Celebrating Diversity - Ryan Olsen - oSTEM

  • A team of 2 oSTEM members work together blindfolded to create a spaghetti tower building at a COVID-friendly event in 2020.

Celebrating Diversity

June: PRIDE Month

In the College of Engineering, all are welcome. To better share the stories of how our faculty, staff, students and alumni are diverse in their many varying forms, we are celebrating various heritage and other nationally recognized months. This recognition will include stories about those in our greater engineering community, as well as sharing events and other opportunities.

oSTEM members show off their cute new oSTEM @ Nebraska stickers at the club fair (Fall, 2020)

oSTEM (Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Ryan Olsen
Vice President, oSTEM

Name, Hometown, Pronouns, and any Identity/-ies you wish to share that are relevant to Pride Month.

My name is Ryan Olsen (she/her) and I am from Aurora, Colorado! I am currently serving as the Vice President of oSTEM on campus and am a proud member of the lgbt+ community.

Q: Tell us a little about oSTEM @ Nebraska

A: oSTEM stands for Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Our UNL chapter was founded in 2017 to create a safe space for lgbt+ students, foster leadership within STEM fields, and encourage professional development. We invite anyone, regardless of major or identity, to join us!!

Q: How does oSTEM support LGBTQIA+ engineers and scientists at UNL?

A: Our organization hosts career-related events with diversity-focused employers, provides funding for students to attend the oSTEM National Conference, and ensures that all members feel safe and empowered to pursue their interests.

Q: What does Pride mean to oSTEM, especially as a member of the UNL community?

A: Pride is incredibly important to our oSTEM chapter. We believe in the power of coming together and showing support for all people, regardless of their identity. However, we also recognize that we are more than our identities -- and thankfully, our club partners feel the same way. oSTEM points students towards companies that respect, not tokenize, lgbt+ community members.

Q: Lastly, how can interested students learn more and join oSTEM @ Nebraska?

A: To join our safe & supportive GroupMe for social event information, scholarship + internship opportunities, and more: https://tinyurl.com/5e6hnjz6. We would love to have you!!