Washington University has a strong tradition of graduate student involvement and leadership. Through our "shared governance" system, graduate students are represented at virtually every level of the decision-making process affecting graduate students: departmental and School committees; University Standing Committees; and graduate student representation on the Washington University Board of Trustees.
There are also numerous opportunities for graduate students to get involved and develop their leadership skills through School-based student groups and multidisciplinary and university-wide registered graduate student groups listed below.
The Liberman Graduate Center provides priority space-use, administrative support, and advising to the Graduate Professional Council, Graduate Student Senate, and all registered university-wide graduate student groups.
The Graduate Professional Council is the university-wide graduate student organization that represents more than 6,000 graduate and professional students from all seven schools at Washington University in St. Louis. GPC hosts events and provides professional development opportunities for graduate students across academic disciplines.
Constituted in Spring 1993, the GSS isthe graduate student governing body thatrepresents ~1900 graduate students in theGraduate School of Arts & Sciences,including Ph.D. students in the schoolsof Engineering, Social Work and Business.
BEC is a graduate student-led multidisciplinary group open to all Wash U affiliates, begun in 2004 and now comprisingupward of 400 members. Its mission is to educate students,faculty, and staff regarding biotechnology-based entrepreneurialopportunities and skills.
BGC provides a supportive social and professional network for black graduate students at WU and encourages meaningfuldiscussion, commentary, and analysis regarding local and nationalissues relevant to African Americans. It also seeks to serve as avehicle for positive social change at Washington Universityand within St. Louis African American communities.
WashU CSSA, officially registered since 2001, is the only university- wide graduate student organization that coordinates social and intellectual activities for Chinese students and scholars on both Danforth and medical campus of Washington University. CSSA strives to increase cultural awareness on campus and share Chinese culture within the entire WashU community.
Graduate Students with Children represents and advocates for graduate and professional students at Washington University in St. Louis who have children. Our mission is to foster community and communication amongst graduate students with children, advocate to university administration and graduate student organizations and governing bodies on behalf of student-parents, and work toward increasing awareness, understanding, and inclusion of parenting issues within the university.
I-CAN helps international students improve communication skills, build networks, and learn leadership skills to thrive in an English-speaking and multicultural environment, thereby enhancing members’ professional development and job marketability.
KGSA encourages friendship and solidarity among Korean graduate & professional students at Washington University, and promotes a broader understanding of Korea and its culturesamong WU students, faculty, and staff.
The Latino Graduate Student Alliance is a graduate student group that addresses the social, educational, and professional needs of Latina/o graduate students and those interested in Latina/o and Latin American issues at Washington University. We strive to increase awareness and understanding of social, economic, cultural, and political issues affecting the Latino community at large.
OUTgrads is an LGBTQIA group dedicated to developing community among Washington University graduate and professional students, faculty, and staff of all genders and sexual orientations. It provides social support and professional development opportunities, and promotes awareness of issues that affect LGBT communities.
Washington University in St. Louis Graduate Students Promoting Science Policy, Education, and Research (ProSPER) is a university-wide graduate student group that promotes the use of science in policy-making through science advocacy and literacy, facilitating inter-professional communication, and increasing scientist participation in policy.
The St. Louis Neuroscience Outreach Consortium (STLNOC) aims to connect students, teachers, and the general public with brain-related research and educational opportunities across the St. Louis region. We support a variety of programs and events including the Amazing Brain Carnival at the St. Louis Science Center, the Brain Discovery school outreach program, and the annual St. Louis Area Brain Bee. Graduate and professional students have the opportunity to hone their science communication skills while sharing their excitement about neuroscience with participants of all ages!
Saudi Student Association at WashU is a non-profit organization which seeks to promote interaction, and collaboration among WashU society to enhance the awareness about Saudi Arabia, the Middle East, and the Islamic world at large.
TGSA aims to encourage interaction, cooperation, and goodwill among Taiwanese graduate students at WU and share Taiwanese culture.
Umang (meaning enthusiasm in Hindi) is the campus-wide Indian graduatestudent association of Washington University in St Louis. We organize celebrations for several Indian festivals, including Diwali and Holi, and host many fun-filled events throughout the year. We work towards building a sense of community among our members and adding to the cultural diversity at Wash U.
WUSTL Ballroom is a new university-wide graduate student group dedicated to bringing ballroom dance lessons in a fun, stress-free environment to the student body at Washington University in St.
WUVETS promotes a close community of student-veteran fellowship, maintains productive dialogue between the student veteran community and university administration, and raises awareness of veteran affairs.