Orange Jackets Membership
Texas Orange Jackets (OJs) is traditionally the oldest women’s service organization with a membership of women and nonbinary folks dedicated to upholding the tenets of service, leadership, and scholarship. We are a service organization that serves as official hosts of the University of Texas at Austin. All members of OJs dedicate themselves to upholding the three Orange Jackets tenets: scholarship, leadership, and service. Orange Jackets membership devotes itself to serving the university, Austin community, and supporting individual members’ initiatives. We spend countless hours volunteering at The Settlement Home for Children, our primary philanthropy for over two decades.
Service is a central part of being an OJ. Members exhibit dedication to serving their community within and outside of the organization. New members participate in a year long initiation process in which they construct a unique service project. The most recent project was an effort to acknowledge the racial and gendered history of UT Austin through creating a scholarship, hosting a panel, and establishing a database website. Additionally, all members participate in serving The Settlement Home and volunteer at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
Scholarship takes many forms for OJs. From attending tours to learn more about UT to attending poetry readings together, members have many opportunities to engage with each other and with people throughout Austin. Some memorable scholarship circles from the past year include discussing social media’s impact on mental health, the Women’s March, and education in the US.
Leadership is exhibited by all members in various capacities. Members are encouraged to attend and support others’ organizational events. Fundamentally, OJs help each other lead through providing encouraging environments to foster growth and enable other members to see their potential.
Orange Jackets accepts new members in the fall semester only, as the new member initiation program is a full year (two semesters) commitment. There are two Orange Jacket application processes, and you can read about them using the links below.