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Student Leadership Development

SLD Staff

‌Leadership Development and Second Year Experience are two distinct programs, both offering unique services to students, but forming one unit with a common purpose. We are located in the Damen Student Center in Suite 127. Come visit us sometime!


Shannon Howes, Director, Leadership Development & Second Year Experience
Telephone: 773-508-2152
Email: showes1@luc.edu

After earning her masters degree in the College Student Personnel program at Bowling Green State University, Shannon Howes worked as residence director, then as the assistant director for a student leadership development department at a large, private university in Chicago. Shannon began working at Loyola University Chicago in July, 2010, and loves serving as the director for Leadership Development and Second Year Experience.  Shannon is a student in LUC's Higher Education doctoral program, and has also served as a member of the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership research team.  Shannon has a fabulous partner and 2 wonderful children. As director, Shannon focuses on strategic planning for the area, program development, and assessment.  The programs with which Shannon works most directly are the Leadership for Social Change Learning Community, the LEAD for Change program, and The People's Institute.

Yolanda M. Barnes, Coordinator, Student Leadership Development

Yolanda graduated from Texas A&M University with a masters' degree in Educational Administration, where she served as a graduate assistant in the Leadership and Service Center.  While serving as coordinator for Student Leadership Development, Yolanda's main responsibilities included coordinating the "workshops by request" program, the Student Leadership Institute, supervising the Peer Leadership Team, and developing marketing and communication plans for SLD programs.  We are grateful for Yolanda's contributions to the office, and wish her all the best in her new role with NASPA, a professional organization focused on higher education.  We are beginning our search to hire a new coordinator for Student Leadership Development programs.   

John Cote, Coordinator, Second Year Experience
Telephone: 773-508-2167
Email: jcote@luc.edu

John graduated in 2013 from the University of South Carolina with a masters degree is Higher Education and Student Affairs. He graduate in 2011 from Loyola University Chicago with degrees in Psychology and Economics. He is passionate about the Jesuit mission, Loyola University Chicago, and the city of Chicago. He is happy to be back home at Loyola and is looking forward to meeting all of the second year students. John is responsible for overseeing the second year programming, so if you have any thoughts, ideas, or concerns please feel free to send him an email!

Moira Phippen, Graduate Assistant, Leadership Development & Second Year Experience
Telephone: 773-508-8380
Email: mphippen@luc.edu

Moira earned her B.A. in Economics at DePaul University here in Chicago. During her time in undergrad,  Moira took on numerous leadership positions with her university's Office of Diversity Education, Center for Intercultural Programs, Student Leadership Institute,  and New Student and Family Engagement office. After graduating, Moira also worked with her university's Residential Life department and several other universities on numerous assessment related projects. As the Graduate Assistant for Leadership Development and  Second Year Experience, Moira supervises the Second Year Ambassadors and is highly involved in many of the programs and assessment across the office. Moira is also a student in the Loyola Higher Education Master's program,  but when she is not busy with these pieces, she also finds time to read comic books and play fetch with her cat.


Division of Student Development's Diversity Statement

We encourage applications from all individuals who have demonstrated commitment to diversity and pluralism. Student Development at Loyola University Chicago both celebrates and promotes a safe and healthy community life for people of all races, religions, national origins, socio-economic classes, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, physical and learning abilities, and ages by modeling behavior and articulating expectations that we live and work together in one community, bound together by our commitment to learning and respect for one another. Excellence and diversity at Loyola are inextricably tied. We have a deep understanidng of and commitment to the fact that, to be an excellent division and an excellent university, we must be diverse in all aspects of our work.    

Jane Neufeld, Vice President for Student Development 




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