The Graduate School (TGS) welcomes all members of our community, and encourages participation in the student associations and activities we fund. The graduate student associations listed below foster a sense of community for diverse graduate students on our campus:
- Alliance of Chicago Minority Students (ACMS)
ACMS establishes a comfortable community, support system, and social environment of diverse students within the schools on Northwestern’s Chicago campus. ACMS exists to serve minority groups within the following programs: Driskill Graduate Program (DGP), Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience (NUIN), Biomedical Engineering (BME), Clinical Psychology, Reproductive Science and Medicine Program (MS-RSM), Genetic Counseling, Physical Therapy, Pritzker School of Law JD, MSL, and LLM programs, and the Feinberg School of Medicine.
- Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)
BGSA is a group dedicated to fostering a sense of community among the Black graduate student body, through representing and acting upon its academic, cultural, intellectual, social, and political concerns and interests.
- Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSSA)
CSSA promotes Chinese culture and enhances intercultural communication and friendship through educational, cultural, and social activities. They provide support and service to the entire Chinese community at Northwestern.
- Comunidad Latinx (CLX)
CLX fosters a community oriented around Latinx identity, culture, and history. They provide a safe space for their members, give back to the local Latinx community, and educate the wider university community and public about Latinx affairs.
- Graduate International Student Association (G-ISA)
G-ISA represents all nationalities of graduate students at Northwestern. Their purpose is to cross borders, bring students together to experience each other’s culture, and create friendships and connections that transcend the comfortable confines of a student’s department or affiliated student group. G-ISA aims to reach out to students from nations that do not have a large presence in the graduate community, and provides them with the aforementioned opportunities.
- Graduate Out in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (GoSTEM)
GoSTEM strives to empower LGBTQIA+ people in STEM to succeed personally, academically, and professionally by cultivating environments and communities that nurture innovation, leadership, and advocacy. While their primary mission is to create community for LGBTQIA+ individuals, they are also strongly committed to intersectionality as an organizing principle, and therefore aim to actively center those who have been historically underrepresented in higher education due to their gender, gender identity, and racial and ethnic backgrounds.
- Indian Graduate Student and Scholar Association (IGSAA)
IGSSA serves and fosters a sense of community among the Indian (and larger South Asian) graduate and postdoctoral trainee population at Northwestern.
- Iranian Students Association
The Iranian Students Association is a student group dedicated to promoting social, intellectual, and cultural activities for Iranian students and other interested members in the Northwestern community. Aside from cultural and social activities, they strive to provide opportunities and benefits for their members, such as information and support for incoming Iranian students and connecting current students with Iranian alumni. Their goal is to enhance Iranian students’ experience at Northwestern and expand their career opportunities in the future.
- Queer Pride Graduate Student Association (QPGSA)
QPGSA is an award-winning social, advocacy, and academic group for the LGBTQ+ graduate student community at Northwestern. Founded in 2005, their membership now includes more than 400 graduate students. QPGSA is committed to developing an inclusive and affirming sense of community among the LGBTQ+ graduate students.
- Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in STEM (SACNAS)
SACNAS is a national organization committed to promoting the success of underrepresented individuals in STEM, from college students to professionals. The Northwestern SACNAS chapter primarily serves underrepresented graduate students through professional development, outreach, and cultural activities.