Our partner organization, Queers in STEM (QSTEM), was formed by CDLS graduate student, Rob Ulrich. As a biracial, gay man, he wanted to create a space for LGBTQ+ identifying people and other identity-based STEM organizations to build a community of support and encouragement within the cis-heteronormative environment that pervades STEM and beyond. QSTEM currently has about 200 members on UCLA’s Campus and collaborates with other organizations in Southern California, Virginia, and Europe.
The events and programs QSTEM organize and collaborate on address academic, professional development, and social needs. QSTEM regularly facilitates discussions revolving around the experiences and needs of LGBTQ+ identifying people in STEM. This past year they sent members to the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals Out-To-Innovate career summit.