Steering Committee

The Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective is calling  for nominations for its inaugural Steering Committee.  We expect our committee to be a diverse group of leaders representative of the Philadelphia region who champion our goal to increase the number of women and Black and Latinx Philadelphia students entering STEM careers by 2030 through modeling our Guiding Principles.


As we strive for a balanced team of representatives on the Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective Steering Committee, we will use Representation and Trait diversity to make final placements. Given this express aim, the Selection Committee*  may opt to state a preference for nominations from specific regions, for women candidates, or for Latinx or Black candidates in any given selection round. This will be clearly specified in this call for nominations to maintain equitable representation by women/Black/Latinx individuals. This call specifies how many seats are available and outlines the details of the selection process.   

Nomination period is now closed.

The Selection Committee’s timeline is expected to be:

  • March 5, 2021 - Announcement of Steering Committee            Call for Nominations and Application process.

  • March 26, 2021 - Nomination period ends.

  • April 9, 2021 - Application process ends. 

  • May 2021 - Finalists will be notified

  • July 2021 - Selection Committee decision announced.

Please submit*, by using this link,

the following:

     1. A CV or resume - max 2 pages

     2. A cover letter - max 1 page - explaining:

a) motivation for joining, 

b) evidence or examples of the qualifications and criteria listed above as part of the Steering Committee member requirements in the application

     3. Completion of Nominee Disclosure of Representation and Trait           Questionnaire

The applicant will also need to submit a letter of reference from a member of community or professional contact who can provide specific evidence examples of qualifications and criteria listed below; Reference will also need to complete Nominator/Reference Trait Questionnaire assessment of nominee. These materials will need to be uploaded directly by the Reference through the link provided in the application: .

*Applications, including the references are due on April 9th, 2021 at 5:00pm EST.


Nomination period is now closed.

If you know of a possible candidate for the

Steering Committee, please share the link

in the red box to the right.

Applications and references are due on April 9, 2021 at 5:00pm ET

Application period is now closed.

Steering Committee Member Requirements:

Steering Committee members are expected to fulfill key responsibilities, which include, but are not limited to:

  • provide strategic guidance, vision, and oversight for the Collective; 

  • provide leadership through aligning your network to the Collective’s  Theory of Change, 

  • play an active role committing to meetings every 6 weeks for a 2-year term

  • take on as individuals a subset of the additional responsibilities that build on their specific skills and experience

Steering Committee Members:

We expect the Steering Committee to be composed of 16 seats; 10 of which will be specific to:


  • A representative of the co-backbone and convener, Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem (Philadelphia Education Fund)

  • A representative of the co-backbone and funder, GSK

  • A representative of the School District of Philadelphia

  • One each of the four Workgroups; Chairs who will be nominated and selected by the Workgroup

  • Two seats for high school students, who will be nominated and selected by the Student Advisory Committee

  • One seat to be filled by a parent of a K-12 student, who will be nominated and selected by the Parent Advisory Committee

For this Call for Nominations we are filling the six “at-large” seats.

Steering Committee Selection Process**

The inaugural selection will be undertaken by the Selection Committee.  The Selection Committee will reference both the materials submitted by the nominee and the nominator/reference in making their initial and final selections for the Steering Committee.   The Selection Committee will individually rank completed nomination packages across the requirements and consider the representation and trait diversity and draw on the summed result to decide on a shortlist of finalists.  Finalists will then be invited for up to two virtual interview(s) with the Selection Committee.  


Following the interviews and final deliberations, the Selection Committee will carefully document the reasons for their choices. The Selection Committee will announce the results to the Collective in July 2021.

Steering Committee Nomination & Application Process:
Applicants for the Steering Committee may self-nominate or apply after being nominated by someone else.  If you are nominating a candidate, nominations are due on Friday, March 26th at 5:00 pm EST.  The Selection Committee will contact the Nominee and ask them to complete the self-nomination application.  If you are self-nominating, your package must be received in its entirety, including references,  by Friday, April 9th at 5:00 pm EST.

Qualifications and Criteria:

The Selection Committee will reference both the materials submitted by the nominee and the nominator/reference in making their initial and final selections for the Steering Committee. The final decision for the selection of the  Steering Committee members will be contingent upon the finalist’s Child Abuse Clearance and Criminal Records Check results. The Committee will also use the following Assessment Criteria*:


  • Demonstrated work contributing to understanding of inclusion, diversity and equity issues in the Philadelphia region

  • Potential for (evidence of) leading transformational change including collaboration with others who have differing perspectives

  • Participation to date in the Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective


  • Understanding of systemic barriers facing women, racial/ethnic minorities, and other underrepresented groups through demonstrated practice, lived experience and/or commitment to continued learning.


  • Potential and/or demonstrated ability to model Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective Guiding Principles

  • Potential and/or demonstrated ability to set strategic vision for the Collective and to guide, develop and support the Collective and Community to achieve it.


  • Demonstrated commitment to service, engagement, and/or outreach efforts to enhance inclusion, diversity and equity

 *Selection Committee - Arthur Mitchell, Executive Director, STEM Equity Alliance; Caitlin Hearn, Science Curriculum Specialist, School District of Philadelphia; Paula Miller, Teacher, Physics and Robotics 10th-12th, Abraham Lincoln High School; Seema Freer, Associate Professor, Managing Director, Professional Science Master's Programs Temple University; Tarence Smith, Program Coordinator, iPraxis; Becki Lynch, GSK and Betsy Payne, Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem

*** Adapted from the University of Michigan STRIDE committee application evaluation Toolkit sourced from STRIDE | UM ADVANCE Program ( on 02DEC2020 as well as the independent work of Kermit O. the DEJ rubric shared to the Collective with permission on 01DEC2020.

 **The Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective would like to thank the Collective Impact Forum and its members, past and present, who publish and share their ways of working such that other collectives and the greater good of the world may benefit.   The Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective would specifically like to acknowledge Open Government Partnerships, Shelter the Homeless of Utah, the N.C. Cooperative Extension,  and the University of Michigan STRIDE committee for publishing their practices on Steering Committee Selection and Equity in Recruitment, which provided the basis for our process.  Thank you to the backbone staff and Collective individuals for their contributions.