GRAD Diversity and Inclusion


One-on-One Advising

All students and postdocs are able to sign up for advising sessions with Celina Chatman Nelson, Associate Director of GRAD Development & Diversity to discuss issues, concerns, etc. related to diversity as it affects their academic and career development. Make an appointment here.

National Center for Faculty Diversity & Development (NCFDD)

All graduate students and postdocs can set up individual accounts through which you will have access to webinars, online courses, articles, board discussions and more to support your academic and professional development. Members also receive discounts for programs such as the Dissertation Success Program. Sign up for your account here.

C3 (Creating Connections Consortium)

C3 programs are designed to enhance diversity within the Mellon-supported disciplines, mainly in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. All programs target supports to individuals at critical junctures along the academic pipeline, from undergraduate studies to the professoriate. Opportunities for graduate students include:

  • Postdoctoral fellowships at Bates, Connecticut, Middlebury, and Williams Colleges
  • Targeted faculty recruitment visits to our campus by faculty and administrators from C3 partner institutions through the Liberal Arts Diversity Officers (LADO), annually as part of GradUCon
  • Participation in C3 Annual Summit, an annual gathering of undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, faculty and administrators from all C3 and LADO partner institutions

ACM-CIC Faculty Fellowship Program

UChicago graduate students, recent graduate alumni, and postdocs are invited and encouraged to register their interest in being considered for tenure-track faculty positions at any of the 14 liberal arts institutions that comprise the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. These positions are enhanced by a two-year fellowship from the Mellon Foundation, providing critical supports for research and professional development.

Diverse Graduate Student and Postdoc Listhosts

New for fall 2016, all graduate students and postdocs who self-identify in the university’s Academic Information System (AIS) as being a member of a historically underrepresented minority group can subscribe to these lists to receive news and announcements about diversity initiatives at UChicago and within higher education more generally.

Student-Led Initiatives

Higher Education Internship for GRAD Diversity & Inclusion

Together with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs in the Center for Identity + Inclusion; the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture; and the Chicago Center for Teaching, UChicagoGRAD oversees and facilitates the work of two graduate interns (political science doctoral student Jasmine Benjamin and history doctoral candidate Sonia Gomez) conducting research on graduate diversity and inclusion to inform programs, practices, and policy here at UChicago. For more information, contact Celina Chatman Nelson.

Graduate Innovation Grant: SSD Minority Professionalization Program

Led by psychology (integrative neuroscience) doctoral student Carlos Cardenas-Iniguez, the SSD MPP program was piloted in 2015-16 with support from UChicagoGRAD. The cohort-based program combines a professional development seminar series, peer mentoring, and year-end conference in efforts to enhance the experience of students in the division who identify as members of groups that are historically underrepresented in the social sciences. For more information about the program, please contact Carlos Cardenas-Iniguez.

Race & Pedagogy Working Group

This student-led (NELC doctoral candidate/CCT Fellow Madeleine Elfenbein & history doctoral candidate/Higher Ed Intern Sonia Gomez) group plans activities periodically throughout the academic year that educate and inform the campus community on issues related to race and pedagogy, centered around in-depth discussion and developing campus/community action plans. Collaboratively sponsored by CCT, CSRPC, OMSA, and UChicagoGRAD. Click here for more information.

GRAD Diversity Ambassadors

A group comprising diversity-focused Higher Education Interns in addition to graduate student leaders from across the academic units. The group meets quarterly to advise UChicagoGRAD on continued development and refinement of targeted programs and resources and engages students, student groups, and postdocs to broaden participation. Contact Celina Chatman Nelson if you are interested in applying.

2016-2017 Calendar—GRAD Diversity Series


9/16—Multicultural Grad & Prof Student Resource Fair (tentative), with OMSA/CI+I

9/16—Multicultural Grad & Prof Student Mixer (time TBD), with OMSA/CI+I

9/19—Ford Foundation Fellowship Info Session (12:30-1:20pm)

TBD—Postdoc orientation with PCEPS/Office of Vice Provost


10/19—Impostor Syndrome and the URM Scholar (tentative; time TBD)

10/20—Diversity Writing Workshop I (Noon-1:20pm)

10/27—Diversity Writing Workshop II (Noon-1:20pm)*


11/1—AJM: Diversity Statements (9:00-10:20am)*

11/3—Diversity in the Academic Job Market (w/OMSA & CSRPC) (Noon-1:20pm)

11/11—Plagiarism led by Chinese Consulate (Noon-1:20pm)


TBD—OMSA/CI+I Multicultural Grad & Prof Student Mixer


1/9—Community Engaged Scholars Workshop (4:30-6pm)

1/19—GRADTalk: Making Effective Comments in Class Workshop (Noon-1:20pm)*

1/27—Postdoc Visa Workshop (Noon-1pm)


2/13—NCFDD Participant Panel (12:30-1:20pm)

2/23—Selecting and Managing Your Dissertation Committee Panel Discussion (Noon-1:20pm)*


3/7—Interviewing for International Students Workshop (4:30-6pm)

3/24—MARCH TERM: Career Exploration Programming (Diversity Break-Out Session)*


4/6—LADO Faculty Recruitment Visit (All day)

4/23—Expose Yourself! (4:30-6pm)


5/8—Building Your Mentoring Dream Team Workshop (12:30-1:20pm)