Ecosystems like yours are helping give the future of STEM education the PUSH it needs. Now more than ever, our systems of learning are ripe for reinvention. Too many classrooms, programs, and institutions lack the explicit equity focus needed to ensure each student succeeds. In turn, students from specific racial and ethnic groups, namely Black and Brown students, continue to be underrepresented in STEM majors and fields, creating not only a diversity deficit but a deficit of ideas and innovation needed to solve society’s most pressing problems.
the STEM PUSH Network, a National Science Foundation INCLUDES Alliance, has brought together regional STEM Learning Ecosystems, precollege STEM programs, researchers, culturally sustaining pedagogy experts, higher education admissions leaders, and other partners to create systemic change in post-secondary STEM admissions. Together, they’re addressing a key breakpoint in current learning pathways for Black and Brown students: the successful transition from precollege STEM programs to undergraduate STEM programs.
To increase the number of Black and Brown students pursuing STEM by reinventing the relationship between precollege STEM programs and higher education admissions.

About the network

Regional STEM Learning Ecosystems are the connective tissue that make this work possible. They help bring precollege programs together with colleges, universities, admissions offices, other ecosystems, and accreditation professionals to build the relationships, connections, and understanding that drive transformational change.

The STEM PUSH Network partners with established, urban-based STEM Learning Ecosystems, who commit to recruiting precollege STEM programs from across their region, developing a related plan of action with their programs, and attending STEM PUSH convenings, among other expectations and benefits.

As of January 2022, the network has coordinated two cohorts of ecosystems and programs.

Cohort 1

California, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania


Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) Academy

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University of California’s Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) program

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California Academy of Science’s Careers in Science (CiS) Intern Program

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Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM)

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Project Exploration

Northeastern Illinois University’s STEM Pathways program

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s Teenagers Exploring and Explaining Nature and Science (TEENS) program

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The Rockefeller University’s Science Outreach program

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New York Hall of Science’s Science Career Ladder

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The Cooper Union’s STEM Outreach program

Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health

Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health

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The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s Young Naturalists

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The Citizen Science Lab’s ICE-T Project

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University of Pittsburgh’s Gene Team

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania’s Artificial Intelligence Pathways Institute

Cohort 2

Arizona, New Jersey, Ohio

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The University of Arizona’s Native American Science & Engineering Program

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Arizona State University’s Joaquin Bustoz Math-Science Honors Program

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The University of Arizona’s Imagine Your STEM Future

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The University of Arizona’s Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) program

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Kean University’s Group Summer Scholars Research Program

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Camden County College’s 21st Century STEM Scholars Program

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HIT in the CLE

Case Western Reserve University’s Provost Scholars

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Whether you’re a current STEM PUSH cohort member or a STEM Learning Ecosystem looking to dive deeper into equity and college admissions, know that you have a crucial role to play. You are the link that helps bring all the needed STEM stakeholders together to build a more dynamic and diverse school, college, and career pathway for Black and Brown learners.


By better understanding your role, you can help actively reimagine and rebuild relationships between precollege STEM programs and college admissions in your region, and ultimately, support deeper equity and diversity in STEM learning and careers.

The STEM PUSH Network designed this digital playbook to help you: