The Divinity Students Association (DSA) is an organization run by and for University of Chicago Divinity School students. The organization attempts to contribute to many spheres of life in the Divinity School: academic, professional, and social. Above all else, the DSA is committed to fostering a true community of Divinity students from every degree program.
DSA funds student academic clubs: one for each area of concentrations and many others sparked and organized by students according to their interests. In addition to the basic needs of these clubs, DSA also funds events and conferences, like the Alternative Epistemologies speaker series. Expanded edowment funding will now cover travel to domestic and international academic conferences, professional membership fees, and professional development activities: http://dsa.uchicago.edu/divinity-students-association-endowment-fund/.
DSA sponsors a (free!) coffee hour on Mondays during the academic year.
In addition, DSA makes available a limited amount of funding for students participating in international conferences.
Once each quarter, DSA hosts an early-evening social event in Swift Commons, providing beverages and refreshments for book-weary students. Other events, such as quarterly pub nights and orientation events, also contribute to student life and comraderie outside of the classroom.
Erin Simmonds, President
- 2016-2017 academic year: President Caroline Anglim, Vice President Hannah Fitch, Secretary Erin Simmonds, Treasurer Logan Westmoreland. Graduate Council Representatives: Matt Peterson and Rachel Carbonara.
- 2015-2016 academic year: President Cam Ferguson, VP Caroline Anglim, Secretary Drew Kerr, Treasurer Virginia White, and Graduate Council Representative Matt Peterson.
- 2014-2015 academic year: President Sara-Jo Swiatek, VP Jem Jebbia, Secretary Marcella Wilkinson, and Treasurer Elijah Kindred. Jenae Gurley, Graduate Council Representative.
Sara-Jo Swiatek, PhD student in Religious Ethics and Past President of the Divinity Students Association, discusses the venues for collaboration in the Divinity School and University.
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