Grad Council

Graduate Council is the representative student government for the University of Chicago's 8000+ graduate students. Our mission is to create a university-wide identity and culture by building a welcoming graduate community, empowering interdisciplinary collaboration, and opening lines of communication across campus. Graduate Council is made up of a leadership team and 33 elected representatives from the university's 12 graduate schools and divisions. Learn more about our funding opportunities, our events, and how you can get involved by exploring our website.

Dean's Council

Dean's Council is a graduate-student oriented organization run by student representatives from each program within the BSD. DC advocates for BSD graduate students to administration, and our primary goal is to fund and organize both BSD-wide and program-specific social, community, and academic events. Social events occur throughout the year and include movie nights, discounted tickets to sporting and cultural events around Chicago, pub nights on campus, and volunteering opportunities. DC also sponsors travel awards for students attending academic conferences and equipment rental through the BSD equipment library. Each program within the BSD generally has two representatives. The role of a DC representative is to serve as a liaison between DC and their program by communicating information about events and funding. DC representatives vote on funding allocation and help plan events for BSD students.

Graduate Recruitment Initiative Team

The Graduate Recruitment Initiative Team (GRIT) began as a grassroots student organization and has grown to encompass 18 graduate programs in the Biological Sciences Division (BSD) and Physical Sciences Division (PSD) at the University of Chicago with over 50 members. GRIT is committed to enhancing diversity, inclusion, and equity across the BSD and PSD graduate programs. GRIT focuses on three central components: recruitment, retention, and sustainability in order to increase the recruitment and retention of students from marginalized backgrounds. GRIT is comprised of four teams dedicated to programing and training relevant to each community: the under represented minority (URM) team, the LGBTQ+ team, the Womxn’s team, and the Disability team.


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The mission of Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans (SACNAS) is to support inclusivity, professional advancement, and educational opportunity for STEM students from underrepresented groups. Our mission is to empower and provide the tools for all scientists to succeed in their respective fields, whether it be in academia or in industry. We provide personal and professional networking and development events to the STEM community by leveraging our professional and personal networks, in addition to the national SACNAS network, allowing us to serve, support and lead our vibrant minority STEM student community on campus at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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