On May 30th, 2015, the Loyola University of Chicago School of Social Work held a Gala to celebrate their school's 100th year Anniversary. The Gala started off with a cocktail hour of drinks and conversation in the Loyola University Museum of Art or LUMA and finished with dinner in Regents Hall.
Service and leadership are at the heart of a Jesuit education. And they’re also a key part of what drives Mariela Rodriguez each and every day. Rodriguez, who spent two months in Mexico working with indigenous women, hopes to one day earn her PhD and help immigrants and refugees.
As part of the 100th Anniversary Celebration, the School of Social Work developed "social work responses" to Richard Renaldi's "Touching Strangers" exhibition that will run at LUMA from May 23–August 2, 2015. Selected statements will accompany the companion photograph during the exhibit's time at LUMA.
Rebecca Witheridge is serious about school and service. As a graduate student, Witheridge carries a perfect 4.0 GPA and leads tutoring sessions for her fellow classmates. Outside of her busy school schedule, she works with young people at the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.
Two Loyola professors recently received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for their proposal to evaluate the effectiveness of community-based cross-age mentoring to reduce negative outcomes related to violence exposure and to promote positive development.
Loyola’s School of Social Work received a $480,000 federal grant in September to train graduate students and help them work with at-risk youth who have behavioral health disorders. Over the next three years, the school hopes to recruit about 100 students for the project.