The Benefits of Joining oSTEM

1. Fun and Valuable LGBTQ-focused Meetings & Socials

On Mondays at 7:00PM, expect the following:

  • the first general meeting will be about how to make the most of your oSTEM membership
  • five industry night presentations from LGBTQ recruiters & employees in LGBTQ-affirming workplaces like the following:
    • NASA
    • Texas Instruments
    • Nokia Inc.
    • Eastman Chemical Company
  • four academic workshop events from out queer faculty and Career Center directors
    • Professor Panels
    • Coming Out of The Closet How-To’s
    • Queer Career Advice
  • nine social events:
    • one welcome social
    • five small group queer book club meetings on Wednesdays at 7:00PM
    • three monthly gay brunch socials, provided for free to 40 members on the first Sunday of the month at 11:30AM

Take a look at our meeting schedule. Meeting information is always distributed over email and Discord!

2. A Really Useful Discord

We’ve ditched GroupMe in favor of Discord, a free messaging platform geared towards community discussion and announcements. It’s the midpoint between formal emails (bleh!) and texting in one massive groupchat (BLEH!). We have separated our Discord into:

  • Meeting Announcements
  • Socializing (intros, chatting, and recommendations)
  • Professional Affairs (Recruiter LinkedIn pages, company presentations, national conference news, tips and advice)
  • Academic Affairs (details about the queer book club, research/school advice)

Members are asked to download Discord to benefit fully from their oSTEM membership.

3. All-Expenses-Paid-For National Conferences

Every year, we send as many of our members as we can to the National oSTEM Conference, the O4U Conferences in September, and the Lesbians Who Tech Conference in June. 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 us, the oSTEM National Organization, and Texas A&M University!

What are you waiting for?