Graduate and professional students

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Welcome, graduate and professional students!

Spectrum Center serves all University of Michigan students—whether you're getting a master's degree through one of the professional schools, a doctorate through Rackham, or another post-graduate credential—we're here for you. 

Attend our interdisciplinary fall grad welcome, socials and programs; join a student org; or show up to one of our many events open to students of all degree levels. And let us know how we might be able to support you.


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LGBTQ+ graduate and professional student organizations

These organizations are meant to bring together LGBTQ+ graduate, professional, and/or post-doc students. Many are based on in specific fields or schools/colleges. For a list of all LGBTQ+ student organizations, visit our student org directory.

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Alliance for Inclusion, housed in the Dental School, aims to educate dental students, staff, faculty, and dental professionals about lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender issues in hopes of encouraging awareness, as well as providing perspectives in treating LGBT patients. The organization hopes to foster a welcoming environment for LGBT students, staff, faculty, and patients at the Dental School.

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Networking, professional development, social activities and activism opportunities for graduate LGBT students in the STEM community. We're an organization dedicated to building a community for LGBTQ students in STEM fields and providing them with resources on navigating their identities in a professional setting.

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Out for Business builds community among the LGBTQ+ students at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and raises awareness among Ross faculty, staff and students of the issues facing LGBT individuals in society. OFB has a chapter for graduate students and a chapter for undergraduate students.

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Outlaws is a student group at Michigan Law that advocates for the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ perspectives within the law school, and works with allies within the school and beyond to end discrimination in all its forms. We sponsor numerous educational and social events throughout the year, keep the law school community informed on legal issues affecting LGBTQIA+ rights, and raise the visibility of LGBTQIA+ people within the legal profession. Outlaws pursues its educational efforts in solidarity with other student organizations. Outlaws also provides a dynamic social space for members of the LGBTQIA+ community at the law school.

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OutMD seeks to create a safe space for LGBTQ identified persons and Allies within the medical school and bring awareness to the disparities LGBTQ identified persons face in the health care setting as both patients and providers. We support these aims by hosting regular meetings, organizing lectures and panels, and sponsoring students to attend conferences related to LGBTQ health disparities. For the school, our activities will create an inclusive atmosphere and provide important knowledge for future physicians when caring for this population.

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QT Psych at the University of Michigan was founded in 2016 by a group of graduate students who were interested in creating an inclusive space for queer graduate students in The Department of Psychology. Our mission is to create and foster a community for LGBTQ+ individuals in the department and foster a community of academics that promote queer scholarship in our sub-fields and across campus.

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Through community volunteerism, programming, and partnership with other LGBTQIA+ organizations on campus and within the community, our mission is to engage in advocacy work and educational opportunities and a sense of community and visibility for the University of Michigan graduate and professional-level social work students.

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Spectrum Center
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Spectrum Center enrichment grants of up to $500 to individual student projects.

Rackham Graduate School
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Rackham assistance to help students meet educational and living expenses.

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Rackham support for one-time, unusual, or unforeseen expenses during your program.


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Join Spectrum Center for our fall grad welcome, as well as socials and other programs throughout the year that welcome or are specifically created for graduate and professional students. 

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Various U-M campus units also hold events and opportunities throughout the year, tagging events specifically for LGBTQ+ graduate, professional, and post-doc students on Happening @ Michigan with the “LGBTQ Graduate Student” tag. 


U-M resources

  • The LGBTQ Studies graduate certificate program is administered by the LSA Women’s and Gender Studies department and consists of coursework of 15 credits.
  • Rackham's graduate student welcome provides newly admitted graduate students the opportunity to learn about Rackham and connect with resources that will enhance your experience at the University of Michigan.
  • Past Rackham 101 workshop recordings are available for students who were not able to attend the workshops at their intended time and date.
  • Rackham Resolution Office provides information -- on matters related to emergencies, crisis situations, disputes, and student conduct violations -- about Rackham Graduate School and university policies and procedures, makes referrals, and offers resources when appropriate.



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