Finding Greater Inclusivity On Campus and Off Campus
Recently, two department of BBE students traveled to Detroit to attend the oSTEM National Conference. This year, the theme of the conference was Visibility Fueling Opportunity. Noah Siem, a senior in the BBE major in the specialization of bioproducts engineering, said that joining oSTEM “helped me to understand the importance of authenticity in all aspects of my life and how I can foster inclusivity and equity.” Shahar Tsameret, a sophomore in the BBE major in the specialization of environmental and ecological engineering, also attended the national conference.
oSTEM is a professional student group for all LGBTQIA+ students in any of the STEM fields. It stands for out in science, technology, engineering, and math. It is an active student group on campus and welcomes anyone interested in joining. Being a part of oSTEM has positively impacted Noah’s life. He said, “it can be difficult to find role models who share my identity, and oSTEM empowers its members to embrace their LGBTQIA+ identity in the academic and professional worlds.”
At this conference, Noah enjoyed meeting other LGBTQIA+ professionals and students, attending workshop sessions on advocacy, diversity, employee resource groups, and queer empowerment.
If you are interested in joining or learning more about oSTEM, email them or follow them on social media.
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