Pat Falcone, associate director for National Security and International Affairs for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, addressing attendees of the STEM Education Workshop, part of the White House College Opportunity Initiative, that took place at California State University, Northridge on Oct. 7. Photo by Lee Choo, CSUN photographer.


On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and California State University, Northridge (CSUN), with support from the Helmsley Trust, co-hosted a Science, Technology, Education, and Math (STEM) Education Workshop at the CSUN campus.

 At the event, OSTP Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs Patricia Falcone joined experts from around the country to discuss how to further strengthen STEM outcomes at colleges, universities and community colleges.

 This event was part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to expand college opportunity for more first generation, low-income and underserved students, and build momentum towards the second White House College Opportunity Summit on Dec. 4. A key focus of the first White House College Opportunity event in January was the importance of helping more low-income and disadvantaged youth prepare for and succeed in critical science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degree fields. This workshop provideed an opportunity to learn from existing strategies and programs to prepare students for college success, improve STEM teaching, and foster connections between higher education and career opportunities.