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Participation in the STEM PUSH Network will support the continuous improvement of your programming while creating a mechanism to benefit your students’ postsecondary pathways.

Local and regional STEM ecosystems will serve an important role in this work by identifying additional PCSPs in their urban area and connecting PCSPs involved in the STEM PUSH Network with equity-focused higher education institutions, educational organizations, and corporations committed to broadening the participation of underrepresented groups.

Local and regional STEM ecosystems can also provide opportunities for STEM PUSH Network participants to share their learning with the entire local or regional ecosystem. As the accreditation process develops, local and regional ecosystems will help to brand the process with higher education institutions to create market demand for both PCSP participation and institutionalization in admissions.

Benefits of Participation

  • Connect to a national project supported by the National Science Foundation.
  • Increase the coherence of STEM programming in your ecosystem by supporting the linkages between PCSPs and higher education.
  • Learn how to use improvement science as a mechanism for continuous improvement.
  • Build deep connections with other regional STEM ecosystems and many PCSPs from across the country.

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We watched the documentary Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal. While there's a spotlight on this heinous & illegal scheme, it overlooked many of the real “scandals” around college admissions that are legal & less dramatic. More here:

Our Network members are discussing the @nytimes opinion piece "When I Applied to College, I Didn’t Want to ‘Sell My Pain’" & how it can relate to students' STEM identity & sense of belonging. Let us know your thoughts on this & college admissions essays!

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy & the Black Environmental Collective present The Black Market: a Juneteenth celebration of Black owned Businesses! 

Please join us on Sat., June 26 as we feature & support local Black businesses in Robert E. Williams Park in the Hill District!

We will be participating in a @GlobalMindEDorg panel with @CCAS_NEIU, "STEM Around the World - Student Led Successes," on Tues, June 1, at 4 p.m. ET. Register here to join us:

One intervention our Networked Improvement Community members are testing is a discussion routine that supports program staff engaging with a podcast episode highlighting racism in STEM. Listen along with us to the Radiolab podcast, The Liberation of RNA!

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