Student Associations

In addition to a number of discipline-based organizations and special interest groups, there are eight major graduate student associations serving students on the Chicago and Evanston campuses:

These groups promote interactions among graduate students, provide academic and social programs, and serve as advocates for graduate students on both campuses.

The Graduate Leadership and Advocacy Council (GLAC) is the voice of graduate students in academic and administrative matters at Northwestern University. The GLAC is comprised of delegates from six graduate student associations recognized by The Graduate School (GSA, CGSA, BGSA, CSSA, G-SALSA, QPGSA) along with the McCormick Graduate Leadership Council (MGLC) and the Indian Graduate Students and Scholars Association (IGSSA). Through regular meetings and ongoing dialogue, the GLAC brings the concerns of graduate students to the attention of the deans and administrative staff of The Graduate School, as well as other stakeholders on both campuses.

To identify these concerns, the GLAC polls graduate students through the Annual Graduate Student Life Survey—the results of which are presented to the Northwestern University Board of Trustees and disseminated to TGS, graduate programs and students.

Previous successful GLAC initiatives based on the Annual Survey and Report include:

GLAC also supports advocacy initiatives, represents Northwestern at the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students and serves as a place for student leaders to discuss best practices on how to best represent graduate students within their individual associations.

To contact the GLAC, email