STEM Engaged Learning
VISTA Projects
Vista Projects

CSU STEM VISTA members serve as liaisons between their hosted CSU campus and its community partners so that CSU students can participate in mentoring and academic support programs, as well as engaged learning experiences like service learning, internships, and undergraduate research.

For the 2017-2018 program year, the CSU STEM VISTA program awarded 19 VISTA members to 15 CSU STEM departments, colleges, and institutes to build capacity for programs that support student success in STEM, particularly among low-income, students of color, women and first generation (i.e., those traditionally underserved populations).

AmeriCorps*VISTA operates under the following four core principles and all projects must be developed in accordance with them:

  1. Anti-Poverty Focus: The purpose of the AmeriCorps*VISTA program is to support efforts to fight poverty. VISTA projects are designed to help individuals and communities get out of poverty by focusing on long-term solutions rather than short-term services.
  2. Community Empowerment: The proposed project must be responsive and relevant to the lives of the community residents and should tap into inherent community assets, strengths and resources. Host sites should ensure that their project engages low-income community residents by including them in the planning, developing, implementation, and evaluation of the project.
  3. Sustainable Solutions: As directed by Congress, VISTAs are short term resources that serve to build the long-term sustainability of anti-poverty programs. VISTA projects should be developed with the goal that when VISTA members are phased out the project will be sustainable.
  4. Capacity Building: VISTA projects leverage resources, expand the scale/reach, efficiency, and/or effectiveness of programs or organizations. Rather than providing direct service to low-income individuals and communities, VISTA members strengthen organizations by building infrastructure, expanding community partnerships, securing long-term resources, coordinating training for participants and more as determined by the local needs’ assessment. VISTA members create systems that remain after their service ends.

Learn more about our 2017-2018 projects here.

Read about the projects and accomplishments of our last two CSU STEM VISTA cohorts here.