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The CSU Promotes Diversity in STEM at National Conference



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The CSU contributes to diversifying the STEM fields. Photo courtesy of CSU Long Beach


The California State University is a platinum sponsor for this year's SACNAS National Conference, held on October 13 to 15 in Long Beach, California. The conference, hosted by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), promotes diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by offering workshops, presentations, keynotes, networking events and other training activities for students.

The CSU is committed to supporting and strengthening STEM education across its 23 campuses and to producing more Latino/Hispanic and Native American college graduates with STEM degrees. At the SACNAS conference, representatives from the Chancellor's Office and CSU campuses will share information on numerous systemwide and campus programs that support students in their STEM careers, as well as recruiting faculty and graduate students.

Some programs include:

  • The systemwide Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) aims to increase the number of doctoral students applying for CSU faculty positions by offering financial assistance and mentorship by CSU faculty.
  • The systemwide California Pre-Doctoral Program seeks to increase the pool of future faculty by supporting potential doctoral students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages.  
  • CSU Northridge's BUILD PODER program is an undergraduate training program that allows students to work with professors on research projects related to health.
  • CSU Los Angeles' Minority Opportunities in Research (MORE) programs enhance the development of students of color who wish to pursue careers in STEM research.
  • San Francisco State's Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) program promotes diversity in the biomedical research workforce by engaging students and faculty representing different backgrounds and perspectives.

Learn more about the CSU's commitment to diversifying the field of STEM.

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