Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Texas A&M (oSTEM TAMU) is a chapter of the national non-profit organization (oSTEM Incorporated) dedicated to LGBTQ student success in the professional domain. Our overarching mission is to empower queer folks at A&M to succeed personally, academically, and professionally. We aim to achieve that by (1) creating opportunities and providing connections to the large and growing number of LGBTQ-friendly workplaces for us LGBTQ students here at A&M, (2) putting together LGBTQ-targeted career workshops, professor panels, discussion nights, and a queer book club, and (3) creating community through fun social events! If you’re interested, hit the button below!
1. Highly Valuable General Meetings
After our first general meeting, we have ten general meetings over the course of the semester every week featuring:
- in both the Fall and Spring, five recruitment presentations from companies that score the highest possible score of 100.0% on the LGBTQ Corporate Equality Index
- in both the Fall and Spring, four queer book club meetings for students to meet at and socialize with each other
- in the Fall, a workshop from the directors of the TAMU LGBTQ+ Pride Center
- in the Spring, a professor panel, made up of LGBTQ faculty at A&M, speaking and giving advice about being out in the workplace/academia.
We structure the meetings so that you can choose between attending professional events, attending social/educational events, and/or do both. The choice is yours! Take a look at our meeting schedule.
Due to COVID-19, all meetings are being hosted over Zoom, and Zoom links will be posted on the Discord.
2. A Discord to meet and socialize in
We’ve ditched GroupMe in favor of Discord, a free messaging platform geared towards community discussion and announcements. It’s the 21st century’s midpoint between formal emails and texting in one massive groupchat. In the Discord server, there are separate channels for separate topics. Our Discord channels are for:
- Meeting Announcements
- Resumé Drop Instructions
- Queer Book Club Discussion
- General topic channels about:
- art & music
- sports & wellness
- gaming & fun
- memes & chat
Because of COVID-19, Discord is our primary form of communicating and meeting this Spring 2021. We have engineered our Discord to be as welcoming and intuitive to use as possible for all newcomers!
3. Multiple Annual All-Expenses-Paid-For National Conferences
Every year, we send as many of our members as we can to the National oSTEM Conference in late November and the O4U Conference(s) in September & October. These conferences are massive opportunities to network and meet queer people like you, with jobs. They want to hire you and all you have to do is show up with a resumé, professional attire, and your best attitude! Admittance, flights, accomodation, and all travel expenses are entirely funded and paid for by the oSTEM National Organization and Texas A&M University!