Community


At LGS, we know that diversity enriches the academic environment. We recognize that innovative research and scholarship must include diversity in geography, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, spirituality, socio-economic status, disability, family status, opinions, thoughts, and ideas. Indeed, there are many communities within the Emory community.

There are a number of organizations and programs across campus that are dedicated to connecting you with a range of communities, resources, and support services. Explore some of them below, and be sure to visit our Current Students page for more information about support services offered by LGS and Emory, as well as living in Atlanta.

Graduate Student Government Association

The Emory University Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA) is the governing body for all graduate and professional students at Emory University. The GSGA is comprised of an executive board and legislature of appointed or elected representatives from each of the eight graduate divisions. GSGA has both programming and advocacy functions and is tasked with improving the quality of Emory graduate students lives and education.

Laney Graduate Student Council

The Laney Graduate Student Council (LGSC) is the governing body of graduate students in the Laney Graduate School at Emory University. The LGSC hosts social events, supports chartered student organizations, funds events for graduate student groups, and holds open meetings once a month where students can request LGSC support for their activities. Additional, LGSC keeps an updated roster of all Laney registered student groups.

Arab Cultural Association

The Emory Arab Cultural Association's mission is to foster a community for students who identify as Arab/Middle Eastern/North African and for those interested in the culture. ACA does this through regular community dinners, discussion sessions on issues pertaining to the Arab and Arab-American identity, philanthropy and small events, and other programs and services.

Association for Women in Science-Graduate

Emory's graduate chapter of AWIS advocates for women in science. Anyone, regardless of gender, who encourages women in science are welcome to participate in our networking, social, speaker, and outreach events.

Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)

The Black Graduate Student Association is dedicated to the enhancement of the graduate experience for African-American students and students of African descent at Emory University. The organization has been established to serve as a foundation for building unity, support, and academic excellence among these students as well as the greater Emory community. The association will accomplish these goals by designing experiences that focus on, but are by no means limited to: recruitment; the transition from undergraduate to graduate school; academic support; and opportunities for fellowship, service, and activism.

Emory Chinese Student Association

Emory Chinese Student Association aims to instill an awareness & appreciation of traditional and modern aspects of Chinese culture throughout the entire community and beyond. Our purpose is: A) To represent and unify the Chinese community at Emory. B) To introduce Chinese culture and provide social and cultural functions for members and non-members of Emory ECSA. C) To promote better understanding of Chinese culture by addressing Chinese and Chinese-American issues and by educating people of Emory University and other communities.

Emory LGBTQ+ Grad Student Coalition

LGBTQ+ Graduate Student Coalition is a student-led, student-driven non-profit network of students, professors, and professionals committed to on-campus inclusivity and support for the LGBTQ+ community. We aim to connect those from school-specific LGBTQ+ graduate student groups with other students from across the University; provide a space for students without such groups to meet and network; and advocate, both on and off campus, for issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community.

Emory Science Advocacy Network (EscAN)

The Emory Science Advocacy Network (EScAN) is a graduate student group at Emory University that seeks to promote biomedical research funding through advocacy and education. They explore opportunities and develop skills related to science advocacy, policy, and communication. EScAN currently has about 90 members represented from the Laney Graduate School Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS), the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University School of Medicine, and Emory College of Arts & Sciences Departments of Chemistry and Physics.

EmViet-Vietmanese Student Association 

EmViet, Emory’s Vietnamese Student Association, aims to spread Vietnamese culture and foster a sense of community between its members through social events, sports teams, and family group outings. We also develop leadership and networking skills by creating relationships with other Vietnamese Student Associations through our annual Leadership Camp. In addition, we annually raise money to benefit a nationally chosen Collective Philanthropy Project.

Emory Women in Neuroscience 

The purpose of this organization is to cultivate a community of graduate student researchers at Emory University that support the advancement of women in neuroscience. To accomplish this, our aim is two-fold: 1) we aim to support women-identified graduate level researchers interested in neuroscience at Emory University by hosting speakers, panel discussions, networking events, and social events, 2) we aim to cultivate a community that will assist our members throughout their time at Emory University and beyond, as they pursue their career aspirations.  As such, our mission is to support students as they deal with issues relevant to women in neuroscience, such as career advancement, balancing work and family commitments, discrimination in the work place, and sexism.  

First-Generation/Low-Income Partnership for Graduate and Professional Students

Emory's First-Generation/Low-Income Partnership for Graduate and Professional Students (FLIP-GP) is a student organization that serves as a community and a resource for FLI students and alums from different academic disciplines to improve their educational, professional and lived experiences. FLIP-GP is open to FLI students and allies. The mission of FLIP-GP is to build community among FLI graduate and professional students and to provide academic, professional, and social support to these students to mitigate challenges faced by this marginalized group.

Indian Cultural Association

The Indian Cultural Association (ICA) was originally founded as the Indian Cultural Exchange (ICE) in 1989 as an organization serving those of Indian origin, as well as anyone who identifies with or wants to learn about India culturally, socially, or philanthropically. ICA fosters a more unified community by promoting conversation, advocacy, and cultural understanding.

International Graduate Students and Scholars of Emory

The mission of the International Graduate Students and Scholars of Emory will be to focus and provide a supportive environment for all international scholars, breaking barriers between cultures and fostering ethnic relations. We will do this by:

  1. Providing a supportive environment for all international students and scholars through events such as game nights, lunch gatherings and destressers.
  2. Breaking barriers between cultures and fostering intercultural bonding between international students and domestic students through culturally centered events for example Dia de los Muertos, Lantern Festival, International Trivia night, etc.
  3. Improve full participation and diversity across Emory via raising awareness and involving participation in events such as World Environment Day, through posters, Talks, Q&A, and Discussions.

Jewish Emory Graduate Students (JEGS) 

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Latinx Graduate Student Association (LGSA) 

The Latinx Graduate Student Association (LGSA) is the first and only Latinx graduate student organization at Emory Laney Graduate School. The mission of the LGSA is to build, sustain, and connect the Latinx community at Laney Graduate School and the greater Atlanta area. Towards this end we take as our central aim to:

  • Enhance and enrich the experience of Latinx students enrolled in the Laney Graduate School.
  • Create spaces for social networking and professional development across disciplines and departments for Latinx graduate students.
  • Connect with other graduate, undergraduate and professional organizations within Emory to build a sense of community and address the under-representation of Latinx faculty and students within the university.
  • Cultivate ties with Latinx organizations and communities in the greater Atlanta area.

National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers 

The purpose of NOBCChE (National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers) @ Emory is to build a community among minority students and assist in realizing their full potential in academic, professional, and entrepreneurial pursuits in chemistry, chemical engineering, and other related disciplines. The broader mission is to develop a culturally responsible and socially active community of black and other minority scientists at Emory and beyond in partnership with the national organization.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) 

The purpose of NOBCChE (National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers) @ Emory is to build a community among minority students and assist in realizing their full potential in academic, professional, and entrepreneurial pursuits in chemistry, chemical engineering, and other related disciplines. The broader mission is to develop a culturally responsible and socially active community of black and other minority scientists at Emory and beyond in partnership with the national organization.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) 

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The Collective

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Emory Offices

Connect with several Emory offices below. For a more comprehensive list, visit our Current Student page. 

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Research Opportunities and Partnerships

LGS students benefit from a wealth of entities dedicated to research and cross-disciplinary studies of many kinds. Below are just a few. 

Emory hosts numerous centers and maintains a variety of partnerships with other institutions -

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