Our Mission

The Vision of STEMSTL

All learners in the St. Louis region have equitable access to high-quality STEM learning and employment opportunities.

How we accomplish it: The STEMSTL Mission

Develop and deploy quality STEM learning and career opportunities that support the empowerment and growth of diverse problem solvers, innovators, and critical thinkers, enabling them to thrive in a globally connected world.

How it works: The STEMSTL Structure

As an initiative, we use a collaborative model of distributive leadership. This model has 5 major components:

  • Backbone Organization – The current backbone and fiscal agent is BioSTL. Learn more at their website www.biostl.org
  • Advisory Council – Consists of respected, influential, and diverse decision makers who broadly represent the cross sectors of the ecosystem. The advisory council serves to provide strategic input that guides the mission and goals of the ecosystem.
  • Steering Committee – Consists of subject matter experts who are engaged daily in activities that shape STEM outcomes in St. Louis.
  • Working Groups – The working groups take direct action to accomplish the mission and goals of the ecosystem from all angles. We currently have five working groups: Student and Family Engagement, Teacher Professional Development, Career Pathways, Broadening Participation, and Culture and Operations. Each working group is focused on specific actions related to their area of expertise.
  • Members-at-Large – Consists of stakeholders actively engaged in the ecosystem but not serving on a committee.

Interested in getting involved? Contact Dan Ristau at daniel.ristau@stemstl.org to get more information about meeting times and workgroup activities.