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About the Yo Soy STEM - Title III Hispanic-Serving Institution STEM Grant

"This competition specifically acknowledges the importance of student-centered programs that will increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students who graduate with degrees in STEM fields, as well as the need to promote support systems to ensure that community college students will continue to pursue STEM degrees once enrolled at a four-year institution.” (U.S. Department of Education, 2021) 

At San Diego City College, the Yo Soy STEM will:

  • Provide work-based learning experiences
  • Enhance academic success and academic program completion
  • Provide integrated student support services



Meet the Team

STEM Engagement and Academic Support Leaders

Curriculum Specialst          Curriculum Specialist     Program Support Technician

Heather McGray               Clara Mateo                   Cecilia Thibeault

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Coordinator                                  Director

Lawson Hardrick-Cervantes     Claudia Diaz Carrasco

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San Diego City College is proud to be formally designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the United States Department of Education, giving us the opportunity to receive the “Yo Soy STEM” grant that focuses on both the intersection of HSI designation with STEM fields.

The purpose of the HSI STEM grant at San Diego City College is to expand educational opportunities and improve the academic attainment of Hispanic and low-income students, and to expand and enhance the academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability of colleges and universities that are educating the majority of Hispanic college students. As an HSI, San Diego City College is committed to student success, educational equity, and social justice.

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Yo Soy STEM's Summer Bridge is:

A one-day intensive program that brings together students and leaders like you, connecting you with mentors, engaging workshops, and valuable resources to launch your STEM path to success at San Diego City College & beyond.


Discover what our Summer Bridge offers:

  • Build a supportive community
  • Prepare for 4-year university transfer
  • Prepare for STEM Careers/Internships/Jobs
  • Find inspiring mentors
  • Explore your interests
  • Develop essential skills
  • Prepare for the future
  • University tour - UC San Diego
  • Get paid: You heard that right. Every participant will earn $100!

How do you know if Yo Soy STEM's Summer Bridge is for you?


  • Are you a recent high school graduate, first- or second-year college student at San Diego City College, or simply curious about STEM?
  • Our Track #1: Exploration Track will expose you to various STEM disciplines and pathways to help you identify your strengths and interests.
  • Already a dedicated STEM major at San Diego City College transferring to a 4-year university or landing an amazing job?
  • Our Track #2: Transfer & Careers offers workshops to refine your transfer application, career skills development, and the opportunity to meet connect with others in a group setting.


Don't miss out! Space is limited, so SAVE YOUR SPOT TODAY and fill out our Summer Bridge Interest form to choose your program track below:


Got questions? We're here to help! Contact us at:


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 Interested in working in a STEM field of interest while you study?

Let us know by filling out our STEM Internships Interest Form here:

Benefits of STEM Internships may include:


  • Hands-On Learning
  • Skill Development 
  • Networking
  • Career Exploration
  • Resume Building
  • Industry Insights
  • Research Opportunities
  • Professional Etiquette
  • Increased Confidence

Pathway to Employment

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Academic Exito Workshops

Held once every first Monday of the month at 2:00 p.m. in S-401.


Why Join Our Academic Éxito Workshops?

  • Empowerment through Education:Embrace your identity and heritage as sources of strength and motivation in your academic journey.
  • Community and Belonging:Connect with fellow Chicanx/Latinx scholars, creating a supportive network.
  • Strategies for Success:Learn from Mr. Rafael Alvarez's Turning on the Lights and apply strategies to improve study habits, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.

Potential Benefits of Attending Our Workshops:

  • Enhanced Academic Performance
  • Stronger Sense of Identity
  • Effective Problem-Solving Skills
  • Time Management and Resilience
  • Motivation and Aspiration

Student Mixers

Held once every first Monday of the month at 3:30 p.m. in S-401.


Student Mixers Schedule for Spring 2024:

  • Feb 5 - Speed Meet and Greet: Engage in quick introductions with a fun twist—spend 2 minutes meeting someone new before the bell rings and it's time to switch! Snacks may be provided.
  • March 4 - Spring Craft Activities: Welcome the spring with a hands-on craft activity. It's a perfect way to express your creativity, relax, and bond with your peers. Snacks may be provided.
  • April 1 - Identity Bingo: Mingle, find others who share a square, and learn about each other's backgrounds and interests. Snacks may be provided.
  • May 6 - STEM Student Potluck/Celebration: Cap off the semester with a potluck celebration! Bring a dish to share, enjoy delicious food, and celebrate our accomplishments and the journey ahead.


STEM Success Workshops

Held once every second Thursday of the month at 12:00 p.m. in S-401.


this series is for our students to connect with professionals in the STEM fields. We encourage STEM  professionals to talk about their unique journey through college, their positive and challenging experiences in and out the classroom, as well as their current professional role and how you are navigating it. 

Pláticas with STEM Professionals Schedule for Spring 2024:

  • Feb 15 - Luis Higuera (Mechanical Engineer)
  • March 14 - Julieta Legorreta (IT/Finance)
  • March 22 - David Reynoso, Ph.D Candidate in Aerospace Engineering
  • April 11 - Mar Salazar (Food Science)
  • May 9 -Sandra Martin del Campo (Biotechnology)


STEM Success Workshops

Held once every fourth Tuesday of the month at 12:00 p.m. in S-401.


Specifically tailored for students to excel in their STEM education journey and transition successfully into their desired careers or higher education institutions (transfer). 


STEM Success Workshops Schedule

  • Jan 30 - STEM Bienvenida: Kickstart your journey with an overview of internships, transfer options, and campus resources that can pave the way to your success.
  • Feb 27 - Is Your Resume STEM Ready?: Dive deep into the nuances of crafting a compelling resume that stands out in STEM industries.
  • March 26 - Statement of Purpose (Transfer): Learn the art of articulating your aspirations, experiences, and qualifications in a statement of purpose that can open doors to your future.
  • April 23 - Interview Tips and Getting Ready for Transfer and Employment in STEM Fields

Why Participate in Our STEM Success Workshops?

  • Tailored Guidance: Receive personalized advice and insights tailored to STEM students facing the unique challenges of transferring and entering the workforce (jobs, careers, internships).
  • Skill Development: Enhance essential skills such as resume writing, crafting compelling statements of purpose, and mastering interview techniques.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with peers, faculty, and professionals, expanding your network within the STEM community.
  • Resource Access: Discover valuable campus and external resources that can support your academic and career goals.