Development of the Broadening Equity in STEM Center (BE STEM Center)

Students working in lab wearing white coat and goggles


Pitt’s Broadening Equity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Center (BE STEM Center) is a newly created unit in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences’ Office of Undergraduate Studies. Faculty and staff from several academic and administrative units comprise the center’s multidisciplinary collaborative team, leveraging academic and professional expertise centered around broadening equity work. The center’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. This proposal focuses on developing the communication and dissemination infrastructure of this newly established center.

The BE STEM Center has been featured in the following news articles: 

$10M Pitt grant to address enrollment gap in STEM fields 
Pitt gets $10 million from NSF to address equity in STEM 
Pitt receives $10 million to boost racial and ethnic diversity in STEM 
University of Pittsburgh Receives $10 Million Grant For STEM Diversity Project 
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BE STEM Center gets federal grant to boost diversity in STEM higher education  
Dietrich School Faculty Member is CO-PI for $10 Million Federal Grant to Boost Racial and Ethnic Diversity in STEM Higher Education 
NSF INCLUDES Alliance: STEM PUSH (Pathways for Underrepresented Students to Higher Education) Network 

Principal Investigator

Alison Legg
Co-Principal Investigator
Biological Sciences

Alaine Allen
Co-Principal Investigator
Swanson School of Engineering

Lori Delale-O'Connor
Co-Principal Investigator
Center for Urban Education

Jennifer Iriti
Co-Principal Investigator

David Boone 
Co-Principal Investigator
Biomedical Informatics, SOM

Becky Gonda
Co-Principal Investigator
Biological Sciences

Mackenzie Ball
Co-Principal Investigator
School of Computing and Information

Select Collaborators

Courtney Long
Team Member

Goal Area