Loyola University Chicago

Office of the Provost

New Office of Global and Community Engagement

July 2, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Reflecting on my first one hundred days at Loyola University Chicago a few weeks ago, I wrote to you of my plans to restructure the Office of the Provost. On May 15, Rev. D. Scott Hendrickson, SJ, DPhil, began his role as Associate Provost for Global and Community Engagement.

The new office under his leadership signals a strategic change in how we engage with our city and the world. We want to engage further with the communities around our campuses and deepen our work with academic programs in diverse parts of the world. Through this structure, students, faculty, and staff will collaborate with external partners and communities. We will identify and address urgent and complex problems in our own society and around the globe.

The Office of Global and Community Engagement is an integral part of our new academic vision. This vision has a strong foundation in Jesuit education, reaching back five hundred years to the Renaissance humanists. The Jesuits interacted with people and cultures around the world and immersed themselves in the study of language, rhetoric, and literature. The purpose of this immersion was achieving eloquentia perfecta, a term that for the Jesuits incorporated values of eloquent expression, deep listening to others, and action for the common good. The aim of our global and community engagement is to develop eloquentia in social empathy as we dialogue with others. Our engagement with others near and far will involve interdisciplinary study and research. This engagement also will deepen students’ experiences learning languages as caring global citizens.

Scott Hendrickson is also associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. His expertise is in the early modern period of Spanish literature and culture. He currently serves as the graduate program director in Spanish and recently held the appointment of Special Assistant to the Provost for Academic Programs. Since coming to Loyola in 2013, Scott has been actively involved in several international initiatives. They include directing faculty-led study abroad programs and teaching the Ignatian pilgrimage course in Spain. He has participated in joint ventures with Jesuit universities and faculties of higher education in many countries.

As Loyola changes its organization of global education, I would like to thank Rev. Frank LaRocca, SJ, JD, MBA. He has served as Special Assistant for Global and International Education, an interim role in the Office of the Provost. In this role, he strengthened our international agreements and led the growth of the Vietnam Center through new strategic recruitment focused on Loyola students. Frank improved partner relationships with dedicated development efforts outside of Europe, such as Mexico, Colombia, and India. During Frank’s tenure we adopted new tech platforms at the Office of International Programs (OIP). These new OIP platforms improved advising, recruiting, and international student reporting. Finally, Frank implemented across-the-board improvements to financial stewardship and accountability at OIP. He returns to the faculty of the Quinlan School of Business as clinical assistant professor and will also remain Assistant Dean for International Initiatives at Quinlan.

Loyola has a rich history in global education. In particular, it includes global centers in Rome, Italy and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Faculty-led programs and partnerships with other institutions will continue to provide extraordinary opportunities for students around the globe. Our hope is that all students, whether in Chicago or abroad, will have the experience of deep and reciprocal community engagement as part of their Loyola degree.

I look forward to working with Scott in his new role as Associate Provost for Global and Community Engagement.

Together in Loyola,

Norberto M. Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer