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CSU STEM VISTA graduates
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About CSU STEM VISTA

Our work is focused on eliminating race, class and gender disparities in STEM.

The CSU STEM VISTA program provides a one year national service opportunity for dedicated professionals to apply their skills, knowledge and talents to meet the needs of our STEM students in the California State University system. Whether you are a recent college graduate or have career goals in STEM or education, our one-year program is designed to help our VISTA members grow professionally and personally as they create and enhance programs for STEM students.

Our selected VISTA members are matched with a CSU campus team and work full-time on STEM student success projects for one year. VISTA members serve from July 8, 2019 through July 7, 2020 (these dates are not negotiable). We train and support our VISTA members, alongside their campus team, to utilize sustainable, asset-based approaches that empower and engage students of color, students from low-income communities, and students who are first in their family to attend college.

Alongside their campus teams, VISTA members develop, strengthen and expand the effectiveness of learning experiences for STEM students, with the ultimate goal of increasing retention and completion for all students. VISTA members have helped campuses launch peer mentoring programs, connect service-learning students with K-12 schools, enrich first-year experience programs, develop academic enrichment trainings and workshops, and establish internship and research opportunities for STEM students. Read more about what VISTAs do here.

VISTA members are also part of the national service program, AmeriCorps VISTA. Often referred to as the domestic Peace Corps, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) has been fighting poverty in America since 1965. We embody the AmeriCorps VISTA program’s core principles, which include:

  • Anti-Poverty Focus: Our VISTA members support CSU campus efforts to support students from all backgrounds, specifically focused on serving students who come from low-income communities, students of color, and student who are first in their family to attend college.
  • Community Empowerment: Our VISTA members believe in and utilize the strengths of the students they are serving and incorporate their voice into the planning, development and implementation of their projects.
  • Capacity Building: Our VISTA members expand the ability of CSU campuses to eliminate equity gaps by building infrastructure, expanding partnerships, securing long-term resources, coordinating trainings and much more.
  • Sustainable Solutions: Our VISTA members serve as a short-term resource for CSU campuses to achieve lasting solutions to increasing STEM student retention and completion.