Loyola University Chicago

Residence Life

Service & Faith LC


Saturday of Service during Welcome Week

In 2015–2016, the Service and Faith Learning Community will be home to around 30 first-year students who are passionate about exploring the integration of faith and justice through service. By engaging in the community surrounding their new home at Loyola and in the city of Chicago, students will deepen their understanding of service as a foundation for exploring, articulating and living their own beliefs and values. Inspired by Jesuit tradition, members of the Service and Faith LC will strive to become “persons for others” through both their intellectual inquiry and engagement in their community.

Students in the Service and Faith LC will live together in one of our 5 first-year residence halls.

Activities and Programs

Students participating in the Service and Faith LC will have the opportunity to shape their own experience while building a tradition here at Loyola. At least four times a semester, the community will gather for large-group discussions or immersion experiences both on and off campus. Examples from the 2013–2014 community include:

  • Serving at the St. Thomas of Canterbury Soup Kitchen
  • Attending the Hunger Week Social Class Dinner
  • Taking a neighborhood tour
  • Visiting the National Museum of Mexican Art

The activities will allow the students to experience Chicago’s diverse populations and needs through service in the greater Chicago community. Learning Community programs and discussions are designed to help students:

  • Develop an understanding of the connections between Jesuit tradition and service
  • Explore the importance of service in their own faith tradition
  • Acquire an appreciation of service as a common value across multiple faith traditions
  • Engage in reflection and social analysis

Students will also take advantage of fun community activities such as weekend brunches, trips to the beach, and reflective immersions off-campus.

Curricular Requirements

In spring 2016 students in the Service and Faith Learning Community will take SOCL 127 Social Analysis & Social Action

SOCL 127  Social Analysis & Social Action   Marilyn Krogh  Section 1 Class 5395  TTh 2:30-3:45
This course helps students better understand the communities and issues they encounter as the volunteer in local service activity throughout the semester.  Core Engaged Learning.