STEM-OPS is dedicated to bringing people together to build social
change out of collective impact.


What Is Collective Impact?



What is Collective Impact?

The 5 Big Ideas

Everyone agrees on the problem and the main focal areas for change.

Source: John Kania and Mark Kramer, “Collective Impact,” Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2011.

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NSF INCLUDES Program and Collective Impact

STEM-OPS is of one of eight NSF INCLUDES Alliances.

NSF INCLUDES sees collective impact as an important way to include different kinds of people in solving system-wide problems.

The NSF INCLUDES Big Idea is a national plan to strengthen U.S. leadership in
STEM by building diversity, inclusion, and more participation. NSF INCLUDES aims for STEM groups to work together to make a STEM workforce that is more like the overall U.S. population.

The NSF INCLUDES National Network is open to all people and
organizations who want to build a diverse STEM workforce, prioritizing
those who have not had access before. This network has eight alliances
targeting specific underrepresented groups.

First2 Network is an expanding group of people and organizations across West Virginia that seeks to improve STEM persistence among rural, first-generation, and other underrepresented college students so that they – in turn – can contribute to an innovation economy in our State.

The First2 Network (First2) is a grassroots effort in West Virginia that aims to improve the college enrollment rate and success of undergraduate STEM students, with emphasis on rural first-generation students through their first 2 years of college. At the core of our shared vision to improve student STEM success is the assumption that the students themselves should be co-creators of the solutions. 


Aspire seeks to develop inclusive and diverse STEM faculty across the nation by aligning and reinforcing professional development, hiring, and retention practices of STEM faculty simultaneously at institutional, regional, and national levels.

Our vision is to increase the learning, persistence, and completion of students from underrepresented groups (URG) in colleges and universities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to increase their contributions to the U.S. STEM enterprise.

Grow and sustain a Networked Community committed to recruiting, retaining and accelerating the progress of Hispanics in computing.
With National Science Foundation Broadening Participation in Computing funding, CAHSI was established in 2006 to address the low representation of Hispanics in computing in both higher education and the workforce.  In 2018, CAHSI received funding from the NSF, one of only five in the inaugural year to be designated as a National INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discovers in Engineering and Science) alliance.

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The STEM PUSH, an NSF INCLUDES Alliance, is a national network of of pre-college STEM programs, STEM and culturally responsive pedagogy experts, formal and informal education practitioners, college admissions professionals, the accreditation sector, and other higher education representatives. It is establishing a powerful collaborative improvement space using the networked improvement community (NIC) model and a “next generation” accreditation model that will serve as a mechanism for communicating the power of precollege programs to admissions offices.

With a diverse group of partners, the STEM PUSH Network is working to create systemic change in the postsecondary admissions process by reinventing the relationship between pre-college STEM programs and higher education admissions offices.

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The STEM Core vision is to create a pathway bringing students, including underrepresented and underprepared students, to a foundational skill level required for A.S., B.S., and industry employment in STEM fields.  In our NSF INCLUDES Alliance efforts, we reach out to groups that are in underrepresented in STEM fields in order to achieve the goal of increasing diversity and productivity in the Nation’s STEM workplace.

The STEM Core is an educational model for community colleges that uses a cohort-based, accelerated and contextualized math course sequence to move students from intermediate algebra to calculus-readiness in two semesters.

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Our vision statement: All persons impacted by the carceral system are able, and encouraged, to pursue a culturally responsive and equitable high-quality STEM education and career.

The STEM-OPS Alliance is dedicated to bringing people together to build social change out of collective impact. Core affordances the network endeavors to achieve include (a) creating accessible STEM opportunities for the target populations through STEM courses and in-prison laboratories, REUs, internships, and mentoring, (b) a culturally responsive platform to connect formerly incarcerated job seekers with STEM employment opportunities, (c) an evidence-based toolkit for effective STEM in-prison program design and implementation, (d) an annual convening of key stakeholders and representatives from the target populations to share learnings, disseminate findings and resources, and support the growth and development of the Alliance, and (d) leveraging connections to the greater NSF INCLUDES National Network.

Incarcerated learning
Stem Education in Prison
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The Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN) is dramatically increasing the number of physical science doctoral degrees earned by Black, Latinx and Indigenous students.

IGEN is committed to increasing the number of Black, Latinx and Indigenous students to erase the gap in attainment rates by such students between bachelor’s and doctoral degrees. This goal will be achieved through the expansion of bridge programs, the adoption of evidence-based practices for inclusive excellence and systemic reforms of programs focused on access and retention. Learn how your institution, program, laboratory or company can participate in supporting physical sciences students along the road from undergraduate through the first professional employment.

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Supporting Emerging Aquatic Scientists (SEAS) Your Tomorrow fosters curiosity, instills stewardship, and forges and strengthens educational pathways for Virgin Island youth to explore and secure careers in marine science. SEAS Your Tomorrow is made possible through funding from the National Science Foundation’s INCLUDES Program through a Launch Pilot Project to the University of the Virgin Islands.

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