The University of Chicago’s Office of Graduate Enrollment Initiatives is dedicated to contributing to a supportive and inclusive environment for all community members. We believe that intellectual and demographic diversity are the keys to innovative research and development. In order to achieve this institutional mission, our office actively works to identify, attract, and support talented women, first generation, immigrant, low income, and underrepresented students of color, from as many diverse backgrounds as possible. Through campus initiatives and partnerships, we strive to provide underrepresented students with the resources to succeed on campus and beyond. If you want to learn more about diversity recruitment at the University of Chicago, contact Sena Agawu, the Assistant Director for Diversity Recruitment in the Office of Graduate Enrollment Initiatives.
In order to increase the enrollment of students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees at the University, we supplement divisional and departmental recruitment efforts through the following initiatives:
- Collaborating with the Summer Research programs that provide underrepresented undergraduate students with opportunities to develop research skills, work closely with faculty members, and position themselves to be competitive graduate school applicants.
- Hosting Discover UChicago, an expenses-paid, fly-in program provides prospective graduate students with the opportunity to visit campus, meet with faculty members, and attend workshops intended to prepare them to apply to graduate school.
- Participating in recruitment fairs across the country in order to connect with prospective students interested in attending the University of Chicago.
- Coordinating with individual schools and programs in order to host undergraduate students interested in visiting and learning more about the University of Chicago.
- Participating in national partnerships, including the Leadership Alliance, the National Name Exchange, Society for the Advance of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), Association for Women in Science (AWIS), and the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (IRT).
The Graduate Enrollment Initiatives team collaborates with many campus partners to assure that graduate students are supported, personally and academically, throughout their time on campus. Below are some campus partners who conduct programs throughout the academic year to ensure underrepresented graduate students thrive while at the University of Chicago:
- GRAD Development and Diversity offers programming to help graduate students and postdoctoral students engage with diversity more critically in their scholarship.
- The Center for Identity + Inclusion (CI+I) is home to the Offices of Multicultural Student Affairs, LGBTQ Student Life, and Student Support Services. The CI+I seeks to create inclusive communities by improving intercultural communication across campus populations, and promoting student advocacy to enhance the university experience. Student Support Services focuses on students from undocumented/DACAmented, low income, first-generation, or immigrant backgrounds.
- The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) creates intentionally diverse and inclusive communities and strives to foster an environment that supports the exploration of varied identities and intersections, create opportunities to engage is challenging conversations to advance a more equitable society, and amplify the voices of students from marginalized identity groups to enhance the student experience.
- The Office of Academic Leadership, Advancement, and Diversity works toward improving the recruitment and retention of minority faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and students. Initiatives include forums on campus climate and diversity, management of summer research programs for students of underrepresented backgrounds, and implementation of the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.
Diversity in our academic programs supports our students of different backgrounds as well as students interested in the many cultures of the world. Our faculty members come from different career paths, disciplines, countries, and perspectives and are leaders, creators, healers, and explorers. In addition to learning about diversity, our students celebrate their own. On-campus programs work to build a community of support for students of varying backgrounds.
- Academic Affinity Groups are communities that exist within the larger University divisions and schools to support students of varying cultures, backgrounds, lifestyles, and beliefs.
- Research and Internships enable students to perform research with our faculty up to three years before applying to graduate school. UChicago is a participant in the Leadership Alliance, the Creating Connections Consortium (C3), and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF). For more information about diverse scholarship at the University, explore Diversity & Inclusion in Academics.
The University of Chicago’s diverse community provides the varying voices and perspectives essential to our mission of pursuing new knowledge. The backgrounds of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni enrich our culture. The following offices are resources that work to foster diversity on campus.
- The Bias Education Response Team (BEST) consist of administrators who are available to support and guide students seeking assistance in determining how to handle a bias incident.
- Student Disability Services facilitates the full participation of students with a disability and works to remove physical and attitudinal barriers, which may prevent their full participation in the University community.
- Spiritual Life Office connects students of every faith to resources on campus and in the community at large, including student groups, places of worship, and events.
- Student Health and Counseling Services addresses the mental health needs of all students, including graduate students of color. University psychologists and professional staff routinely conduct workshops on implicit bias and host therapy groups for graduate student wellness.