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GRAD Diversity & Inclusion leads efforts within UChicagoGRAD to create, sustain, and coordinate practices throughout the University that support the academic, scholarly, and career development of graduate students and postdocs from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups; and all graduate students and postdocs in incorporating diversity in their scholarly lives.

The University of Chicago’s diverse community provides the varying voices and perspectives essential to our mission of pursuing new knowledge. Our culture is enriched by the many different backgrounds of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Several offices and programs help foster this diversity at UChicago. Visit the University’s Diversity & Inclusion website to learn more about our commitment to diversity, including information for prospective and current students.

Current Initiatives:

One-on-One Advising

All students and postdocs can sign up for advising sessions with Dana Bozeman, Director of GRAD Diversity & Inclusion to discuss issues, concerns and experiences related to diversity as it affects their academic and career development as well as personal wellbeing. Sign up early for diversity statement development and review Make an advising appointment here. If you do not see an available time, please email Dana at dbozeman@uchicago.eduto find a time that will work for you.

Structured Writing Accountability Groups (SWAG) 

In collaboration with Student Support Services and the Writing Program, we provide space and structure for graduate student and postdoc quarterly writing accountability groups. Applications are closed for the quarter.

Diversity Administrator Working Group (DAWG)

A collective of diversity and equity related professionals that serve graduate students from areas across campus that meets to share best practices and resources for students. If you are an administrator that supports diverse graduate students and would like to join the working group, please email Dana Bozeman at dbozeman@uchicago.edu

Grads on the Ground

A partnership with the Office of Civic Engagement to support students’ community engagement efforts. Our offices collaborate to promote civic education and engagement opportunities that will strengthen connection with the broader community and the graduate student experience.

THRIVE

A partnership with Student Counseling Services (SCS) and Student Support Services to provide emotional wellness related workshops for graduate students. Check the calendar for upcoming events.

MOSAIC

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A two-day resource and engagement orientation for self-identified underrepresented minority graduate students. Check the calendar in May to sign up for these sessions.

Grad Diversity Career Development Workshops 

This inaugural four part series explores professional development and career planning through the lenses of identity and ability. This year we will focus on first generation graduate students, LGBTQ+ graduate students, graduate women of color and graduate students with disabilities. We are grateful for our partners in Student Support Services, LGBTQ Student Life, OMSA, and Student Disability Services. Check the calendar to sign up for these events.

Campus Visits for Groups

The University of Chicago is happy to assist program coordinators with planning a visit to our campus. Please contact gradadmissions@uchicago.edu four to six weeks prior to your planned visit to discuss your visit options. Requests submitted without ample time for planning may not be possible. We cannot coordinate or finance any costs related to your trip. Please consult our Campus Tour page for more details

Diversity in Academics

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.

Student Resources

The student experience extends beyond academics at the University. We offer many avenues to engage with peers outside the classroom. Student resources include diversity offices, services, and opportunities, as well as many cultural student groups.

National Center for Faculty Diversity & Development (NCFDD)

All graduate students and postdocs can set up individual accounts through which you will have access to webinars, online courses, articles, board discussions and more to support your academic and professional development. Members also receive discounts for programs such as the Dissertation Success Program. Sign up for your account here.

C3 (Creating Connections Consortium)

C3 programs are designed to enhance diversity within the Mellon-supported disciplines, mainly in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. All programs target supports to individuals at critical junctures along the academic pipeline, from undergraduate studies to the professoriate. Opportunities for graduate students include:

  • Postdoctoral fellowships at Bates, Connecticut, Middlebury, and Williams Colleges
  • Targeted faculty recruitment visits to our campus by faculty and administrators from C3 partner institutions through the Liberal Arts Diversity Officers (LADO), annually as part of GradUCon
  • Participation in C3 Annual Summit, an annual gathering of undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, faculty and administrators from all C3 and LADO partner institutions

ACM-CIC Faculty Fellowship Program

UChicago graduate students, recent graduate alumni, and postdocs are invited and encouraged to register their interest in being considered for tenure-track faculty positions at any of the 14 liberal arts institutions that comprise the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. These positions are enhanced by a two-year fellowship from the Mellon Foundation, providing critical supports for research and professional development.

Diverse Graduate Student and Postdoc Listhosts

New for fall 2016, all graduate students and postdocs who self-identify in the university’s Academic Information System (AIS) as being a member of a historically underrepresented minority group can subscribe to these lists to receive news and announcements about diversity initiatives at UChicago and within higher education more generally.

Diversity Advisory Board (DAB)

The UChicagoGRAD Diversity Advisory Board (DAB) is a group of students from across the university who advise UChicagoGRAD and others in developing programs and resources related to diversity in graduate education and experience. DAB also serves to connect campus-wide graduate student groups with each other and University leadership. Board membership reflects students who have consistently demonstrated a commitment to enhancing diversity, inclusion, access, and equity in higher education.

Contact DAB: grad-dab@uchicago.edu

DAB Membership:

  • Executive Board
    • Evelyn Campbell (BSD) – Board Chair
    • Nova Smith (Humanities) – Programming Chair
    • Hilary Tackie (SSD) – Race and Pedagogy Working Group Coordinator
    • Derek Nettingham (SSA) – Communication Chair
    • Terri Smith (SSD) – Executive Board Member-at-Large
  • General Members
    • Selina Baeza-Loya (BSD)
    • Cintia Hinojosa (Booth)
    • Phillippa Paisley (Harris)
    • Angel Boulware (SSD)
    • Nicole LaBell (Law)
    • Syrian Truong (PSD)
    • Cosette Bruhns (Humanities)
    • Allen Linton (SSD)
    • Héctor Varela Rios (Divinity)
    • Sophia Carryl (BSD)
    • Frania Mendoza Lua (SSA)
    • Matthew Vega (Divinity)
    • Rachel Chery (Humanities)
    • Victoria Okunye (BSD/Pritzker)
    • Durrell Washington (SSA)
    • Maria Hernandez (PSD)
    • Jesús Pacheco (Harris)
    • Subria Whitaker (Law)

DAB Initiatives

Transcending Boundaries Symposium, May 1, 2020

A student-led and organized research symposium designed to highlight the work of underrepresented minority graduate and postdoctoral scholars at the University of Chicago while building community amongst scholars of color on campus. More information about volunteering, presentation proposals and registration will be available during the winter quarter.

Maroon Mates

A peer mentoring program specifically for self-identified underrepresented minority PhD students. First year PhD students are matched with 2nd year+ PhD students to foster peer support and community. Applications are closed for the 2019-2020 school year.

Higher Education Internship for GRAD Diversity & Inclusion

Together with the Chicago Center for Teaching, UChicagoGRAD oversees and facilitates the work of five graduate interns conducting work on behalf of graduate diversity and inclusion to inform programs, practices, and policy here at UChicago. For more information, contact Dana Bozeman.

Race & Pedagogy Working Group

The Race and Pedagogy Working Group at the University of Chicago is a community of scholars and educators interested in exploring the intersection of pedagogy and racial justice across disciplines.  Our aim is to foster a community of scholars and educators committed to addressing race as a subject of both practical and theoretical interest in our classrooms. To that end, we organize events and assemble resources that encourage the cultivation of new pedagogical tools and approaches for thinking about race across the disciplines.

The Race and Pedagogy Working Group is supported by The Chicago Center for Teaching, UChicagoGRAD Diversity & Inclusion, and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.. Please contact Cheryl Richardson with your questions as well as any ideas for future programs.