The Multicultural Learning Community is home to a diverse community of first-year, second-year, and transfer students who share a passion for exploring issues of diversity and social justice, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and more. Members of the community explore their own identity, develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for others, confront the realities of power and privilege, and learn to become agents for social change.
The Multicultural Learning Community offers two course clusters: the Race and Gender Course Cluster for students most interested in exploring issues of race and gender and the Arts in Society Course Cluster for students most interested in developing an understanding of art as an expression of culture and as a vehicle for social change.
In 2013-2014, the Multicultural Learning Community will be home to 60 first-year students and 50 second-year and transfer students. The first-year students live together in one of our 5 first-year residence halls. Second-year and transfer students live together in Fairfield Hall.
Activities and Programs
The Multicultural LC actively participates in programs that aim to bring together students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds to build deeper cultural understanding and to encourage action towards social justice. Students enjoy frequent workshops and discussions that connect their interests and passions and learn to take action to create a more just community here at Loyola and beyond. Faculty have lead a number of student trips to cultural museums such as the Holocaust Museum, the DuSable Museum of African American History, and the Art Institute of Chicago and to theater productions around the city of Chicago that explore cultural events and perspectives.
The curricular requirements provide wonderful opportunities to connect through coursework with peers in the community but also ample opportunity to meet friends from outside the community. Faculty members who teach in the Multicultural LC also participate with students in activities and events outside the classroom, allowing students to develop stronger relationships with faculty members from their first day on campus.
First-year students in the Multicultural Learning Community take 4 credit hours together in the Fall semester and 3 credit hours together in the Spring semester. There are courses offered for each course cluster: Race & Gender and Arts in Society. Second-year and transfer students take 3 credit hours together in the Fall only. All courses required for the Multicultural LC meet requirements for all degree programs at Loyola. Specific course information for 2013-2014 will be available in the coming months.