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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 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 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.

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
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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.