The Collegiate Ambassador Program (CAP) bridges the gap between agriculture and the LGBT community by providing professional development resources and creating career pipelines. We strive to connect LGBT agriculture students to agriculture companies leading efforts in workplace equality.
Want to start a chapter at your college/university?
CAP Chapters are founded on four important relationships:
1.) Chapter to Members/Student Body
Creating events and programming that support LGBT agriculture students at your institution and in your community. This can be LGBT focused workshops, panels of queer professionals, hosting information sessions with sponsors, fun socials, and much more.
2.) Chapter to the Community
Volunteering in the community with K-12 programs and collaborating with other student organizations focused on the LGBT and agriculture communities.
3.) Chapter to other Chapters
Participating in the online chapter network by posting and helping to answer questions, collaborating on regional events like pride parades or conferences, and representing your chapter in your regional council.
4.) Chapter to CAP Executive Committee
Attending the annual Cultivating Change Summit and participating in workshops, panels, poster presentations, chapter-focused events, affinity groups, and opportunities to speak directly with companies and organizations that are interested in LGBT agricuture students and professionals.
Checklist for Starting a Chapter:
- Recruit at least three officers and one faculty/staff advisor from the college of agriculture.
- Register as an official student organization at your college or university.
- Establish an email listserv/distribution list for your chapter.
- Join a social media site and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and/or Google+. There you can meet and see what other chapters have done in terms of events, planning, and more.
- Fill out the New Chapter Application, which will require info from the officers, advisors, etc. After the Membership Team processes your application you will receive the personalized logos for your chapter, official chapters.ostem.org email address and your chapter will be added to the chapters page on our website. New chapter applications are typically only processed during the end of a semester, but temporary logos and letters of support can be provided on request.
- Review and follow all organizational guidelines for use of the new chapter logo. This is in the handbook, but more information will be provided.
You can also check out our CAP Chapter Handbook for additional information!
In 2016 we launched our first Collegiate Ambassador Program at Penn State University.
The Students for Cultivating Change provides a safe, inclusive network for students interested in agricultural sciences who are in the LGBTQ community. Focusing our efforts in education, community, and increasing awareness, we also strive to promote inclusion and visibility for LGBTQ individuals within the College of Agricultural Sciences and larger Penn State community.
In 2017 we launched our second Collegiate Ambassador Program at Virginia Tech.
The Students for Cultivating Change welcomes all who wish to advance LGBTQ+ issues in agriculture and natural resources and beyond. Our club meets once a month to plan events and advocate for issues of relevance. All are welcome to join, and hope to see you at an upcoming event!
We are currently looking for university partners with agriculture programs to help us build a global network. Let's have a conversation if you feel your university could be a potential thought partner!