Camarillo, Calif., Nov. 6, 2013 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) invites the public to “Together We Can Help Our Students,” a free presentation offered as part of the University’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Diversity Series.  The presentation, which examines ways educators, parents, students and communities can promote STEM success among English language learners and underrepresented groups, will take place Thursday, Nov. 14, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Malibu Hall 100 on the CI campus.  Please visit to register.  A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

The event’s featured speaker is Catherine Martinez Berryhill, Ph.D., a native northern New Mexican educator with 32 years of experience teaching and managing all educational levels from preschool to doctoral studies. Berryhill has a lifelong interest in the math and science success of English language learners and students who are often underrepresented in post-secondary institutions.  She has influenced math and science education across the region by working with college instructors, pre-K-12 teachers, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.  Berryhill earned a B.S. in Secondary Education from New Mexico State University, an M.A. in Integrating Technology into Schools from University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction/Technology from New Mexico State University.

In addition to the public presentation on the 14th, the STEM Diversity Series also includes workshops for CI faculty and students – both aimed at fostering diversity and student achievement in the STEM disciplines.  The series is sponsored by Project ACCESO, a Department of Education Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM (HSI-STEM) grant that seeks to increase CI’s ability to support students enrolled in STEM majors.  The grant provides funding for tutoring, peer mentoring, and other student success services; summer and academic year paid research experiences for students; research and instructional infrastructure; and STEM outreach to the community.  It also seeks to facilitate the transfer of STEM students from each of CI's regional community college partners.  For more information, visit

Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers.  Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road parking lot in Camarillo with bus service to and from the campus.  Riders should board the CI Vista bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way.  Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes, Monday through Friday.  For exact times, check the schedule at

For more information, contact Dr. Lorna Profant, CI Biology Lecturer, at 805-437-8837 or

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