Our Mission Statement

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) is the governing Graduate Student Body consisting of representatives from all degree-granting programs in the Graduate College.
Addressing the specific needs of graduate students, GSC organizes academic seminars and workshops, supports students with travel and project awards, unites them with meaningful social and cultural events, and represents the UIC graduate student body in the many different organizations and events.

Message to UIC Community

Dear Graduate Student Community,

On May 25th George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was murdered by a white police officer in Minneapolis. This comes just weeks after the murder of Breonna Taylor by police while she slept in her bed and the nation is learning about the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, who was hunted, shot, and killed by two white men. These deaths however do not exist in isolation, since the founding of this country, Black people have been subjected to violence. Since George Floyd was murdered there has been boisterous calls for justice across the nation, and around the world. These demands for justice are not just for holding the individual officers accountable, but to dismantle the systemic bias of white supremacy towards people of color, that have allowed such violence to endure.

Ida B. Wells once said, “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” Part of dismantling these structures include looking inward and considering our own complicity in the structures and organizations we are part of, this includes the Graduate Student Council. We recognize that while graduate school is challenging for many, Black students are faced with additional challenges and discrimination in academia due to the same bias that exists in the society overall. We write to you today to publicly affirm our commitment to uplifting and amplifying the voices of Black students within GSC and the university by hearing and voicing their concerns to the university administration and working to create an environment where we, as a community, can discuss and reform our bias towards Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC).

As the Executive Board of GSC, we want to affirm our position that Black Lives Matter. We condemn the violence, injustices, and racism that Black people in our country have had to and continue to endure. We stand with the Black students of UIC. We see you. We hear you. You are not alone. We stand with you, grieve with you, and will fight alongside of you.

Sincerely,
The Executive Board of the UIC Graduate Student Council

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