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The Graduate Enrollment Initiatives team collaborates with campus partners to support graduate students both personally and academically during their time on campus. Below are some of the campus offices who conduct programs throughout the academic year to ensure that underrepresented graduate students thrive at the University of Chicago:

  • GRAD Diversity & Inclusion 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 to help support both underrepresented minority and LGBTQ+ identifying students, as well as students from immigrant, undocumented, first-generation, and lower income backgrounds.
  • The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) works to create inclusive campus communities, promotes student advocacy, and strives to foster a university environment that supports the exploration of varied identities and intersections.
  • The Office of the Provost 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, and implementation of the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

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Graduate Ambassadors

The Graduate Ambassadors program offers Master’s & PhD graduate students an opportunity to participate in diversity recruitment initiatives across divisions and professional schools. The Grad Ambassadors represent current students from diverse backgrounds in STEM, non-STEM, and professional programs, and they help to provide prospective applicants with more information about student experience at the University of Chicago. Our ambassadors participate in a number of recruitment events throughout the year and serve as a point of contact for students interested in their graduate programs.

Want to learn more? For questions about the Grad Ambassador program, please contact our office at gradadmissions@uchicago.edu.

Multicultural Student Groups

The University of Chicago has many graduate student clubs, including multicultural groups and organizations intended for underrepresented students. Many of these student organizations incorporate community-building activities, professional networking opportunities, and academic support:

  • The Diversity Advisory Board is a group of student across divisions and professional schools who work to strengthen the sense of community for underrepresented minority students and assist campus offices with developing programs and resources related to diversity & inclusion.
  • Graduate Council is the representative student government for graduate students who works with university administration to improve graduate student services on campus.