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Student Groups & Events

You’ll thrive in our welcoming and inclusive environment, which builds supportive connections among students. Starting with Brown School Orientation and extending through the year, you’ll find a full calendar of social events, including student-run TGIT happy hours and special student dinners at Dean McKay’s home, The People’s House.

Other yearly highlights include the student-led Washington University Pow Wow, an annual Cultural Showcase, the student research symposium Research Without Walls, and, of course, Commencement.

Annual events in the community also offer a great opportunity to discover St. Louis with your classmates. Student favorites include the Festival of Nations, LouFest, the Great Forest Park Balloon Race, the St. Louis International Film Festival and PrideFest. For an ongoing list of the best St. Louis happenings, consult the Riverfront Times.

Brown School Student Groups

Brown School student groups play a large part in our dynamic student life. At the Brown School, student groups are driven by student interest—if you are passionate about something that isn’t on this list, you can create something new with the support of our Student Services team.

Student Coordinating Council (SCC)
SCC is the student-led governing body of the Brown School. SCC oversees school-wide events and aids in facilitating activities hosted by other student groups.

Advocacy and Learning for Public Health Action (ALPHA)
ALPHA connects students motivated to promote public health awareness, knowledge and action through education and advocacy in the Brown School and larger St. Louis Community.

American Indian Student Association (AISA)

AISA is a student‐led group of Native and non‐Native students who are committed to learning, preserving, and sharing the cultures of American Indian, Alaska Native, and other indigenous communities. We seek to provide a safe and supportive environment for members to explore cultural identity while advocating for diversity within the Brown School as well as the larger St. Louis community.

Black Student Union (BSU)
The mission of BSU is to build, broaden, and maintain a sense of community service, responsibility, understanding, and togetherness among Black students and allies. We seek to promote awareness of issues impacting local, national and international black communities through programming that focuses on a strengths-based perspective of black culture.

Brown School African Students Association (BSASA)
BSASA provides a network for both African and non-African students at the Brown School interested in Africa and to increase awareness of African issues.

Children’s Advocacy for Resources and Empowerment (CARE)
CARE seeks to respond to and meet diverse community needs that will improve the life conditions of children, youth and their families through community service, education and charitable giving.

Global Health at the Brown School (GHB)
GHB increases awareness on global health issues at the Brown School and beyond, by networking, implementing innovative events, and collaborating with other student organizations and outside professionals pertaining to global health issues.

International Student Association (ISA)
ISA is dedicated to promoting an inclusive environment and fostering a sense of cultural awareness.

Leaders for Education, Action, and Policy (LEAP)
LEAP provides a platform for Brown School students to engage in urban education issues, in order to reduce educational disparities and promote the collaboration among local schools, agencies, businesses and families in the community.

Public Mental Health (PMH)
The mission of Public Mental Health is to raise awareness of mental health as a public health issue. The group engages students with interests in mental health beyond clinical practice and emphasizes the importance of prevention in issues of mental health.

Sexuality & Gender Alliance (SAGA)
SAGA is a group focused on issues of sexuality and gender. Its mission is to foster a sense of community through social and educational programming, while applying a critical and intersectional lens to issues affecting the LGBTQIA+ community.

Women in Leadership (WIL)
WIL aims to create an environment at the Brown School that promotes and encourages women to develop their leadership potential. The purpose of Women in Leadership is to facilitate exploration of leadership roles and philosophies by engaging with and learning from the professional community of St. Louis.

Washington University Student Groups

WashU student groups bring together students from across the university’s seven schools. Below is a small sampling of the WashU groups driving advocacy, programming and impact across campus and throughout the region. We encourage you to keep exploring the breadth of opportunities, Graduate Student Groups Information.

Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA)
WashU CSSA coordinates social and intellectual activities for Chinese students and scholars on both the Danforth Campus and Medical Campus of Washington University. CSSA strives to increase cultural awareness on campus and share Chinese culture within the entire university community.

Graduate Professional Council (GPC)
The GPC represents more than 6,000 graduate and professional students from all seven schools at the university. It hosts events and provides professional development opportunities for graduate students across academic disciplines.

Graduate Students with Children
This group represents and advocates for graduate and professional students at WashU who have children. Its mission is to foster community and communication, 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.

OUTgrads is an LGBTQIA group dedicated to developing community among WashU graduate and professional students, faculty, and staff of all genders and sexual orientations. It provides social support and professional development opportunities, while promoting awareness of issues that affect LGBT communities.

Latino Graduate Student Alliance (LGSA)
The LGSA 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. It strives to increase awareness and understanding of social, economic, cultural and political issues affecting the Latino community at large.

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.

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