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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 one-on-one advising sessions to discuss issues, concerns, and experiences related to diversity as it affects their academic studies, career development, and personal wellbeing. This includes advising on diversity statements for faculty jobs, fellowships, and PhD program applications. Sign up for advising appointments in GRAD Gargoyle.

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.

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 to discuss your visit options. We are currently offering virtual information sessions, and requests should be submitted at least two weeks before your desired date. Please consult the Campus Tour page for more information.