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 major events and conferences that several clubs organize, like the annual Ministry Conference and 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 from 10:20am to 11:20 in Swift Common Room. Bring your own mug if you can, but the coffee is free! Pictured at left are Dean of Students Terri Owens and past DSA President Sara-Jo Swiatek enjoying a recent coffee hour.
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.
DSA Board for the 2016-2017 academic year:
- DSA Board for the 2015-2016 academic year: President Cam Ferguson, VP Caroline Anglim, Secretary Drew Kerr, Treasurer Virginia White, and Graduate Council Representative Matt Peterson.
- DSA Board for the 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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