We are pleased to share that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), through the California State Office, has awarded the CSU Chancellor’s Office, Center for Community Engagement (CCE), 15 AmeriCorps*VISTA positions (to be awarded to STEM departments) to launch a new program in the 2014-2015 academic year.

Through this new program, CSU STEM VISTA: Building Institutional Capacity for a Stronger Baccalaureate, VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members will serve in CSU STEM departments to build capacity to support student success in STEM, particularly among under-represented students. VISTAs will serve as liaisons between campus departments and their community partners so that CSU students can participate in mentoring and academic support programs, as well as engaged learning experiences like service learning, internships, community-based research and undergraduate research. VISTAs can also support K-12 student success in STEM through departmental partnerships with local K-12 schools, after school programs, local science museums, and other youth programs. The overall goal of this VISTA program is to link education and community engagement to help alleviate poverty.

We have already received enthusiastic response from many CSU STEM departments and we look forward to implementing this innovative program in the next year.