The following groups and programs support students and provide opportunities for students to get involved with the university and surrounding communities.
The Humanities Division Graduate Student Council (HDGSC), which is composed of a president, vice president, and appointed representatives from every department and committee in the division, meets quarterly to allocate to its departments the funds received from a percentage of the graduate student activity fee.
The University Graduate Council consists of 17 representatives. Each division has at least one voting seat while the larger divisions hold two voting seats. All Graduate Students have a right to speak in front of the Council, though appropriate decorum is required. See website for meeting times and locations.
Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs)
Students may create or join recognized student organizations (RSOs), which often include a mix of undergraduate and graduate students. RSOs plan events and apply for funding from the Student Government Finance Committee, which allocates a portion of the Student Life Fee for student activities. The wide range of registered student organizations on campus are categorized by areas of focus: Academic Interest, Community Service, Cultural and Ethnic, Fine Arts, Media and Publication, Political/Advocacy, Religious/Spiritual, Social, and Sports Clubs. The Center for Leadership and Involvement maintains a database of RSOs that is searchable by these categories.
Diversity Advisory Board
The Diversity Advisory Board (DAB) is a group of students across the university committed to developing programs and resources related to diversity in graduate education and experience.
International Graduate Student Advisory Board
The International Graduate Student Advisory Board coordinates events that enrich academic, person and professional experiences of international students on campus.
Neighboring Schools Program
The Neighborhood Schools Program, a project of the University's Office of Community Affairs, hires University of Chicago undergraduate and graduate students to assist elementary, middle, and high school classroom teachers in over forty nearby schools.
University Community Service Center
The University Community Service Center serves as a clearinghouse linking the University community to meaningful volunteer opportunities throughout the city.