Broadening Equity in STEM Center (BE STEM)

The Broadening Equity in STEM (BE STEM) Center was launched in January 2019 and is located in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences’ Undergraduate Studies Dean's Office.
Faculty and staff from five schools, the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Swanson School of Engineering, School of Computing and Information, School of Education, and School of Medicine, along with several academic and administrative units, including the Center for Urban Education and the Learning Research & Development Center, comprise BE STEM’s multidisciplinary collaborative team at the University of Pittsburgh.  The team leverages academic and professional expertise centered on broadening equity work. BE STEM’s mission is to increase diversity in Pitt’s STEM programs by serving as a hub interconnecting like minded but siloed efforts and providing programs with relevant organizational support.
Lack of racial and ethnic diversity in STEM is a national problem. Minoritized students remain under-represented in STEM college majors and professions.  BE STEM will serve as a hub for STEM broadening participation initiatives like the National Science Foundation-funded INCLUDES program “Diversifying Access to Urban Universities for Students in STEM Fields.”  Most recently, the National Science Foundation announced it has awarded a $10 million INCLUDES Alliance grant to the team that makes up Pitt’s Broadening Equity in STEM (BE STEM) Center and SLECoP, which is a national ecosystem of science, technology, engineering and math programs and partners in 84 regions.  The five-year award will make Pitt the home base for the STEM Pathways for Underrepresented Students to Higher Ed (PUSH) Network.
BE STEM will also aid in developing new initiatives. As a University-wide resource, BE STEM can strengthen a culture for broader impacts at Pitt and leverage new partnerships and networks to successfully pursue external funding.