CSU STEM VISTA Quarter 3 Impact January 7th, 2017 - April 7th, 2017

This impact report showcases the third quarter accomplishments of the 19 CSU STEM VISTA members who have dedicated a year of national service from July 2017 - July 2018 to advance the CSU's goal of supporting the success of students interested in pursuing a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degree.

6,380 CSU students, faculty, and staff spent 133,841 hours involved in VISTA-supported programming including trainings and events supporting student opportunities in service learning, internships, and undergraduate research.

394 volunteers contributed 6483 hours of service supporting VISTA events and activities, such as providing tutoring, serving as peer mentors, and leading workshops.

526 CSU students, faculty, and staff spent 677 training hours attending one of the 60 trainings coordinated by the VISTAs.

4354 K-12 students spent 1252 hours in STEM enrichment programs and events organized by VISTA members.

And Now, Our VISTA Spotlight!

A special peak into the third quarter accomplishments of the 2016-17 CSU STEM VISTA members.

California State University, Bakersfield
At California State University, Bakersfield, VISTA members Nam Kang, Jake Williams, and Blake Lopez coordinated the second annual "Fab Fest" Event involving more than 200 K-5 students and community members. Exhibits, STEM demonstrations, and hands-on activities were led by 30 organizations and vendors.
California State University, Monterey Bay
At CSU Monterey Bay, VISTA member Natalie Hambalek coordinated six trainings for 26 STEM students on topics ranging from networking, professionalism and resumes to social media, and professional communication.
Sacramento State University

Sacramento State VISTA member, Kat Siat, hired and trained five new student ambassadors for the Commit to Study Program, who mentored and coached 29 students in growth mindset, time management, and motivation. She also wrote a few Haikus about the 10 months of her service experience, from moving across the country to interacting with her students and fellow VISTA members.


Office life is drab

But the students I work with?

Oh my gosh, they rock

San Jose State University

The Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) course at San Jose State University pairs four student teams with community partners to resolve local needs. One team worked with the South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition to design an underwater camera to monitor wildlife recovering from pollution.

VISTA member Alejandra Lopez coordinated the Spring Design Review where teams received feedback on their projects from local industry and community partners.
During a Community of Practice train-the-trainers gathering of eight K-12 teachers at the Tech Museum in San Jose, San José State University, VISTA member Christa Cheung led a dialogue on computer science equity in the classroom and how mentors helped her overcome barriers to STEM education. Following the gathering, the teachers presented similar sessions at their schools, reaching 42 educators
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

VISTA member Casey McCullough provided 518 hours of training for 163 faculty members on the obstacles and challenges imposed on undocumented students through campus, state, and national policies and how faculty can support undocumented students in navigating systems at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

"I have been a 'connector' and 'catalyst' for change at Cal Poly. We as VISTAs have our hands in many different buckets on campus and are able to initiate and foster important campus collaboration. Serving as a VISTA and helping start important conversations is really valuable in creating a more connected campus." VISTA member Emily Liptow, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
At the Southern California Association of American Colleges and Universities meeting, VISTA member Nicki Holm co-presented on how to create a training series for faculty members. She discussed the trainings she helped implement at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo that supported faculty members in discovering how to mentor undergraduate researchers more inclusively, equitably, and effectively.
Humboldt State University

VISTA member Jessica Garcia organized a weekly book circle for three-to-five Humboldt State University Klamath Connection students who read and discussed the book, Gather Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of the Mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

The author’s perspective of being a Native American woman and botanist helped the students make connections to their Native American Studies and Botany classes.
California State University, Long Beach

At CSU Long Beach (CSULB), VISTA member Kimberly Torres coordinated a screening of "Clinica de Migrantes." The documentary follows undocumented immigrants who share the challenges they face and highlights Puentes de Salud, a volunteer-run clinic in south Philadelphia that provides free medical care.

After the screening, Torres led a discussion with six community partners about health resources available to undocumented students at CSULB and in the community.
Fresno State University

At Fresno State University, VISTA members Lillian Senn and Miranda Lopez developed training for six Instructional Student Assistants (ISA) who are mentoring 63 STEM students. These initial trainings set the foundation for the peer mentoring program and included topics such as student rights, professional writing, public speaking, effective peer mentoring, and team building.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

At Cal Poly Pomona, VISTA members Cheyanne Ramon and Tiffany Seik-Ismail are strengthening recruitment efforts for the Maximizing Engineering Potential (MEP) Program. Tiffany created a video to recruit incoming engineering students to join MEP. Cheyanne recruited industry partners to facilitate U-Hour workshops designed to support students in the College of Engineering and MEP through professional development, industry mentorship, and graduate school presentations.

California State University, Stanislaus

VISTA member Miriam Ureno recruited and trained 16 student volunteers to facilitate hands-on experiments on gravity and planetary orbits and provide campus tours to 300 K-12 students who participated in CSU Stanislaus’ Physics Day. The experience was rewarding for all involved.

"The Physics Day was incredibly fulfilling because I not only connected with my peers, but was able to connect with the youth in our community." -CSU Stanislaus Student Volunteer
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