Programs

  • Student Diversity Task Force
    • The Student Diversity Task Force is composed of graduate students from the full-range of schools, departments, divisions and programs at the University of Chicago. The task force serves as a student advisory board and working group with the Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives to recommend, execute and evaluate initiatives related to the recruitment, retention and academic success of graduate students from underrepresented diverse populations. Task force meetings are held monthly.
  • Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)
    • The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) at the University of Chicago offers research opportunities in the biological sciences, molecular engineering, physical sciences, mathematics, humanities and social sciences. Students participating in the program at Chicago will interact with faculty, research associates, and students that work in a highly collaborative environment.
  • UChicago Weekend
    • UChicago Weekend is a campus-wide visit event for admitted graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds and takes place in mid-early March.  Managed by the Office of Graduate Enrollment and Initiatives, the purpose of UChicago Weekend is to increase the number of admitted underrepresented minority (URM) students that enroll for graduate study at the University of Chicago.  Admitted students from participating schools and divisions are invited to campus to meet with high-level administrative leadership, faculty, prominent alumni, and current students to envision their life as a graduate student at the University of Chicago.  The aim of this event is to inspire a sense of fellowship or esprit de corps through the process of building relationships within their cohort and with their respective graduate division or professional school.  All details of the event may be found at http://uchicagoweekend.uchicago.edu.  Internal outcomes data indicate that admitted students that attend UChicago Weekend events have a greater rate of matriculating in the fall in contrast to admitted students that do not attend.
  • Discover UChicago
    • Discover UChicago is a campus visit for talented prospective graduate students from underrepresented populations that is held annually in October. Managed by the Office of Graduate Enrollment and Initiatives, the purpose of Discover UChicago is to increase the diversity and quality of the applicant pool by providing select students with an all-expense paid opportunity to meet our faculty, students and to learn about graduate education.
  • Chicago Metropolitan Exchange Program Week (CMEP)
    • The Chicago Metropolitan Exchange Program (CMEP) Week is an opportunity for prospective graduate students, typically McNair Scholars, to meet and network with faculty, staff members, and students at the three institutions participating in the program— Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. This event takes place in mid July.  At the University of Chicago, the visit consists of student panels, administrative and faculty meetings with departments of interest and a campus tour.  This program is managed by the Office of Graduate Enrollment and Initiatives.
  • UChicago Promise Study
    • The study primarily focuses on the results from a longitudinal survey that gathers information on the academic outcome of individuals who participated in pipeline programs at the Pritzker School of Medicine from 1990 to 2011. We recognize that these underrepresented minority pipeline programs are an effective and widely accepted mechanism for achieving the goals of diversity in the medical field. These programs serve to identify qualified and interested underrepresented minority students and improve their chances of successfully competing in the medical school admission process; and, if accepted, increase their success in the medical school curriculum.
  • SPINES Neuroscience Symposium

    • Summer Program in Neuroscience, Ethics & Survival (SPINES) is a unique professional development course offered each year at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) to facilitate the careers of underrepresented minority doctoral and postdoctoral students and early career neuroscientists. It is considered a model for the successful training of early career scientists from underrepresented groups. SPINES has been offered for over 20 years and has hundreds of alumni -- from those who are beginning their careers to those nearing retirement. The key ingredients for the success of SPINES are career-long mentoring, monitoring, networking, and understanding the current boundaries of neuroscience knowledge. Many describe the effect as magical and transformative.  To celebrate the legacy of the SPINES course and to further develop the relationship between the University of Chicago and the MBL, a day of activities in coordination with the 2015 Society for Neuroscience meeting, will be held in Chicago, IL on October 16, 2015. The event is an opportunity to bring together a large contingent of underrepresented minority scientists from multiple SPINES generations and to provide mentoring, support, and networking opportunities to the next generation of scientists at a national scientific conference.
  • Men of Color Forums

    • The Office of the Deputy Provost for Minority Affairs collaborates with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) to provide an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to dialogue around topics impacting men of color at the University of CHicago in a safe space. Each forum affords students access to create community with their peers and meet faculty and staff men of color from across the institution.
  • Women of Color Network Gatherings

    • The Office of the Deputy Provost for Minority Affairs collaborates with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) to bring together both graduate and undergraduate students from across the University who identify as female to create community and engage in open conversation about their experiences on campus. These forums happen throughout the academic year and additional social opportunities happen througout the year.