About Oregon MESA
Serving students since 1985.
These are the real success stories of Oregon MESA — and for 35 years and counting, we’ve made it our mission to bring equity in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education to students of color, low-income youth, and girls, students who may never experience these opportunities elsewhere.
MESA empowers students with the skills to problem-solve, communicate, and collaborate; the courage to fail in pursuit of success; and the expectation that they can — and will — achieve in the innovation economy. Year after year, our programs produce real impact for positive societal change. And we welcome your participation in our inclusive invention education ecosystem.
To provide students underrepresented in STEM fields with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities to develop their talents, explore technology-based careers, enter college, and compete successfully in the workforce.
Meet the people who help lead, guide and fund Oregon MESA:
Bringing Equity to STEM Education
Every year, Oregon MESA serves more than 600 middle and high school students historically underrepresented in STEM fields. These students are defined as underrepresented students of color, girls and non-binary students, impoverished populations, and first-generation college students. We currently have MESA programs in schools in the Portland metro area and Salem.
“It's important for students to see a person of color who's passionate about science. I want to pass on that passion and that motivation to show them that they can have fun.”