Snap Inc. Institute for Technology & Education (SITE)

Mission and Vision

Made possible from a historic gift from Snap Inc. and CSforALL's CSforED initiative, and housed within the College of Education, the mission of the Snap Inc. Institute for Technology & Education (SITE) is to make high-quality, standard-aligned computer science (CS) an integral part of the educational experience of all K-12 students in the Los Angeles area.  

The Institute stands in strong alignment with the College of Education’s vision of preparing critical educators who co-create and enact transformative change. We challenge the ways technology perpetuates existing power structures and actively seek to transform how technology is used to reproduce systems of inequity and oppression.

Finally, we center the importance of joy as a foundational reason for engaging in CS education.  

Scope of Work 

The Institute’s work focuses on three main areas:

1. Curricular Development, Innovation, and Transformation;

2. Teaching and Transforming Computing Education through Partnerships; and

3. Robust Academic Research on our Efforts.

Please see our 2022-2023 Annual Report for details on how we are addressing these three areas. Learn more about the work we're doing in the video below.

Each year we have limited funding available to support CSUDH Students, Faculty, and Staff with research-related work.  Learn more here.

SITE Personnel

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Mike Karlin, PhD (he/they)
SITE Director
(310) 243-2706

A former pK-12 STEM teacher and education technology coach, Dr. Karlin currently supports future elementary educators on their journey to the classroom with a focus on critical, justice-oriented STEM integration. His research centers around broadening participation in STEM and computer science, as well as leveraging education technology to increase access and equity.

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Ashley Ruiz, M.Ed. (she/her)
SITE Director of Partnerships & Grants
(562) 277-1156

Ashley Ruiz is a dedicated educator with a wealth of experience in K-12, adult and post-secondary education. Ashley holds a Clear Administrative Services Credential & master’s degree in teaching with an emphasis in reading. Her academic journey also includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Language & Literacy and a Multiple Subject Credential. Having played key roles such as teacher, credential analyst, professional development designer, and Induction mentor coordinator, Ashley is driven by a profound passion for education. Her overarching goal is to utilize her diverse skills to enrich learning environments and contribute to the advancement of equitable computer science education.

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Mahya Minaiy, EdD (she/her)
SITE Post-Doctoral Scholar
(310) 243-2201

An educator for over a decade, Dr. Minaiy has served as a middle school Science educator, educational technology coordinator, professional development advisor, STEM coordinator, Dean of Academics, faculty and supervisor at CalTeach program at UCI, and most recently as a program facilitator at UCI Science Project. Dr. Minaiy's passion for STEM education includes a deep commitment to improve access to K-12 STEM education, particularly Computer Science courses, and better prepare students for STEM majors and career pathways.

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Kirk Rogers Jr., PhD (he/him)
SITE Faculty Fellow
(310) 243-3933

A 2021 Ford Dissertation Fellow who earned his PhD in Education at UC Diego, Dr. Rogers' dissertation research centered math as a major gatekeeper for BIPOC students interested in pursuing STEM careers. Dr. Rogers taught middle school math and science in Atlanta, GA, for six years and continues to work with youth, teaching at a STEAM summer camp in the summer months. His future goal is to make the P—20 STEM pipeline more inclusive by pushing back against traditional notions of who can “do” STEM. Dr. Rogers' lifelong career goal is to dismantle the STEM field such that the larger community begins to rethink STEM, ultimately creating more diverse, inclusive, and culturally relevant STEM spaces; spaces that value the strengths and unique talents of BIPOC students, women, and other historically marginalized groups.

SITE in the News

College of Education awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for Technology Education (CSUDH COE News)

Large Donation at CSUDH to Be Used to Foster Equity in STEM (NBC News)

Investing in Our Future: 1000x Impact (Snap Inc. DEI Summit)

CSUDH Receives Largest Single Donation in University History from Snap Inc. (CSUDH News Center)

Llega instituto para enfrentar la desigualdad educativa en Los Ángeles (La Opinión)

Snap Inc. Donation Helps Formulate A New Computer Science Curriculum To Increase Inclusivity (CSUDH Bulletin)

ED and ISTE Launch Initiative to Improve Tech Proficiency of New Teachers to Increase Digital Equity (T|H|E Journal)

SITE Research and Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Karlin, M., Stephany, C., Reed, M. (In Press). Coding to Connect: Centering Joy and Community in Elementary Computer Science Education. In Dialogue/En Diálogo.

Karlin, M., Liao, Y.C., Mehta, S. (2023). Exploring Computer Science Understanding and Rationales in Preservice Teacher Pathways through Faculty Professional Development. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 1-15. doi: 10.1080/15391523.2023.2174623

Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

Pandya, J.Z., Mehta, S., Stephany, C. & Karlin, M.  (2023). Balancing Teacher Labor Demands: Between Critical Teacher Preparation EdTech Conversations and District Platformization Expectations. Paper accepted as part of the panel “Platformed Pedagogy: The work of teaching in the new Edtech landscape.” American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Karlin, M., Pandya J. Z.  (2023). Increasing Capacity for K-12 Computer Science in High Need Areas: Investigating a Supplementary Authorization Program. Paper accepted at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Karlin, M., Mehta, S., Babaie, M., Jhun, J., Stephany, C. (2023). Enacting Equity-Focused Technology Integration Practices in Preservice Coursework and Clinical Practice. Paper accepted at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA. 

Prottsman, K., Dorsey, R., Patel, S., Karlin, M. (2023) Enabling a Diverse Pipeline of K12 CS Educators. Invited panelist at Infosys Foundation's Annual CrossRoads Summit, Tempe, AZ. 


As part of the new Digital Equity and Transformation Network, SITE works in partnership with ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) and the US Department of Education to help our preservice educators build the skills needed to support student success in digital environments and create lasting changes in preparing new teachers.

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SITE is housed within the College of Education on CSUDH's campus and we respectfully acknowledge that our work takes place on the land of the Tongva Peoples.