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.  

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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

  • American Helicopter Museum and Education Center

  • BLEU Gardens

  • BSD Education

  • Building 21 High School

  • Campus Philly

  • Carver Engineering & Science

  • 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)

  • DemoChicks

  • District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund

  • Doors to Explore Inc.

  • Drexel University

  • Drexel University - College of Computing & Informatics

  • East Coast Greenway Alliance

  • eCLOSE Institute

  • 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

  • GlaxoSmithKline

  • Glover Gardens LLC

  • Greater Philadelphia Professionals Chapter of NSBE

  • HealthWorks Academies

  • Horace Howard Furness High School

  • 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

  • LaSalle 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 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

  • School District of Philadelphia

  • School of the Future

  • 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 - Department of Computer and information Sciences.

  • Temple University College of Engineering

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

  • The Barnes Foundation

  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute

  • The Franklin Institute

  • The Monell Center

  • The Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research (PSBR)

  • The Science History Institute

  • The STREAM Engine

  • The Wistar Institute

  • Thomas Jefferson University

  • Tiny WPA

  • Together for West Philadelphia

  • University City Science Center

  • University of the Sciences

  • Vetri Community Partnership

  • Victory Pre-school

  • Villanova University

  • Wagner Free Institute of Science

  • Wagner Middle School

  • White Rock Baptist Church

  • WHYY, Inc.

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

  • YMWIC Foundation, Inc.

  • Zhang Sah Martial Arts Learning Center


Betsy Payne


Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem

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