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 from the Ecosystem’s backbone organization, the Philadelphia Education Fund, engagement with an external evaluator, and competitive programmatic grants for Ecosystem member organizations. 

Starting in February 2020,  the Collective conducted a series of member meetings as well as one-on-one interviews with a variety of stakeholders and small group discussion resulting in “Guiding Principles” and a “Theory of Change” being developed and established.

From these, our critical and fundamental Workgroups were generated:  

  • Home and Community

  • K-12 Education

  • Post-Secondary Education

  • Work Environment​​

A Student Council and a Measurement and Evaluation team will also be established and will be nurtured by the before mentioned Workgroups.

As we enter the new year, the Collective is moving forward on next steps, including formalizing the Workgroups and establishing a Steering Committee. 

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

Participants from various areas in Philadelphia, including community, business and education leaders, as well as individuals interest in STEM and Equity attended the activity.  Timelines and the scope of work was presented and participants where invited to join the collective.


The keynote speakers set the tone for the work to come:  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 Junious Williams, Principal of Junious Williams Consulting, Inc. (JWC), 

To see the speakers' bios, click HERE.

Moving Foward

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.


To get involved in the Equity Collective, 

click on the "Get Involved" button below;