|Sadika Sulaiman Hara|
Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs
|Sadika Sulaiman Hara received her M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont and her B.A. in Religious Studies with an emphasis in Islam from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Sadika’s professional experiences include work in Multicultural Affairs at San Jose State University, Admissions work at Stanford University, as well as many fun years in Residential Life at Mills College, the University of Vermont and UC Santa Barbara. Her research and presentation work includes understanding the experience and providing support for Muslim Student’s post 9/11, making meaning of the graduate Student of Color experience, and support and retention of first generation college students. Sulaiman Hara published her piece, Beyond the Rhetoric: “Supporting” Graduate Students of Color in the Vermont Connection Journal in 2005. Sadika continues to pursue her passion in working with historically underrepresented students, while working to provide educational opportunities for students to develop and expand cultural competency. Sadika and her family are thrilled and honored to be joining the Loyola University Chicago community.|
STARS Program and
Freedom Ride ABI
|Jason oversees the S.T.A.R.S. program, a peer mentorship program for underrepresented first-year students, in addition to leading the Freedom Ride Alternative Break Immersion (ABI) each spring and supporting the office’s various diversity and social justice initiatives. Prior to Loyola, Jason served as the Director of Scholar & Alumni Programs at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)/Gates Millennium Scholars Program, where he advised scholarship recipients and oversaw a portfolio of academic success and leadership development programs. Jason has also advised student organizations and student leaders at the University of Maryland-College Park, and served as an AmeriCorps volunteer and staff member at City Year, a national non-profit community service organization. Through all his experiences, he has developed a strong appreciation of diversity and social justice, and is committed to supporting, empowering, and advocating for college students of all backgrounds and experiences. Jason has an M. Ed. in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland-College Park, and a B.A. in Psychology and Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania.|
Safe Space Ally Training, Men of Color Initiative and Men's Project
Miguel is a Program Coordinator working with the men’s initiatives and LGBTQIA programming and outreach for the Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs (SDMA). Miguel oversees and provides leadership for the Men’s Project, a project that explores masculinity and gender related issues and the redefinition of manhood from the lens of social justice. Miguel also oversees the Black Men’s Initiative, a retention and leadership program that strives to empower our men of color to excel and grow in their educational experience while developing their leadership skills with the end goal of graduating and preparing them for post graduation. Miguel will also be leading the Safe Space and Ally Development for the Loyola University along with other LGBTQIA programs and initiatives. Before Joining the SDMA team, Miguel Macias served as a Graduate Assistant with the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Seattle University. In his position he worked with LGBTQIA programming and served as a main contact for students who needed institutional or community LGBTQIA resources and mentorship. In his time at Seattle University, Miguel took the Jesuit philosophy of “Cura Personalis” care for the entire person and took it on as his own. Through his experiences as a first-generation Mexican-American and son of immigrants, Miguel is committed to promoting social justice and dignity for all people through the means of higher education. Miguel Macias graduated with his B.S. in Sociology from Washington State University, and his M.Ed. in Student Development Administration from Seattle University.
|Nichole Faith Smith|
LUCES, Empowerment Pipeline and Social Justice Dinner Dialogue Series
Nichole is a Program Coordinator working on social justice, diversity, and leadership initiatives in the Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs (SDMA). In addition to supporting the department's social justice, diversity, leadership, and retention initiatives, Nichole oversees the Empowerment Pipeline program, a social justice outreach program aimed at intentionally steering local underrepresented high school students to create and direct their personal paths toward attending college, as well as the Loyola University Chicago Empowering Sisterhood (LUCES) program which is a retention program with the goal of increasing leadership efficacy and wellness among Loyola’s female students of color. Before joining SDMA, Nichole served as an academic advisor in the African American Academic Network at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she advised African American students and developed academic success and social programs. Nichole’s experiences have led her to develop a passion for social justice and diversity advocacy and education that validates the many experiences and perspectives of college students and affirms development of their cultural and social identities. Nichole has an M. Ed. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago, and a B.S. in Journalism and Public Relations from Ohio University.
Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs
Gaby is the Administrative Assistant of the Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Chicago. Gaby has worked with community organizations and theater companies in and out of Chicago to develop and facilitate leadership, community organizing, and arts education programs for youth. She is passionate about theater as a tool for education and empowerment, social justice issues, and media reform. Gaby enjoys working with students and is happy to be a part of the Loyola family.