Center for Inclusive Competitiveness®
The Center for Inclusive Competitiveness is leading a national network of institutional, community and economic development partners working to align STEAM policy, research and education activities that prepares, wealth through entrepreneurship, and sustained minority connectivity to the innovation economy.
Temple University has launched the nation’s first Center for Inclusive Competitiveness to improve the performance of underrepresented Americans in local, national and global innovation economies. The Center leads a national network of institutions using Inclusive Economic Competitiveness Indices to measure the impact of STEM-related economic policy on disconnected communities (rural and urban).
Temple has committed to leveraging the power of its Engineering and related STEM institutions to accelerate the development (and retention) of underrepresented students in workforce and entrepreneurial pathways, particularly in careers and ventures related to urban health, economic vitality and environmental sustainability. Our strategic focus is to use research indices to identify gaps that represent real opportunities, and create credentialed onramps for diverse students, teachers and leaders to capitalize. The CIC will promote evidence based social, economic, health and wealth equity through the robust engagement and retention of our students, faculty and institutional assets in the hard work of community transformation.
The differentiator for Temple Engineering’s CIC will be its role developing the operational framework for improving key institutional and community STEM outcomes. Another differentiator will be the team’s cultural competence identifying and curating data related to aspirational job creation and economic inclusion among minority groups. Nationally recognized policy and development expert Mike Green of ScaleUp Partners serves as the CIC’s Senior Strategic Advisor, and Forward Cities, Inc. is a key research partner across its network of 33 cities.