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Second-Year Experience

Our 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 new Damen Student Center in Suite 127. Come visit us sometime!

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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
Telephone: 773-508-8263
Email: ybarnes@luc.edu

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.  Her professional and research interest areas include leadership and service, social justice and diversity programs, and the access and retention of first generation students. She has a three year old dog named Josie, who she loves dearly. Yolanda's main responsibilities include coordinating the certificate program, "workshops by request" program, and the Student Leadership Institute.  Yolanda also supervises SLD's student staff, and develops marketing and communication plans for SLD 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!

Roy Rodriguez, Graduate Assistant, Leadership Development & Second Year Experience
Telephone: 773-508-8380
Email: rrodriguez6@luc.edu

Roy earned his B.A. in Film and Media Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. During his time as an undergraduate at UCSB, he took on numerous leadership positions in Greek life, the Residence Halls Association, student government, and in the division of student affairs. Being a first generation college student mixed along with his campus involvement both sparked his passion for leadership/leadership development and the impact it can have in ensuring the persistence and success of students from underrepresented backgrounds. This led him to utilize leadership as a means of keeping himself and other first generation students on the right track to earning a college degree. Roy is currently the Graduate Assistant for Leadership Development & Second Year Experience and is earning his Master’s in Higher Education from Loyola.


Second Year Experience · 1032 West Sheridan Road, Centennial Forum Student Union, Lower Level 42-E, Chicago, IL 60660 · 773.508.2167

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