Student Groups and Programs

Student Groups and Programs

The following groups and programs support students and provide opportunities for students to get involved with the university and surrounding communities.

Student Governance

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.

Divisional Listserv Information and Policies

What type of listservs does the Division of the Humanities have? – provides access to current PhD students. – provides access to current MA/MFA students. – provides access to all HUM students.
All students are automatically added to these lists.

Who can use these listservs?
We ask that departments and/or registered student organizations designate one person from their leadership group who will have sending privileges to the listserv. No other individuals should send emails through the listserv.
How do I use the Humanities listservs
Your designee should send any event emails for the student body to the above listservs noting the populations that each serve with the following guidelines in mind:

  • Emails must include text along with any images or attachments to ensure that the message is accessible to those using assistive technology.
  • Organizations may advertise their events up to two times through the listserv.
  • Organizations may only send emails related to established programs or events and are subject to review by the Dean of Students Office staff.
  • Event images or PDFs may be included.
  • Emails for purposes other than events (e.g. selling or lost items, commentary on events, news stories, jokes, etc.) will not be permitted.
  • Organizations should begin the subject of their email with their organization abbreviation.
  • Organizations found in violation of these rules may face sanctions, including loss of listserv privileges, for a period of time.


Contact Us

Office of the Dean of Students