Black Graduate and Professional Student Organization (BGPSO)
Mission: The purpose of the Black Graduate and Professional Student Organization is to cultivate community within the University of Virginia to ultimately lead to the academic achievement of our student members. In other words, BGPSO is a place for us to connect and support each other. We will have numerous events throughout the year and we encourage you to come out and join us!
What do we do: Our signature event is called "Brunch and Banter" where we discuss current events and topics over delicious food! We also host Happy Hours and Social Events and collaborate with various organizations to hold events that discuss unique issues that black students face in academia and beyond. We also provide opportunities for community service and facilitate networking between black graduate students across different disciplines.
Nadine Michel, Co-President
Janelle Billingsley, Co-President
Latinx Graduate Student Alliance
The Latinx Graduate Student Alliance is committed to cultivating an inclusive, supportive, and empowering community for Latinx graduate students at UVA by coordinating cultural and social engagements, professional development, and community outreach.
The purpose of the Latinx Graduate Student Alliance at UVA is to:
1. Cultivate an inclusive, supportive, and empowering community for Latinx graduate students at UVA.
2. Promote the advancement of Latinx graduate students at UVA through cultural and social engagements, professional development, community outreach, and peer recruitment and retention.
3. Highlight and celebrate the academic and professional achievements of Latinx graduate students at UVA.
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Samantha Perez, President
Shades of Sisterhood
The purpose of Shades of Sisterhood (SOS) is to create and encourage community between Female Graduate and Professional students within the Black Diaspora across UVa's grounds. SOS provides an inclusive open forum where students of this particular intersection can come together and fellowship over shared experiences. Shades of Sisterhood also provides an opportunity for Black Female Graduate and Professional students to interact with Black Female Faculty and Staff from across grounds to discuss challenges and triumphs they can expect as they continue their professional careers.
The Organization for UnderRepresented Students
The Organization for UnderRepresented Students (OURS) is focused on providing a safe space for Ph.D. students from underrepresented backgrounds to come together and discuss the unique challenges we face. OURS hosts a lunch every other month where students come together to share their struggles as underrepresented students, celebrate success, and discuss solutions that would make the pursuit of a Ph.D. more equitable.
Maria Ali, Founder