Why We Started The Chapter

In short: it’s hard to make friends!

In long: Starting undergraduate or graduate school in science, technology, engineering and/or math fields often feels comes with isolation and anxiety. For undergraduates, the stress of making new friends is compounded by a new & heavy workload. For graduate students, research departments are often so decentralized that professional and social interactions between different disciplines (or even between people in the same lab) can be rare or non-existent. Feeling of isolation are extraordinarily magnified when you look around and don’t see any visible or out peers or role models who share aspects of the same identity as you. Everyone wants to find a community and for LGBTQ folks, that can be especially challenging. Ian Hall, in the spring of 2017, founded this chapter in order to address that gap. Since our launch, we have continued to grow in size, building a robust professional, academic, and social network of queer Aggie students in a wide variety of fields.

For Us … And For You!

We’re part of a community that has historically been silenced, marginalized, and made invisible in academia and in the workforce, often with dire consequences. At TAMU specifically, queer students had to fight tooth and nail for the right to be acknowledged and be recognized on campus. So, we celebrate the progress we’ve made and we’re always fighting for more. We promote the queer community within the College Station area, we collaborate with progressive organizations, and we are always open to new members. Join us today!

2018 oSTEM National Conference in Houston, TX!