oSTEM is an national organization for established to promote leadership and understanding in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathemetics) fields. The organization was founded in 2005, and NIU's chapter was founded in 2013.
The national mission of oSTEM is as follows (as found on the national oSTEM website):
Provide services and support for students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Create a dynamic network between students and professionals in industry and academia.
Provide education, outreach, and professional resources to high school students.
Actively recruit and address the needs of diverse groups within the LGBTA community, inclusive of those who are historically underrepresented with regards to gender and ethnic background.
A Message from Loretta
"oSTEM at Northern Illinois University is an all-inclusive organization that not only includes people of all different races, creeds, religions, and beliefs, but also of different sexual orientation, genders, gender identities, and gender expressions. Not only do we include everyone; we also encourage and empower them academically, professionally, and socially through networking, developing professional skills, and developing friendships."