Welcome to MESA USA

MESA USA is the national association of Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement programs. MESA is an award-winning K – 16 STEM organization. Our leaders, students, parents and alumni are fierce advocates for equity and access to high quality STEM education and training for underrepresented students.

Where is MESA?

As MESA celebrates its 50th year, the contemporary model includes programs in Arizona, California, Maryland, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah and Washington. Learn more about each state’s activities, initiatives and leadership.

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A Word

From Our Chair

On behalf of the MESA USA organization, I would like to state that we stand in support of those who are protesting and demonstrating to bring attention to the injustice experienced by people of color, especially African Americans, in America.

The mission of MESA USA is to leverage the alliance of MESA states to provide leadership in equity and access for STEM, achieve programmatic excellence, and ensure national program sustainability. We envision a more equitable country where underrepresented students of color are empowered to achieve their dreams through mastery of STEM disciplines to create prosperity in our communities. We understand that racial injustice is a barrier to achieving our vision, so we stand together to advocate for change in our country especially criminal justice reform.

The specific action that we encourage everyone to take for this MESA year is to use the National Engineering Design Challenge to engineer a technological solution to the social challenges we face as a nation. This year’s theme is to “Design for Equity.” Let’s lean in to this moment and use technology to truly serve humankind. Please reach out to me or the executive director for your state to learn more about how technology can be used to create change. 

Stay safe, be encouraged, and seek understanding!

– Dwight Carr

“… To instruct, to advise, to qualify those, who have been restored to freedom, for the exercise and enjoyment of civil liberty… and to procure for their children an education calculated for their future situation in life; these are the great outlines of the annexed plan, which we have adopted.”

Benjamin Franklin

For the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, 1789

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Get In Touch

Location: 300 Lakeside Drive, 7th Floor

Telephone: (510) 987-9337

Email: mesa@ucop.edu

Office Hours: M-F: 9am - 5pm