as the cost of hotel accommodations. 


    This event will be catered by the Kellogg Center. Food options will be chef's choice. Buffet style and a vegeterian option will be available. If you have other special dietary restrictions and wish to bring your own food. The hotel can provide access to a refrigerator and microwave for the guest. If you are staying in the hotel, there is a refrigerator in the guest room and if not, they have them at the front desk and sales office as well as in the kitchen. There is a microwave in the lobby that is available for guest use. There is a Sprout’s grocery store near by. 

    Poster Presentations

    Each campus is requested to bring one (1) poster highlighting an example of their campus work which may focus on, for example, STEM programs and outcomes, pedagogical and curricular activities, student success outcomes, or related areas.​ 

    Poster Board size: 3’ wide by 3.75’ ft tall. Please stay within the size guidelines