oSTEM Chapters have four important relationships that they are founded on:
1.) The relationship between a chapter and their members/student body. Probably the most important role our chapters play is in creating events and programming that support LGBTQ STEM students at their institution and in their community. This can be anything from queer focused resume workshops and panels of queer professionals to hosting corporate info sessions and fun social events.
2.) The relationship between a chapter and the community. Things like participating in volunteer outreach and collaborating with other student organizations such as primary LGBTQ student org or other STEM based groups.
3.) The relationship between a chapter and other chapters. This includes participating in the online chapter network by posting and helping to answer questions on our online network, participating in regional collaborative events like pride parades or regional conferences, and eventually representing your chapter in your regional council.
4.) The relationship between a chapter and the Global Organization. Primarily this will be in attending the annual conference held every year, where members get to experience the best oSTEM has to offer. There are workshops, panels, keynote speakers, chapter focused events, affinity groups, and opportunities to speak directly with companies that are interested in reaching out to LGBTQ STEM students and professionals.
As to how to start the process of becoming an official chapter, here is a handy checklist:
[ ] Recruit at least three officers and one faculty/staff advisor.
[ ] Register as a student organization at your college or university.
[ ] Establish an email listserv for your chapter.
[ ] Establish a social media site and connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+. There you can meet and see what other students have done in terms of events, planning, and more.
[ ] Fill out the New Chapter Application, which will require info from the officers, advisors, etc. Once the final application is submitted you will receive the personalized logos for your chapter, official ostem.org email address and your chapter will be added to the chapters page on our website.
[ ] Review and follow all organizational guidelines for use of the new chapter logo. This is in the handbook, but more information will be provided.
You can also check out our oSTEM Chapter Handbook for additional information!