Student Perspectives Series

The Student Perspectives Series (SPS) is an initiative that began in the 2016-17 academic year as a venue for students to work with members of the UChicago Board of Trustees on issues related to graduate student life and experience. Through this program the Graduate Liaison to the Board of Trustees works with a small team to solicit feedback on issues facing the graduate community. The team meets quarterly with members of the board to discuss student feedback, peer institution research, and actionable next steps for improving the student experience at UChicago.


meet your liaison

Erica Watkins Ryan is a 2nd year student at the Booth School of Business. In her role as Graduate Liaison to the Board of Trustees, Erica advocates on behalf of the graduate community with members of the Board at the quarterly Student Perspectives Series meetings. She also hosts the quarterly Trustee Luncheon and serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Team for Grad Council.

Contact Erica at

Student feedback surveys

As part of the data collection process in preparation of the quarterly SPS meetings, the Liaison to the Board collects student feedback to exemplify how the issues is perceived in the graduate community. Participate in our current survey on Mental Health here.


meetings and outcomes

Follow the link below to learn about our current and previous meeting themes. Memos sent to the board will be shared here, as well as a summary of any tangible outcomes as a result of the work of the SPS team.


get involved

Let us know that you're interested in becoming a part of the 2017-18 SPS team, or if you would like to help Graduate Council's ongoing work in understanding and proposing solutions for graduate student issues.


Past SPS Meeting Notes

Below please find the memos from previous SPS meetings.