Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective

The Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective (PSEC) seeks to create a social framework for change; specifically seeking to increase the number of women and Black and Latinx Philadelphia students going into STEM careers by 2030. This ten-year initiative is situated within the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem and includes support for the Ecosystem’s backbone organization, the Philadelphia Education Fund, engagement with an external evaluator, and competitive programmatic grants for Ecosystem member organizations. 

Using a collective impact model and harnessing the resources of the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem, the PSEC was established in January 2020 by GSK and the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem. Its goal is to cultivate STEM equity, access, and inclusion in STEM career pathways for Philadelphia students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM occupations.  

Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective 

Guiding Principles 

  1. Place marginalized individuals in the role of      decision-makers and fight systems of oppression.

  2. Proactively build relationships with students and ensure that our actions are guided by the ideas, opportunities and needs that they voice, including those not involved in STEM.

  3. Engage with all members and stakeholders with humility and candor.

  4. Hold ourselves accountable to act and implement solutions.

  5. Make and continuously adapt our decisions based on data.

  6. Communicate continuously and transparently within and outside of the Collective about our actions and decisions.

Four meetings were planned and executed in 2020: February 27th, May 27th, July 21st and October 21st.  Based on the decision of the collective, the Guiding Principles were voted on and accepted in the July meeting.

The PSEC's kick-off meeting was held on January 2020. 

Participants from various areas in Philadelphia participated, including community, business and education leaders, as well as individuals interest in STEM and Equity. 


The keynote speakers were Dr. Kamau Bobb, Global Lead for Diversity Strategy and Research at Google and the founding Senior Director of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech; Nikole Collins-Puri, CEO  of Techbridge Girls; and Mr. Junious Williams, principal of Junious Williams Consulting, Inc. (JWC),

For Bios of the keynote speakers, click HERE.  

The speakers set the tone for the work to come.  Timelines and the scope of work was presented and participants where invited to join the collective.


To get involved in the Equity Collective, 

click on the "Get Involved" button below; 

Collective Partners

  • 21st Century Partnership for STEM Education

  • Abraham Lincoln High School

  • Acceleration Network

  • Alliance for Decision Education

  • American Helicopter Museum and Education Center

  • BLEU Gardens

  • BSD Education

  • Building 21 High School

  • Campus Philly

  • Center for Aquatic Sciences

  • Civic Capital Consulting

  • Coded by Kids

  • College of Physicians of Philadelphia

  • Colliers Life Sciences Practice Group

  • Community Transformation Partners, STEAM2IE Workspace

  • Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc.

  • CS4Philly

  • Delaware Valley Science Fairs (DVSF)

  • District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund

  • Doors to Explore Inc.

  • Drexel University

  • Drexel University - College of Computing & Informatics

  • East Coast Greenway Alliance

  • Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation

  • Education United

  • EducationWorks

  • El Centro de Estudiantes High school, Big Picture Philadelphia

  • Elyte Universal Network, LLC

  • Episcopal Community Services

  • Equal Measure

  • Esperanza

  • Esteem Girls STEM Center

  • ExCITe Center

  • Fairmount Water Works

  • Fleming Petenko Law, The Legal Resource for Nonprofits

  • Frankford High School

  • Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey

  • Glover Gardens LLC

  • Greater Philadelphia Professionals Chapter of NSBE

  • GSK

  • HealthWorks Academies

  • Howard Horace Furness High School

  • Ibrahim Youth Scholars

  • Interpret Green

  • iPraxis

  • JEVS Human Services

  • John Hancock School

  • John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

  • Kumon Math & Reading of Center City Philadelphia

  • La Salle University

  • Learn Fresh

  • Life Science Cares Philadelphia

  • Liguori Academy

  • NEAR ( Northeast Against Racism)

  • Need in Deed

  • PA Voter Court Watch Steam Community Partners

  • Paul Robeson High School

  • PDE Migrant Education Program

  • Penn Engineering

  • Philadelphia Education Fund

  • Philadelphia Future City Competition

  • Philadelphia Futures

  • Philadelphia Regional Noyce Partnership (PRNP)

  • Philadelphia Robotics Coalition

  • Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative

  • Philadelphia Zoo

  • Physics Wonder Girls, University of the Sciences

  • Riverbend Environmental Education Center

  • Saint Joseph's University

  • Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School

  • STARS Computing Corps @ Temple University

  • STEM Educational Fund

  • STEM Equity Alliance

  • STEM Next Opportunity Fund

  • Sunrise of Philadelphia, Inc.

  • TechGirlz

  • Temple University

  • Temple University College of Engineering

  • Temple University Department of Computer and information Sciences

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

  • The Barnes Foundation

  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute

  • The Franklin Institute

  • The Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research (PSBR)

  • The School District of Philadelphia

  • The STREAM Engine

  • The Wistar Institute

  • Thomas Jefferson University

  • Tiny WPA

  • Together for West Philadelphia

  • University City Science Center

  • University of Pennsylvania, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

  • University of the Sciences

  • Vetri Community Partnership

  • Villanova University

  • Wagner Free Institute of Science

  • Wagner Middle School

  • West Chester University – Philadelphia

  • White Rock Baptist Church

  • WHYY, Inc.

  • Wynnefield Library Adult/Teen Department, Free Library of Philadelphia

  • Zhang Sah Martial Arts Learning Center


Betsy Payne


Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem

215-665-1400, ext. 3333

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