Assess the landscape of equity-focused institutions in your region.
Try to determine if and where institutions with a commitment to equity and anti-racist STEM environments exist within your region. The use of equity-focused practices and policies can vary widely between communities, colleges, and universities, and the STEM PUSH team is in the process of identifying institutional criteria to look for.
Host conversations in your ecosystem as a way to source leads.
As you continue to meet with your PCSPs and greater ecosystem, use STEM PUSH as a catalyst for conversations about anti-racist practices. As part of these conversations, ask for other referrals to institutions, departments, or programs focusing on anti-racist STEM work. Capture insights from these conversations and share them with the STEM PUSH team as appropriate.
Reach out to new equity-focused initiatives.
Newly established programs provide a prime opportunity for ground-level partnership in equity work. Check for updates from local institutions and review national education publications often for program announcements. Set up a related Google Alert to receive a roundup of updates via email.
In conversations with new programs, your goal should be to bridge their work to STEM PUSH strategies and network membership, in order to unearth common goals and activate synergies. How could they (and their parent institution or department) implement or replicate STEM PUSH insights – like change ideas, equity best practices, or forthcoming program accreditation.