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GRAD Development & Diversity 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.

One-on-One Advising

All students and postdocs are able to sign up for advising sessions with Celina Chatman Nelson, Director of GRAD Development & Diversity to discuss issues, concerns, etc. related to diversity as it affects their academic and career development. Make an appointment here.

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.

Higher Education Internship for GRAD Diversity & Inclusion

Together with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs in the Center for Identity + Inclusion; the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture; and the Chicago Center for Teaching, UChicagoGRAD oversees and facilitates the work of two graduate interns (political science doctoral student Jasmine Benjamin and history doctoral candidate Sonia Gomez) conducting research on graduate diversity and inclusion to inform programs, practices, and policy here at UChicago. For more information, contact Brooke Noonan.

Graduate Innovation Grant: SSD Minority Professionalization Program

Led by psychology (integrative neuroscience) doctoral student Carlos Cardenas-Iniguez, the SSD MPP program was piloted in 2015-16 with support from UChicagoGRAD. The cohort-based program combines a professional development seminar series, peer mentoring, and year-end conference in efforts to enhance the experience of students in the division who identify as members of groups that are historically underrepresented in the social sciences. For more information about the program, please contact Carlos Cardenas-Iniguez.

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 and Development, and the Center for the Study of Race, Politcs, and Culture. In 2018-2019, the coordinators of the Working Group are Hilary Tackie, Evelyn Campbell and Tien Tien Zheng. Please contact Cheryl Richardson with your questions as well as any ideas for future programs.

GRAD Diversity Ambassadors

A group comprising diversity-focused Higher Education Interns in addition to graduate student leaders from across the academic units. The group meets quarterly to advise UChicagoGRAD on continued development and refinement of targeted programs and resources and engages students, student groups, and postdocs to broaden participation. Contact Brooke Noonan if you are interested in applying.