About Us

The mission of the Institute for STEM Education is to advance STEM teaching and learning in parallel with the rapidly changing knowledge, practices, and needs in STEM fields and disciplines.

In addition to preparing students for success in STEM fields and disciplines, the Institute aims to help all students acquire the STEM knowledge required for decision making in their daily lives.


Founders of the Institute envision the following:

STEM Leadership: CSU East Bay’s recognition as a STEM leader at the local, state and national levels will increase as a result of the joint efforts of faculty, staff and students from all four colleges and campus divisions, working together to build common knowledge, develop and continuously revise coherent interdisciplinary strategies, and as the campus’ many assets are put to use to develop new knowledge and innovations.

STEM Community Building and Collaboration: CSU East Bay’s partners, in business and industry, K12 schools, community colleges, the non-profit sector, and in the community at-large, will realize ongoing benefits as a result of their participation in the Institute’s initiatives.

Educational Opportunities (from Cradle to Career) That Enable All to Create, Innovate and Thrive: Educational offerings by CSU East Bay and its partners will reflect state of the art STEM knowledge and practices, thereby ensuring that graduates have the requisite knowledge, skills and ways of thinking, knowing and being that are required for success in their chosen field.

Partnerships That Foster Success: The joint work of CSU East Bay and its partners will fuel economic development and result in new discoveries.


The Institute’s long-term goals are to:

1) Provide faculty, students, and staff with support needed for collaborative endeavors aligned with the Institute’s mission and vision.

2) Prepare the STEM workforce and offer opportunities for returning to pursue advanced degrees and certificates.

3) Advance teaching and learning in STEM fields and disciplines in students’ early years, in K12 schools, and in higher education.

4) Establish and continuously engage a community of STEM education supporters, including formal and informal educators, students, representatives from business and industry, and many others in the community-at-large.

5) Provide leadership for STEM policies.

All of the Institute’s goals focus on building and supporting the breadth of diversity of our community and students, with a special emphasis on underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines. Institute participants and staff will also ensure that the commitment to diversity is reflected in the strategies and actions taken to realize these goals.