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SLI Events

STEM Outreach Events

SLI partners up with others to organize events to draw in an audience of students in STEM.

Craft Your Path

Access Scholarships and Resources for Multicultural Communities

Wed, June 5, 2024
12 - 1:15pm, Room 4218 and Zoom

Watch Recording

Join this workshop led by members of the STEM Impact Team to 

  • gain confidence to networking and make connections
  • utilize resources available on and off campus
  • supercharge your scholarship essay writing

Walk away with tips and strategies to increase your chances of earning scholarships!

Here are slides from the event - another resource for you!

Craft Your Path

Winning STEM T-Shirt For Sale!

The winning design of this year's STEM t-shirt contest is in! We'll be distributing this t-shirt at events and into next year. And we're excited to offer this to one and all at a very discounted rate.

  • For students - $3 per shirt
  • For faculty/ staff/ non-students - $5 per shirt
  • Bulk rate
    • for students - $10 for FOUR shirts
    • for faculty/ staff/ non-students - $20 for FIVE shirts

Come by the MESA Center (room 4211) to purchase a shirt from a STEM Impact Team member or fill out the order form and we'll arrange with you to do a pick up. 


Audrey Tran design

Check out our past events

Many events were held online, so click open the box to see if there is a recording link you can view. 

Empowering Voices: Poster Launch and Reflection Circles Event

Wed, May 22, 2024

3 - 4:30pm, Room 4501

Join the SLI STEM Impact Team for our last event of the quarter. We'll be launching a student poster project where we showcase the voices and experiences of our very own STEM students who are from underrepresented backgrounds. Also, we'll have reflection circles by different identities (Black and Latinx in STEM, women in STEM, low income and first gen in STEM, and all in STEM) to share about our own experiences as STEM students. Finding strength in our commonalities as well as our differences!

STEM T-Shirt Design Contest

Thanks to all who entered our contest this year! We narrowed it down to 3 finalists and then had a community-wide vote in April. 

The winner of this year's contest is AUDREY TRAN!

tshirt contest

SLI Winter Social & Foldscope Workshop

Thursday, February 29, 2024

3 - 4:30pm, Foothill Cafeteria

Join us to discover Foldscopes, affordable paper microscopes, to make STEM accessible to everyone! Engage with the SLI community and explore the wonders of science together. We'll also have some icebreaker activities for you to get to know each other. 

Here are some resources we shared from the event about Foldscopes:

winter social flyer

Nomad Futurist Industry Panel

Thursday, 2/8/24

12 - 1:30pm on Zoom and in person (Foothill - 4218 / De Anza S54)

Have you ever wondered: "What is the Cloud?" How is AI impacting our world?" "How fast does the internet travel?" "How do your apps run smoothly?" Join us in a co-hosted panel with the Nomad Futurist Foundation and the Foothill and De Anza MESA programs to find out more about the industry that powers our digital world: Digital Infrastructure. Here from 4 individuals in the career world of data centers: 

  • Anahita Mouro, Global Lead Data Center Quality, Google
  • Philip Koblence, Co-Founder Nomad Futurist Foundation
  • Indigo Pinto, Senior Project Manager, Constructiv
  • John Bonczek, Chief Revenue Officer, 1547 Realty

Event Recording on YouTube

Nomad Futurist Panel

MESA Center Open House

Wednesday, 1/17/24

12 - 1:30pm in the MESA Center, room 4211

Join the new MESA program at Foothill in celebrating our opening! Meet MESA staff and students, check out our new space, and learn about program. MESA supports students from underrepresented groups in persisting and succeeding in STEM transfer. Snacks and coffee will be provided, so stop by anytime!

mesa open house

nano@Stanford internship information session

Thursday, 1/18/24

12 - 1pm - hybrid in Room 4218 and on Zoom

Come to this information session hosted by Foothill SLI and MESA program and De Anza's MESA program to learn more about the nano@Stanford internship program for community college students. You'll hear from the program manager Daniella Duran as well as current interns, including students from Foothill! Find out more at their website. Deadline to apply is January 31st. 

Link to recording

nano info session

Stress Dump Week with SLI

Tues 12/5, Wed 12/6, and Thurs 12/7

12 - 1pm each day, in the MESA Center, Room 4211

Join the STEM Impact Team, MESA, and SLI to release some stress and use your creative juices in daily activities with some light lunch provided. 

  • Tues 12/5 - Unwinding - DIY stress balls and de-stressing activities
  • Wed 12/6 - Biosphere - make your own biosphere with mason jars and lots of extras
  • Thurs 12/7 - Arts & Crafts - design your own stickers, buttons, and magnets, and make friendship bracelets to share with others

stress dump week

SLAC Community College Internship Info Session

Thursday, November 16, 2023

12 - 1pm

Option to view on Zoom or in Room 4218 at Foothill or S54 at De Anza

Learn about the summer Community College Internships available at SLAC as well as through the Department of Energy at a number of national labs all across the country. STEM Education Program Manager, Hillary Freeman, will join us on Zoom to talk about the application process for SLAC summer internships. 

Open House Event: Discover the Wonders of SLI!

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

3 - 5pm

Foothill College Dining Hall

Come join SLI to build community with other STEM students through hands on activities with a competitive edge. And then learn more about SLI and our programs through an informative student panel. 

  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Team building experiments, round one
  3. SLI student panel
  4. Team building experiments, round two
  5. Wrap up

SLI Open House Event



in partnership with the STEM Division

Tuesday, September, 2023

2 - 3:30pm

Join SLI, the STEM Division, and all STEM departments in an event where you can get a chance to meet faculty and students in STEM at Foothill. There will be snacks, free t-shirts and swag, and a raffle for all those who attend - prizes include an iPad, giftcards, and other fun items! 

Terra Vitali: Earth Day 2023

Earth Day bannerFriday, April 21, 2023

1pm - 4pm

Rooms 4501 and 4502 at Foothill College

Thanks to all who presented and joined in our event! We hope you came away inspired to keep working for social change!

Click for Recording

Slides from Event

Here is a word cloud generated from all those who RSVPd for our event - three words you think about when you hear the theme of our event:

earth day word cloud

NASA-Ames and Foothill's Science Learning Institute invites YOU to join us for a hybrid event to explore ways in which using systems thinking in our approaches to geoengineering and planetary management are helping make progress toward restoring the vitality of our biosphere, to its healthy state as it was 10,000 years ago when human civilization first began to impact Earth's landscape. 

We will have speakers from academia, government, and industry, and will highlight current research in the context of ecosystems services, including efforts toward implementing carbon sequestration, the shift from a linear to circular economy, regenerative person-centered solutions, the paradigm-shift in sharing scientific information from restricted access to fully open science – and a focus on opportunities for individuals to get involved. We will also include a short break-out group discussion session to facilitate connection among participants on these topics.

Join us to be part of a community of citizen scientists trying to make a change to restore the vitality and health of our Earth!

This will be a hybrid event - in-person at Foothill College and on Zoom.

Guest speakers will include:

Robert Cormia, chemistry instructor at Foothill College, speaking about the importance of Carbon Sequestration.

Graham Lau, astrobiologist and communicator of science: Director of Communications and Marketing for Blue Marble Space, Research Scientist with the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, Director for the Young Scientists Program at Blue Marble; also host of the show “Ask an Astrobiologist”, which is sponsored by the NASA Astrobiology Program and SAGANet.

Allison Meezan, Geography, GIS & Global Studies Instructor, Foothill College

Mary Yap, Co-founder of Lithos Carbon Lithos Carbon - the climate crisis can't wait. Humanity will need 10–15 billion tons of CO₂ removal a year by 2050 — but we're only 0.006% of the way there. Lithos accelerates the solution.

Former student interns, who will describe their projects and experiences working at NASA Ames Research Center.

Wenonah Vercoutere, Research Scientist with the Biophysics & Sustainability Laboratory at NASA-Ames will emcee this event. 

We will also provide information about opportunities to get involved!

Unlocking the Secrets of Transfer: SLI Alumni Panel Series

The SLI STEM Impact Team is hosting a series of sessions about transfer, especially focusing on the experiences of students/ alumni from underrepresented groups. Come join us to hear about their experiences to prepare yourself for transfer - whether it's this year or next!

Am I Smart Enough? Beating Imposter Syndrome While Transferring

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 from 3 - 4pm


“Am I Smart Enough? Beating Imposter Syndrome While Transferring” is the second session of SLI’s Transfer Series where Foothill alumni will talk about their experiences in adjusting academically after transfer and their experiences and their journey of overcoming imposter syndrome.

    • Brandon Gomez, San Jose State University
    • Steve Silva, UC Davis
    • Stacy Tran, UC Irvine

Are You Ready to Move On?

Friday, February 10, 2023 from 12 - 1pm

Watch the Recording

Are you interested in hearing about transfer from former Foothill students? Are You Ready to Move on? is the first session of SLI’s Panel Series where Foothill alumni will express their successes and challenges as a transfer student. Here, panelists will talk about how they found community, secured necessities such as housing and books, and dealt with the shift from community college to university life.

    • Jasslie Altamirano, UC San Diego
    • Daniel Ramos, San Jose State University
    • Daniel Chavez, UC Berkeley

KLA Info Session

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 from 12 - 1:15pm 

Room 4218

Come to this lunch-time info session about KLA, a semiconductor manuacturing company headquartered in Milpitas. KLA employees will come share their career paths and you can learn more about this field where there are well paying jobs for community college students, right out of school. Pizza will be provided for those who RSVP. 

nano@Stanford Info Session

Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 12 - 1pm 

Come to this lunch-time info session about the nano@Stanford internship program for community college students. Free lunch will be provided, and we'll Zoom in to hear about the program from Daniella Duran, the Education and Outreach manager at nano@Stanford. We'll also hear from some current commiunity college interns about their experience.

Applications the internship program are being accepted now!

Recording from the Info Session to be posted. 

SLI Boba Social

Thursday, December 8, 2022 from 4 - 6pm

Join the SLI community in a study break where you will

  • meet other STEM students and members of the SLI community
  • practice networking in a safe and structured environment
  • drink some free Boba!

We'll have some structured fun activities to help you practice networking, something that can be super hard and which we often just avoid. Come mix and mingle with us right before exam week!

National STEM Day

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

National STEM Day is an nationally recognized day to celebrate STEM and encourage people of all ages to explore and get inspired by STEM and its presence in our lives. 

Foothill STEM Day

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 from 1:30 - 3:30pm

PSEC Quad (up by parking lot 4)

Immediately following New Student Orientation

All current and new Foothill students are invited to join in this free event! Faculty and departments will have booths set up with flyers and information about majors and courses. They will also be doing presentations and demos to get you introduced to all the STEM disciplines.

There will be prizes raffled off, including and iPad, earbuds, graphing calculators, a pizza party for a winner and 10 Foothill friends, and other items. 

Come network and get ready for STEM at Foothill!

No RSVP needed - just show up!

Departments that will be represented:

    • Astronomy
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Math
    • Physics
    • the STEM Division
    • the STEM Center
    • the Science Learning Institute

Community College in Hindsight Panel

Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 11:30am - 1pm

Foothill College, Room 4605, PSEC Quad

Hear from a panel of Ph.D. students about their path from community college to a research institution.

Earth Day Event


Dimensions of Restorative Action

Organized by Foothill's Science Learning Institute in partnership with NASA-AMES

Friday, April 22, 2022, 1pm - 4pm

Access the Recording

Find out more on the Earth Day Canvas page


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