Loyola University Chicago

Division of Student Development

Post-Election Message

Dear Loyola Student Community,

The 2016 presidential election has come to an end after a long, divisive campaign. Regardless of your political affiliation, the election results have elicited a wide range of emotional responses.

Individuals whose personal identities were targeted or insulted during the campaign may be experiencing fear for their personal safety or a new threat to their basic sense of security and wellbeing. This moment of transition provides us a unique opportunity to draw strength from our Ignatian heritage and reaffirm our Jesuit values.

We are a community that recognizes, respects, and celebrates differences. We collectively commit to ensuring all members of our campus community feel safe and holistically affirmed. Our community is built upon mutual respect and an unwavering commitment to respectful dialogue, no matter how difficult the conversation. St. Ignatius reminds us that in dialogue we ought to presume the best intentions of the other. May we approach future dialogues with an open mind, sincerity, humility, and a spirit of generosity.

In the spirit of Dr. Rooney’s message to the campus community this morning, we are offering several opportunities to gather on the Lake Shore Campus as one community—with open hearts and minds—to respectfully engage in dialogue.

Join us for the following events:

  • Peace Circle
    Friday, November 11, 10 a.m. on the West Quad
    Join fellow community members in a safe space to discuss the election in a constructive, honest, respectful, and authentic way.
  • Undocumented Students and Allies Circle of Support
    Sunday, November 13, 3 p.m. in the Klarchek Information Commons, 4th Floor
  • Where do we go from here?
    Monday, November 14, 12 p.m. in the Damen Student Center Den
    Participate in a dialogue facilitated by staff from the Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs (SDMA).

As we do this important work, please care for yourself and each other. If you are in need of additional support, consider using the following resources that are available to all students:

  • Campus Ministry provides pastoral care and support for those in need. Campus Ministry is located in the Damen Student Center, Suite 271, and can be reached at 773.508.2200. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
  • The Office of the Dean of Students is located on the third floor of the Damen Student Center and can be reached at 773.508.8840 or DeanOfStudents@luc.edu.
  • Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs is located in the Damen Student Center, Suite 116, and can be reached at 773.508.3909 or Diversity@luc.edu.
  • The Wellness Center is located on the third floor of the Granada Center. To schedule an appointment, please call 773.508.8883.
  • On the Health Sciences Campus, the Ministry, Student Affairs, Bioethics, and Diversity and Inclusion offices are available as resources for individuals and groups. Perspectives is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 800.456.6327 or visiting perspectivesltd.com.

Sincerely,

Mariana Chavez
President, Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC)

Jane Neufeld
Vice President for Student Development