DEI Committee UChicago Ecology and Evolution


Here you will find a collection of on-campus and off-campus DEI resources that will help you navigate and ease your experience as a member of our department.

General Resources


myCHOICE exposes, educates, and provides trainees with career options and experiences that leverage their strong research training. myCHOICE highlights employment opportunities focused on business, education, government policy, industry, innovation, research, and the public sector.

Center for Identity+Inclusion

The Center for Identity + Inclusion creates intentionally diverse and inclusive communities, serving as a bridge builder by engaging students and members of the University community of all backgrounds to ensure personal, academic, and professional growth and success.

Diversity & Inclusion UChicago

General tools and resources for the members of the campus community to create a more diverse and inclusive environment

Writing Program

The Writing Program offers credit and non-credit courses, seminars and workshops focused on writing for readers in academic and professional contexts.

Living in Hyde Park

General information about life in Hyde Park: banking, housing, furniture, utilities, mobile phone plans, fun things to do, and more!

BSD Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion works as an extension of the dean to increase the hiring and advancement of underrepresented groups in the BSD.

Graduate Recruitment Initiative Team (GRIT)

GRIT is a student organization committed to enhancing diversity, inclusion, and equity across the BSD and PSD graduate programs. GRIT focuses on three central components: recruitment, retention, and sustainability in order to increase the recruitment and retention of students from marginalized backgrounds.

General resources for Postdocs

General information for Postdocs from the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs (OGPA) and Postdoctoral Association (PDA).

International Students

Office of International Affairs (OIA)

The OIA provides advising services and supportive programming to the international community at the University of Chicago.

OIA check-in forms

When you first arrive at UChicago from abroad, it is very important that you check-in with the OIA as well as the department.

For F-1/J-1 Students

For J-1 Scholars 

For Employees in H1-B/TN/E-3 Status

Banking options

Wondering where to open a bank account in the US? Most international students have their bank accounts in the Citibank located on-campus

Living in Hyde Park

General information about life in Hyde Park: housing, furniture, utilities, mobile phone plans, fun things to do, and more!

Applying to Graduate School

Special instructions for international applicants applying to UChicago

Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color


SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science. UChicago hosts a SACNAS chapter. Join the UChicago SACNAS chapter:

The Organization of Black Students (OBS)

The OBS at the University of Chicago provides an organizational framework to address issues of concern to the Black community on campus and at large.

Center for the study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC)

The CSRPC is devoted to the study of race and ethnicity, one that seeks to expand the study of race beyond the black/white paradigm while exploring social and identity cleavages within racialized communities. 


LGBTQ Student Life

The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Student Life is the hub for all LGBTQ student life at The University of Chicago.

LGBTQ Student Organizations

Here you can find and join several  active LGBTQ student groups

Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS)

The CSGS seeks to integrate the innovations of the last fifty years in the study of women, gender, and sexuality into the core research and teaching mission of the University of Chicago by advancing new forms of interdisciplinary knowledge that connect academic learning to worldly problems and contexts.

Women in Academia

GRIT Womxn Team

The womxn’s team seeks to foster a community of women and women-identifying scientists at the university wherein womxn gather to address gender issues in STEM and share experiences in both encountering and overcoming obstacles.

Field Museum Women in Science group (FMWIS)

Members of the FMWIS group are committed to promoting the work of women and minority scientists at every stage of their academic and professional careers in order to encourage an increase of diversity in the workforce and allow for further creativity and innovation in the sciences.

Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS)

The CSGS seeks to integrate the innovations of the last fifty years in the study of women, gender, and sexuality into the core research and teaching mission of the University of Chicago by advancing new forms of interdisciplinary knowledge that connect academic learning to worldly problems and contexts.

Health and Wellness

Mental Health check-ins

Click here for a detailed description of the Darwin Cluster Mental Health Check-in program.

UChicago Student Wellness

UChicago Student Wellness offers a full range of services and opportunities dedicated to caring for students, including medical services, mental health (counseling and psychiatry), and health promotion.


Students commonly experience stress, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, difficulty sleeping, and issues with concentration, and UChicago Student Wellness is there to help students address these and other mental health concerns, including responses to stress and traumatic experiences.


Office of Civic Engagement

Opportunities and tools to build community in South Side Chicago.

Science Communication 

Non-official list of science communication organizations serving the Chicagoland area

Chicago Science Works

Chicago Science Works is envisioned as a novel STEAM-themed learning hub and destination promoting teen self-realization and neighborhood revitalization.

Chicago Southland STEM Network

By collaborating with partners from across sectors, Chicago Southland STEM Network takes an innovative approach to increase STEM equity, interest, and persistence throughout Chicago’s culturally and economically diverse south suburbs.

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH)

EYH Chicago hosts an annual conference to encourage young girls in our local community to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The EYH program provides STEM role models and hands-on activities for middle and high school girls. Students, postdocs, and faculty are welcome to volunteer

HerStory: Famous Women in Science History

HerStory is an outreach event for young females who are curious about science.


The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Disabled people have a legal right to request accommodations and work in an accessible environment here at UChicago.

Student Disability Services (SDS)

The SDS works in collaboration with the University of Chicago faculty and staff to provide resources, support, and accommodations to ensure that all aspects of student life are accessible and inclusive of persons with disabilities.

Access UChicago Now (AUN)

AUN is a coalition of University units, divisions, and schools that provides leadership and transparency regarding accessibility for the campus community. Explore here to request accommodations, report digital/physical campus barriers, and/or make a campus service request.

Center for Digital Accessibility

Want to learn how to make your educational content and scientific research talks more accessible for everyone? Explore here for direct training, and accessibility testing available for students, postdocs, faculty, staff, and other academic appointees. Make your digital content easily navigated and understood by a wide range of users, including those users who have visual, auditory, motor, or cognitive disabilities.

Information for Postdocs

As a Biological Sciences Division (BSD) Postdoc, you are entitled to long or short term disability coverage through Gallagher


UChicago Parenting resources

Here you can find a list of resources for parents at UChicago, including information about need-based childcare stipends, and parenting groups on campus.

Graduate Student Parenting Policy

Information about resources, academic modifications, and leaves of absence related to parenting.



Gender-based misconduct

Information and resources about gender-based misconduct, and the University of Chicago resolution process.

Bias Education & Support Team (BEST)

Students affected by bias can seek emotional and administrative support through BEST

Equal Opportunity Programs

The Equal Opportunity Programs from the Office of the Provost provide leadership and efforts to address sexual misconduct and discriminatory harassment.

Grants for URM

Search for the perfect fit

No matter who you are, the best way to find the right grant or fellowship is through a custom search.

UChicago GRAD maintains a great fellowship database, where you can filter based on citizenship status, DACA status, or search for grants and fellowships that target underrepresented groups.

They also offer a library of diversity fellowships and funding opportunities for international students,  fellowship advising, and other helpful workshops. (Register with your cnet ID).

Below we hilight a few grants and fellowships of interest to E&E scholars from underrepresented groups, but this list is far from complete.

For prospective and current graduate students

 Postdoctoral fellowships

* Not specifically for URMs, and require US citizenship, but those who are eligible should apply!



Darwin Cluster Initiatives

Keystone Community Initiative

Darwin Cluster Keystone Community Initiative is a student designed and run mentorship program that pairs incoming students with an upper year student for the duration of their first year. While mentors can of course provide academic advice, the predominant goal of the program is to weave new students into the Darwin cluster social sphere and provide a support network from the day they start the program. To this end, mentor-mentee pairs meet one-on-one and attend social gatherings together at both the program and cluster level each quarter. Since its inauguration, all incoming students have opted into the program. There are also opportunities for upper year students to get involved, including leadership roles, training development, and event coordinating.
Contact Information for 2021-2022 Leadership Team:
EE: Sophia Horigan,
OBA: Hannah Farrell,
CEB: Mariah Scott,

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