Student organizations play a significant role in the life of students at the University. Among many student groups on campus, there are over 350 Registered Student Organizations through the Office of the Reynolds Club and Student Activities at the University of Chicago, including approximately 15 LGBTQ student organizations, 70 cultural student organizations, and 50 spiritual groups for students across many different faiths. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from across the University form and run these organizations.
Students can get involved more directly with the University’s diversity-related offices by joining their advisory boards. The Offices of International Affairs, LGBTQ Student Life, and Multicultural Student Affairs provide opportunities for students from across the institution to serve on their boards. These offices work very closely with student organizations to coordinate some of the University’s biggest events.
These are just a sampling of the many events celebrating diversity on campus, most of which are planned in part or entirely by student groups.
American Indian Urban Families and Communities Conference - Explores American Indian history and examines the challenges and barriers faced by families in accessing social services and education in Chicago.
Asian-American Heritage Celebration - Features notable Asian Americans and highlights events at the University of Chicago and the Chicagoland area.
Black Heritage Celebration - In conjunction with national Black History Month, the University of Chicago celebrates throughout the months of January and February with programming from student groups, University departments, and collaborating community groups.
Caras de América (Latino Heritage Celebration) - An annual event that includes lectures, movie nights, and comedy shows to celebrate the diversity of culture, histories, and social and political issues in Latino and Latin American heritage.
George E. Kent Lecture - Hosted by the Organization of Black Students, this annual event has included such prominent speakers as Cornel West, Angela Davis, Nikki Giovanni, and Gwendolyn Brooks.
Eid Dinner - A Muslim Students Association celebration for the University community to discuss various topics related to Islam. Past speakers have included Sherman Jackson, James Yee, and Jonathan Brown.
Lunar New Year Show - A collaboration of 10 Registered Student Organizations, this annual event exposes campus to Asian and Asian American culture.
Minority Graduate Student Association Eyes on the Mosaic Graduate Student Conference - Provides graduate students the opportunity to present original research that examines the ways in which we think about race in literature, film, art, recorded histories, public policy, legal and medical knowledge, immigration, interracial interactions, and other day-to-day experiences.
MLK Commemoration - A University-wide event hosted in partnership with student groups and University schools and departments.
Native American Heritage Celebration - In November, National American Indian Heritage Month, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs works with student groups to present film screenings and lectures about Native American culture.
Pride Week - A weeklong celebration of the LGBTQ community put on by student groups across the University. The event helps inspire unity, raise awareness, and provide fuel for conversation through such programming as academic lectures and social events.
South Asian Students Association Cultural Show - An annual event since the 1980s, the popular SASA cultural show features music and dance performances and a dinner of South Asian cuisine.
Visit the Registered Student Organizations directory to search more student groups on campus.