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WE RISE focuses on the retention and the successful graduation of our racially/ethnically diverse graduate students through creating a CommUNITY of Excellence.

How We Create Student Success


We build cohesive and supportive network through programming opportunities and peer mentoring. WE RISE provides programming opportunities, including professional development seminars and social activities.


We bring together student-led affinity groups in a safe space for support and encouragement. These groups include the following:

  • Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Grads
  • Brotherhood of Success (BOS)
  • Latine Graduate & Professional Student Association (LGPSA)
  • Sisterhood of Empowerment in Academe (SEA)


We provide resources that impact retention and time to degree.

Affinity group newsletters

Interested in joining? Fill out the relevant interest forms below to get connected!

“I love coming to WE RISE and La Familia events. They’re a breath of fresh air, and the staff and students are all amazing people. Thank you y gracis; y’all rock.” —UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student