Cal Poly Pomona Intentional Venture Engaging STEM Students (CPP INVESTS) is a National Science Foundation funded grant (Award #2122567) aimed at improving undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI). CPP INVESTS aims to enhance the quality of undergraduate STEM education and the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of STEM students at Cal Poly Pomona by expanding student pathways to continued STEM education and integration into the STEM workforce. INVESTS will embed experiential learning through selected High Impact Practices (HIPs) at critical transitions in the STEM student life cycle to engage students from their first year to post-graduation with particular attention to students from underrepresented and minoritized groups and those who are first-generation. In addition, CPP INVESTS will offer faculty professional development in the areas of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA).

Upcoming Programs and Events

Faculty and Staff Summer Conference

Date: May 29 - 31, 2024
Time: Wednesday - 08:30-4:00pm | Thursday - 08:30-4:00pm | Friday - 08:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Format: In Person, CBA Building 

First Year Experience (FYE) Learning Experience (LC)

Date: Fall 2024 - Thursdays: 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, 11/21, 12/5
Time: Thursdays - 11:45-1:00pm 
Format: In Person, Building 4, 2nd Floor, Room 314
Overview: This Learning Community is for STEM staff and faculty (tenure track faculty and adjunct faculty) who teach or may be interested in teaching a First Year experience (FYE) class. 


Date: Year-round
Time: Varies
Format: Online via Zoom/In Person
Overview: Micro-Internships are a great way for students and recent graduates to gain professional experience and get a taste of the real-world tasks and projects you'll be working on as a new hire or intern. 

Project Learning Assistant (PLA)

Date: Train in the Spring, Work in the Fall
Time: Varies
Format: Online via Zoom/In Person
Overview: CPP INVESTS is currently recruiting sophomore and junior STEM students who want to give back to the educational community by becoming Project Learning Assistants (PLAs). PLAs serve as student mentors and assist faculty in project based learning in the First Year Experience (FYE) courses.

Equity Institute Peer-to-Peer Reciprocal Coaching Faculty Learning Community

Date: Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 (TBA)
Time: Varies
Format: Online via Zoom/In Person
Overview: The training institute is designed to equip educators with the knowledge and skills to teach in an equitable way that aligns with Cal Poly Pomona's mission to deliver an inclusive polytechnic education to all students and close equity gaps

CUREs Learning Community (LC)

Date: 2023-2024: once a month
Time: TBA
Format: In Person
Overview: Embed CUREs in second year STEM gateway courses.