History Graduate Student Association
Loyola's History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) represents the interests of enrolled full-time and part-time Loyola history graduate students to the institution's faculty, staff and administration. Five officers, a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and media coordinator are elected annually each Spring to represent the needs of the history graduate student body.
Created in 1999, the HGSA seeks to cultivate academic excellence and community among the graduate student body through workshops, conferences, informal gatherings and the limited funding of student activities. Since 2004 the HGSA has focused on transitioning into a more formal and active organization. The HGSA is responsible for assisting in the development of graduate orientation for first-year students, department-wide social events and workshops on navigating graduate studies in history.
The HGSA's primary event is the Annual Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Conference. First held on May 14, 2005, this event is co-sponsored by the Loyola Department of History and the HGSA. The conference brings together more than thirty students from local, regional and national graduate history programs and included the participation of several Loyola Department of History faculty members.