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Loyola’s Anti-Racism Initiative

The Anti-Racism Initiative (ARI) brings together the Loyola community to address the inherent systemic inequities in our society that impacts our community in an effort to create tangible and lasting transformation for a fully inclusive culture. READ MORE

We strive toward these goals

Goal 1

You Belong

Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) students, staff, and faculty are integral and crucial to building a diverse community of thoughts, ideas, and approaches at the University, strengthening everything we do both on and off campus. Learn More

Goal 2

You Matter

In partnership with supportive allies across campus, we all create and facilitate a dedicated, thriving, and advancing environment for BIPOC students, staff, and faculty in all aspects of educational and career pursuits. Learn More

Goal 3

You Determine

BIPOC priorities must and will become fundamental components to building a more inclusive campus and society. Learn More

Symbolic Change
Identity Change
Structural Change
Fully Inclusive

Change from Within

Change from within

Change from within

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Anti-racist: The Will and the Way

The word "anti" means to have an active conviction for opposition. Given this, our definition of what it means to be anti-racist is to have an active conviction for opposition against all perspectives and practices that normalize and perpetuate the systemic perpetuation of racism.

Having an active conviction means translating earnest words into effective conduct with transformational impact. This requires us to acknowledge the history of dehumanization based on race for the attainment of power throughout our culture, media, government, social systems, private institutions, and public entities. It is incumbent upon us to hold ourselves accountable to address how racism was employed to establish our country, and how it has been maintained to create the profound and prolific racial disparities that continue to malign and impair the identity and existence of many of our citizens. The anti-racist, using their knowledge of this history, translates their convictions against racism into actions for systemic and sustainable change.

The anti-racist:

The anti-racist: takes on opportunities to right the wrongs of a racially unjust society by supporting anti-racist policies or expressing anti-racist ideas (Kendi, 2019).

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As a Jesuit institution that values social justice, this means that we must work towards ensuring that power is shared equally amongst all racial groups and that shared decision-making is valued. When decision-making is shared and diverse perspectives are valued, we will be fully inclusive and anti-racist.The pathway continuum shares how institutions can be on a continuum of inclusivity and anti-racism, starting from exclusionary to inclusive. Within an institution, there can be variability and pockets of inclusive and exclusionary practices.

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The summer of 2020 saw cries of injustice rise up across the country, including the streets of Chicago that Loyola calls home. While the University previously fostered many initiatives through the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, it recognized the current work being done was not enough.