Affinity Programs


Sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies and the Office of Graduate Student Life (OGSL), these opportunities are discussion-based peer groups organized around shared social identities, characteristics, or life experiences. Open to all students in any graduate program at Rutgers-New Brunswick. 

You can make connections, share resources, discuss challenging issues, and provide personal and professional support. Groups will run for Spring 2024 and Fall 2024.  Participation for these groups is ongoing, to register your interest, click HERE

Questions? Please contact Briana Bivens at and Ghada Endick at  


Affinity groups are communities created around a shared identity to provide opportunities for networking, professional or personal development, and an expanded sense of community.

Visit the Graduate Student Association GSO Directory for the following affinity groups.

  • Christians on Campus
  • Council of Black Graduates
  • Rutgers GRADient
  • Rutgers Graduate Christian Fellowship
  • Rutgers Graduate Students for RAR NORD Chapter
  • Rutgers Korean Graduate Student Association
  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native American in Science (RU Chapter)
  • Supporting Parents and Caregivers at Rutgers
  • Women’s Leadership Coalition
  • Rutgers Hillel


The Cultural Center Collaborative, within The Division of Student Affairs, is committed to supporting the needs of Rutgers’ campus communities by creating a welcoming and holistic learning environment for all community members, inclusive of all identities and allies.

The Paul Robeson Cultural Center, the Center for Latino Arts and Culture, the Center for Social Justice Education & LGBT Communities, and the Asian American Cultural Center come together to form the Cultural Center Collaborative

PAST EVENTS - Fall 2023

Black Graduate Student Mixer
Tuesday, September 12, Time: 5:30PM - 7:00PM. Location: Paul Robeson Cultural Center, 600 Bartholomew Road
The Council of Black Graduates welcomes all Black-identified graduate students to the first gathering of the year at the Paul Robeson Cultural Center this Tuesday 9-12 at 5:30. If you are a Black graduate student looking to connect with other Black grads, please come out for light refreshments and lots of camaraderie.
For more information, email

LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Social
Wednesday, September 13, Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm. Location: 17 Bartlett St, College Avenue Campus 
Graduate students in the LGBTQIA+ community are invited to meet and greet with us! Learn more about campus resources for our community and make new friends. Free food is provided. RSVP HERE. 
For updates and details, check out our instagram @rusjelgbt. Hosted by Center for Social Justice Education & LGBT Communities 

CLAC Graduate Student Social
Tuesday, October 24, Location: Center for Latino Arts and Culture, 172 College Avenue, First Floor Conference Room, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Meet Ghada Endick, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Life, and engage in conversation and comradery about surviving and thriving as a Latine in graduate school.  Share your graduate school experience, find community and support from fellow Latinx graduate students, and learn about resources to support your graduate student journey
Free food is provided! For more information and RSVP, click HERE. Hosted by the Center for Latino Arts and Culture