Title III Grant-STEM Conexiones
7250 Mesa College Drive
School of Learning Resources and Academic Support, LRC
San Diego, CA 92111

Leticia P. Lopez, Ph.D.
Program Manager
(619) 388-2353

Yolanda Catano, M.A.
Administrative Technician
(619) 388-5034

Kelly Spoon
STEM Professional Learning Coordinator
(619) 388-2670

Irena Stojimirovic
STEM Peer Mentor Coordinator

Brian Mackus
STEM Instructional Support Supervisor
(619) 388-2257

Taya Lazootin
Innovation Research Lab Coordinator
(619) 388-5561

Patricia Rodriguez
STEM Counselor
(619) 388-2513

Nancy Cortes
Research Analyst
(619) 388-2459

Devon Rojas
Project Assistant
(619) 388-5561

Proyecto Exito
STEM Conexiones

Title III Grant
STEM Conexiones

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STEM ConexionesThe U.S Department of Education awarded Mesa College a 5-year, $5 million HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) Title III STEM Grant to fund “STEM Conexiones” (STEM Connections), and support Hispanic and low-income students. The grant aims to increase student connections in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) through enhanced counseling services, workshops, peer mentoring and outreach, faculty connections through cultural professional learning and STEM curriculum redesign, and pathway connections working directly with high schools and adult learners to prepare them for STEM majors. This grant will establish a STEM Center and a STEM Research Incubator for students, and furthers Mesa College’s commitment as a Hispanic Serving Institution.

STEM Conexiones Overview 

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Through the institutionalization of programs and practices at San Diego Mesa College, we will increase the percentage of full-time, Hispanic, and low-income students that:

  • Seek a STEM degree
  • Complete a STEM degree
  • Transfer in a STEM major

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  • Student Connections – Examples include: Development of a STEM Center and Research Incubator with a cultural focus; STEM faculty mentoring; Structured Learning Assistance
  • Faculty Connections – Examples include: Implement a comprehensive professional development program for STEM faculty that includes training in culturally-inclusive pedagogy, mentoring, and use of technology; Course and lab redesign opportunities; STEM Faculty Mentoring
  • Pathways – Examples include: Provide outreach regarding STEM education and STEM careers to students in K-12 with a focus on high school students; Provide undecided Mesa students with info on STEM programs and careers; Review existing articulation agreements; Develop smooth pathways for students transferring to four-year institutions