Programs at the Level Playing Field Institute improve access, provide opportunity, and create equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

LPFI believes in the importance of linking direct service programs and research in order to understand the effectiveness of our interventions, inform the continual improvement of STEM programming, and expand the existing body of knowledge on improving outcomes for underrepresented students in STEM. Through our programs, we aim to move the needle on diversifying STEM fields

SMASH Academy


The signature program of the Level Playing Field Institute.

The Summer Math and Science Honors Academy is a STEM-intensive, college preparatory program for underrepresented high school students of color. SMASH boasts a rigorous 5-week, 3-year summer STEM enrichment program which provides access to rigorous coursework and access to mentors, role models, and support networks of students of color. SMASH scholars remain engaged during the year through monthly STEM activities and workshops.

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Computer Science Initiatives

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Through these initiatives, we are closing gaps in CS and building roads to tech.

Our CS Initiatives focus on providing computer science exposure to students underrepresented in this field through hackathons, workshops, and school district-wide programming. We have partnerships with the National Science Foundation to prepare students to take and pass the AP Computer Science A exam, as well as with Oakland Unified School District to bring CS to more underrepresented students to name a few.

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