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Leading California in STEM diversity

As a leader in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in California, MESA has a strong presence in this year’s third annual STEM Symposium

 

The event brings together more than 3,000 STEM educators, influencers and industry representatives at the Anaheim Convention Center to share strategies and resources for success in STEM education October 29-30.

 

The two days are filled with dozens of workshops, keynote speakers and roundtables including MESA leaders across the state sharing best practices:

  • Engineering Your Own $80 Prosthetic Arm: Juanita Muniz-Torres, Statewide Director of MESA Programs, MESA; Marvin Maldonado, MESA director UC Irvine
  • Cisco and MESA Mentor Program: Matching Students with Industry Professionals: Mae Torlakson, corporate partnerships liaison, University of California-MESA; Jessica Graham, government and community relations, Cisco; Nilgun Ozer, MESA director, San Francisco State University
  • The Elephant in the Room: Access and Equity in STEM: Carlos González, MESA director, University of California, Riverside, Bourns College of Engineering
  • Educators Working with Industry to Create Alternative STEM Success Pathways: Theresa Garcia, asst. dean of student affairs, San Diego State University College of Engineering; Luis Topete, MESA director San Diego State; Daisy Galeana, Solar Turbines, Inc. engineer and MESA alumna
  • STEM Certificate for Educators Room: Carlos González, MESA director, University of California, Riverside, Bourns College of Engineering
  • Designing a Freshmen Seminar Program to Improve Recruitment and Retention of Female Engineering Students: Nilgun Ozer, MESA director, San Francisco State University
  • Steering Committee Member: Oscar Porter, MESA executive director

 

The Symposium has a special focus on increasing and supporting the participation of women, girls and other underrepresented groups in STEM fields. It is a collaboration of the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.