Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective

Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective (PSEC) is a ten year initiative focused on increasing the number of
underrepresented populations accessing careers in STEM. PSEC is situated within the Philadelphia STEM
Ecosystem and includes support for the backbone organization, 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.


Members of PSEC meet quarterly, participate in one-on-one interviews, provide continual input, and help establish the vision, mission, theory of change, and common measures of the collective. For more information, please contact

To join, click on the "join us" button below:

Collective Impact. One of the biggest challenges facing community leaders is changing systems and policies to improve the well-being of citizens. Over the last twenty years, community change leaders have engaged in single and cross-sector collaboration to begin to uncover and address some of the largest challenges. In 2011, FSG defined an approach to community change called Collective Impact. The Collective Impact framework contains five core conditions including the development of a common agenda; using shared measurement to understand progress; building on mutually reinforcing activities;engaging in continuous communications and providing a backbone to move the work forward

Collective Partners

  • 21st Century Partnership for STEM Education

  • Abraham Lincoln High School

  • Acceleration Network

  • Alliance for Decision Education

  • BSD Education

  • Building 21 High School

  • Civic Capital Consulting

  • Coded by Kids

  • College of Physicians of Philadelphia

  • Community Transformation Partners, STEAM2IE Workspace

  • Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc.

  • CS4Philly

  • Delaware Valley Science Fairs (DVSF)

  • Doors to Explore, Inc.

  • Drexel University - College of Computing & Informatics

  • East Coast Greenway Alliance

  • Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation

  • EducationWorks 

  • El Centro de Estudiantes High school, Big Picture Philadelphia

  • Equal Measure

  • Esperanza

  • ExCITe Center

  • Fleming Petenko Law, The Legal Resource for Non-Profits

  • Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey

  • GSK

  • Glover Gardens LLC

  • HealthWorks Academies

  • Howard Horace Furness High School

  • iPraxis

  • John Hancock School

  • John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

  • La Salle University

  • Life Science Cares Philadelphia  

  • Need in Deed

  • PA Voter Court Watch Steam Community Partners

  • Paul Robeson High School

  • PDE Migrant Education Program

  • Penn Engineering

  • Philadelphia Education Fund

  • 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

  • STEM Equity Alliance

  • Sunrise of Philadelphia

  • TechGirlz

  • Temple University

  • Temple University - Department of Coputer 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 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

  • Wagner Free Institute of Science

  • Wagner Middle School

  • West Chester University – Philadelphia

  • WHYY, Inc.

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

  • Zhang Sah Martial Arts Learning Center

  • Twitter Clean


Betsy Payne

Manager, Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem 

215-665-1400, ext. 3333

© 2017 

Updated 2020