On May 3, when the The Stonewall Center held its 20th Annual Rainbow Graduation Dinner and LGBTQIA+ & Ally Recognition Ceremony in the Amherst Room on the 10th Floor of UMass Campus Center, undergraduate Phoebe Bisnoff of our Chemical Engineering Department received an LGBTQIA+ Student Leadership Award. Bisnoff, who will be back at UMass Amherst next year, was recognized for being the founder and president of our student chapter of oSTEM.
According to the oSTEM website, it is “dedicated to building community and supporting LGBTQ science, tech, engineering, and mathematics students and faculty of the Five-College area. oSTEM is an inclusive network for LGTBQIA+ and allied grad and undergrad students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields.”
The Stonewall Center at UMass Amherst is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) Resource Center. The mission of the Stonewall Center is to provide support, resources, programming, and advocacy for LGBTQIA and allied students, staff, and faculty at UMass Amherst and for the larger Pioneer Valley. The center also seeks to educate the campus and local community about heterosexism, genderism, other forms of oppression, and it also addresses the intersections of identities and oppressions in order to strengthen and sustain an inclusive climate for LGBTQIA individuals and their allies. (May 2018)