Project RAISE (Retention and Achievement for Introductory STEM English Learners), a five-year Institutional Transformation Project funded by the National Science Foundation, will host the inaugural I.E. Summer STEM Community event on June 1.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about STEM careers, participate in roundtable discussions, and network with Cal State San Bernardino professors, students and alumni. The event is free and will be held at the Santos Manuel Student Union South from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Project RAISE partnered with local K-12 public school districts in the San Bernardino County for the event, which is geared toward high school students and their families, counselors and teachers. At the collaborative event, student clubs in the College of Natural Sciences will share information, and the Office of Outreach and Student Recruitment will provide campus tours.

During a roundtable discussion, attendees will learn about campus resources, student life and STEM majors from CSUSB students. There will also be a roundtable featuring CSUSB faculty, who will share their teaching methods and expectations for students. In addition, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy will conduct a lecture demonstration for attendees to showcase what students can expect in the classroom.

Bilingual sessions will be conducted in Spanish to prevent language barriers and allow families to learn about the college process together.

Project RAISE strives to improve student retention in introductory courses for STEM majors at Cal State San Bernardino. It addresses challenges students, including English learners, face in STEM-specific academic language but frame multilingual identities and skills as important STEM assets to be supported and celebrated.

For more information, contact Alicia Cronin at or visit the Project RAISE website.