Student Organizations

A group of students.

The Center for Diversity & Inclusion supports and partners with the following student organizations to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within the College of Engineering. Make sure you reach out directly to these groups if you’re interested in joining them!

Association for Computing Machinery, Women’s Chapter (ACM-W)

ACM-W is an inclusive community of students who support women in computing, particularly those who are interested in computer science and electrical & computer engineering. Each of our meetings focus on a different topic, ranging from professional development (interview tips, resumes, networking) to computer science-related skills to community building. Our events are open to anyone who is part of the OSU community, including allies. ACM-W members are also prioritized in the selection process for the Grace Hopper Scholarship offered by OSU, supporting students in attending the Grace Hopper Conference, the largest conference for women in computing.

Engineers That Read (ETRE)

ETRE is a community of students interested in discussing the role that engineering plays in systemic racism and related topics. This is a space for students to grow through conversation, and a space to discuss how racialized topics shape our responsibilities as engineers. As such, this will be a student-facilitated discussion group where 1-2 different members of the group will co-facilitate a meeting each week. Since its inception in fall 2020, we have read and discussed Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis, The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison, Black, Brown, and Bruised by Ebony O. McGee, Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code by Ruha Benjamin, Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis, and The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio.

Girls' Empowerment, Engineering, and Outreach (GEEO)

The mission of GEEO (jee-oh) is to engage elementary, middle, and high school girls in STEM-related topics and inspire them to pursue careers in STEM. GEEO strives to give all students the tools they need to feel like they belong in STEM. GEEO also provides resources and workshops that empower its members so they can serve as role models exemplifying confidence and determination in their careers. GEEO is fully inclusive and looking for people regardless of their background with a passion to inspire young girls.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

NSBE's purpose is to help with the recruitment and retention of Black students in engineering at OSU. Our mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. NSBE serves as a support system for Black students and exposes them to positive engineering resources, unites Black students in engineering, and prepares Black students to go into the engineering workforce. NSBE goes on industry tours, invites companies to talk to us, as well as attend conventions/conferences throughout the school year.

Out in STEM (oSTEM)

oSTEM works to support LGBTQ+ individuals nativagating the fields of STEM. By providing mentorship, engaging directly with local schools, and forming relationships with queer faculty and students of OSU, we strive to increase the visibility of LGBTQ+ individuals across STEM disciplines and create an affirming community that provides, aid, empathy, and opportunity. Our core values are to: 1) increase visibility of LGBTQ+ students in STEM at OSU; 2) build community and facilitate connection among LGBTQ+ students and faculty within and across STEM disciplines; 3) engage in outreach to middle and high school students in local communites; and 4) provide mentorship to LGBTQ+ students who are interested or majoring in STEM.

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanxs/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. Our vision is true diversity, meaning the field (including leadership positions) reflects the demographics of the population.

Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (SASE)

In November 2007, SASE National - The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers was founded to help Asian heritage scientific and engineering professionals achieve their full potential. Organizations existed for other affinity groups, thus there was a need for a similar organization where students representing all of the pan Asian cultures could connect and support each other.

In July 2020, the OSU chapter (SASE at OSU) was founded and has officially become a recognized chapter at OSU. SASE at OSU adopts the purpose from SASE National and carries its mission to support the underrepresented and underprivileged populations including those of Asian heritage at the university and anywhere else where the needs for its support exist. We're a very fast-growing collegiate chapter in the Pacific Northwest and have very strong connections with SASE National - West Region, as well as other chapters in the region.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

SHPE empowers the Hispanic and Latinx community to realize its fullest potential and impact the community through STEM awareness, access, support, and professional development (PD). We regularly host PD workshops, do community outreach, and build community through student socials like our SHPEsgiving and carne asada events. We also support Latinas in STEM through our SHPEtina community. We are a fun familia on campus!

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

SWE was founded as a means to advance women in the field of engineering. The goal of our organization is to present engineering as a desirable career for women through outreach programs, networking opportunities, scholarships, and training programs. We accomplish this by fostering a safe supportive community and hosting events that encourage professional and personal development, as well as attending national conferences. We encourage anyone and everyone to attend our meetings and events!

SWE also leads a mentorship program for first-year women in engineering called SWEsters. Students get paired up with upperclassmen mentors to help transition into the College of Engineering, and daily life at OSU.

Other student organizations that might be of interest, that are not directly supported by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion:

Phi Sigma Rho

Phi Sigma Rho is a social sorority for women in engineering and technology. We strive to maintain academic excellence and support personal achievement, while providing a social balance for all of our members. Phi Sigma Rho is incredibly important to it's members because of the strong support system it fosters to allow women to excel in engineering and technology.