Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective

Using a collective impact model and harnessing the resources of the Philadelphia STEM  Ecosystem, the Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective (PSEC) was established in January 2020 by GSK and the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem.  It 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. 

Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective: Established in January 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.

Also from these, our four Workgroups were generated*: 

  • Home and Community

  • K-12 Education

  • Post-Secondary Education

  • Work Environment​​

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

To learn more about the Collective Workgroups, go HERE.


To cultivate STEM equity, access, and inclusion in STEM career pathways for Philadelphia students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM occupations, specifically: to Increase the number of Black, Latinx and women Philadelphia students going into STEM careers by 2030.

Collective Steering Committee:

In March 2021, the Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective began the process of establishing its Steering Committee and expect to have a decision announced in July 2021.

For more information on the nomination, application, process and selection of the Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective Steering Committee, press the button below:

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.

Collective Student Advisory Council:

The Collective is in the process of establishing its Student Advisory Council.  The goal of the PSEC Student Advisory Council is to guide the efforts of the Collective through the student voice. The twelve student members of the Council will help guide strategies and provide feedback on their effectiveness for the beneficiaries of the Collective. 

The timeline for the SAC is expected to be:

  • May 25, 2021 - Application process for Student Advisory Council begins.

  • July 2, 2021 - Application process ends. 

  • July 9 - Finalists will be notified

  • July 12-23 - Interviews

  • July 28 -  Student Advisory Council announced.

  • August - First meeting