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 and academic events.
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 have included the Festival of Nations, LouFest, the Great Forest Park Balloon Race, the St. Louis International Film Festival and PrideFest.
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 Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Justice (ASRJ)
ASRJ is committed to fostering a sex positive community and pursuing initiatives on campus and locally to promote everyone’s right to exercise bodily autonomy without shame.
Cells to Society Journal Club
Through journal review and discussion, the Cells to Society Journal Club aims to understand the impact of scientific research on public health from cellular to societal levels.
International Student Association (ISA)
ISA is dedicated to promoting an inclusive environment and fostering a sense of cultural awareness.
Mental Health Alliance (MHA)
MHA’s objective is to increase education and advance skills for future practitioners across programs, to reduce stigmas surrounding mental health, and to create a safe environment for Brown School students to engage in productive discourse and dialogue around mental health.
Mi Gente fosters community among Latinx-identified individuals and allies, increasing visibility and community engagement at the Brown School and across the greater St. Louis region.
Next Move provides community, support, and professional development for students who return to graduate school after a significant investment in other life activities resulting in substantial work/life experience.
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.
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.
Black Graduate Student Association
The Black Graduate Student Association seeks to build community amongst incoming, continuing, and past graduate and professional students of African descent across the African diaspora.
Chinese Students and Scholars Association
CSSA is an independent, non-political, non-profit organization of the Chinese Students and Scholars (CSS), by the CSS, and for the CSS. Our goals are to assist Chinese students and scholars at Washington University and share the Chinese culture with the entire university.
Graduate Christian Fellowship
WashU GCF exists to be a place where graduate and professional students at Washington University can encounter, know and enjoy Jesus Christ.
Korean Graduate Student Association
KGSA aims at painting a friendly social atmosphere and solidarity within the community of Korean graduate students at Washington University and promotes assisting students and faculty members at Washington University to have broader and more insightful understanding of Korea and its culture.
Graduate Professional Council
The Graduate Professional Council is the university-wide governing body for all graduate and professional students at WashU, fostering academic and social interaction between students of all disciplines.
Graduate Student Senate
The GSS’s mission is to represent and advocate for the interests of graduate students.
Latin Graduate Student Alliance
The Latin Graduate Student Alliance (LGSA) is a student group that addresses the social, educational, and professional needs of Latin graduate students and those interested in Latina/o and Latin American issues at Washington University in St. Louis.
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.
ProSPER: WU Students Promoting Science Policy, Education and Research
WashU Graduate Students Promoting Science Policy, Education and Research (ProSPER) facilitates student exploration of the relations between science and policy.
Taiwanese Graduate Student Association
The mission of TGSA is to promote the culture of Taiwan and to encourage the interaction, cooperation, and goodwill in and among all organizations of Washington University.
WashU Graduate Nature Trippers
WashU Graduate Nature Trippers is a group for outdoor enthusiasts at the graduate and professional schools at WashU.
WUSTL Ballroom The purpose of this organization is to promote and encourage the art of ballroom dancing at Washington University in St. Louis.
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.