To provide a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment for LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Ally) people by promoting awareness and establishing an identifiable network of allies. Furthermore, this organization aims to extend our medical education to encompass health-related LGBT issues through talks, panels, and community outreach.
Rainbow Alliance shall serve to support, educate, and provide outreach and advocacy to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Community and their Heterosexual Allies (LGBTQA). Rainbow Alliance will work to provide education and programming towards a better understanding of the LGBTQA Community and will work with other organizations to obtain this goal. Rainbow Alliance is a safer and healthy atmosphere that will nurture personal growth between all of its members. Rainbow Alliance will create a mutual support network that encourages respect and trust among all members of the organization. Rainbow Alliance will maintain absolute confidentiality on the basis of a member’s sexual orientation. No “outing” of other members will be tolerated. Rainbow Alliance meets every Wednesday during the Fall and Spring semester from 7:30-9pm.
oSTEM stands for Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It is a non-profit professional society that focuses on LGBTQA people in the STEM community. oSTEM empowers LGBTQA people in STEM to succeed personally, academically, and professionally by cultivating environments and communities that nurture innovation, leadership, and advocacy. Wright State University Office of LGBTQA Affairs is working with Wright State University STEM departments to launch a WSU oSTEM chapter this Fall 2017. If you are a student in majoring or minoring in a STEM field and are interested in being a student leader for the oSTEM chapter please email Petey Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org
For oSTEM faculty & staff who are interested in supporting the oSTEM Chapter:
The Office of LGBTQA Affairs is setting up the groundwork for forming an OSTEM (Out in STEMM - https://www.ostem.org/) affiliate group for LGBTQA+ STEM majors here at WSU. Generally, the goal of this group is to provide a group for LGBTQA+ science majors to meet to share experiences, get advice, make connections, strategize about the job market or grad school, etc. This community is generally under-represented in the science and tech fields, and we'd like to change that.
Our first step in creating this is to generate a list of allied campus Faculty, Chairs, and Deans. We were hoping that we might include you on this list. There isn't anything that we'd require of you right now other than your support. In the future, we envision OSTEM faculty will be possibility models for LGBTQA+ students and sources for information should they have questions or need advice. Your level of participation and involvement is entirely up to you. If you haven't already participated in our newly revised Safe Space Training, we will be offering a special section of that just for OSTEM faculty in the upcoming months.