New graduate students are invited to participate in our New Graduate Student of Color Welcome and our LGBTQ+ Welcome, both of which are scheduled every fall. These sessions provide information for incoming students as well as an opportunity to network and connect with others over refreshments. 

Graduate Community Involvement

  • Affinity Lunch Series:  Join us for an hour of casual conversation and networking organized around particular affinity groups. We align the lunches with the month celebrations that take place throughout the year. The main goal of the Affinity Lunch Series is to increase your connections and provide networking opportunities. We also want to hear from you to help us identify the challenges that your community is facing in graduate education at Charlotte.
  • Student Organizations - There are many benefits to joining a student organization: making new friends, developing new skills and abilities, working as part of a team, learning to set and achieve goals, sharing your time and talents, as well as having fun. Graduate student organizations devoted to matters of diversity and social justice include:

Please visit the Graduate and Professional Student Government if you're interested in forming your own student organization. Student orgs have access to graduate specific resources like travel, event, and operational funding, official organization recognition by the University, as well as the opportunity to develop new skills outside the classroom and make vital contributions to the quality of graduate life at UNC Charlotte. 

Campus Spaces

Lavender Lounge - Located in Cone 172, the Lavender Lounge is a student-centered space that is open to LGBTQIA+ students and their allies. A blend of the traditionally gender-identified colors pink and blue, the color lavender blurs the lines and challenges gender norms. The lounge is a place where students can be their authentic selves; a space where they don’t have to worry about the world's norms.



Veterans Student Lounge - Located in Barnard 108, the recently renovated lounge provides a safe space for UNC Charlotte veteran students to gather to study, relax, and participate in group discussions. 




Peace Haven - Peace Haven is located in Cone 366 and is the first designated meditation and reflection space.  This space started as a student-driven initiative, led by Interfaith Niners, a combination of student organizations, including the Muslim Student Association.  Peace Haven is a space where students are allowed to pray, meditate and use for spiritual purposes. 



All Gender Bathrooms - If you see an “All Gender Restroom” sign, it means the restroom is a single-stall restroom that is for use by anyone on campus, across gender identity, and can be locked to prevent anyone else from entering. Some of these restrooms also have a changing station for individuals caring for infants and children. The presence of a changing station is denoted by an additional sign. Find a complete list of accessible all gender bathrooms here.