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Facilitate Black student, faculty, and staff success

Facilitate Black Success

Goal 2: Facilitate Black student, faculty, and staff success.

Under the direction of the Chair of the Anti-Racism Initiative, each strategy is developed by a team of members of the Loyola community who work in offices and departments responsible for some aspect of the scope of work within the strategy.  Many thanks to the strategy team members for their effort and dedication to realizing racial justice at Loyola and abroad.  Over the next 5 years, we believe that this goal will be realized through the following four strategies:

Establish an Office of Black Student Success.  If we establish a hub for supporting Black undergraduate and graduate students at Loyola University Chicago, then we will be able to ensure structural change in practices that impact Black students that protect, mentor, and provide access to resources and ongoing support for navigating the campus environment, which will result in increased reports of belonging and connectedness and subsequent improved four- and six-year graduation rates for Black students.  LEARN MORE

Establish consistent inclusive practices and procedures for hiring new faculty.  This work is guided by the Office of Faculty Affairs, which began in the Fall of 2020.  The Office created a Faculty Diveristy Hiring Toolkit and specific policies for conducting searches in order to conduct more inclusive search procedures.  Diversity Equity and Inclusion Liaisons (DEILs) provide mandated implict bias training to search committee members and search committee members can request an Equity Advocate to sit on a search committee to ensure an equitable search process.  LEARN MORE

Implement evidence-based practices for retaining faculty of color. This work is guided by a grant awarded by the National Science Foundation in July 2021, called LUC-INSPIRED.  LUC-INSPIRED aims to institutionalize inclusive practices in the retention and equity of diverse faculty at Loyola University Chicago. The program’s activities and initiatives will focus on mentoring, professional advancement/success, mitigating service workload inequities, and creating opportunities for interdisciplinary connections for women, underrepresented minorities, and women of color faculty, particularly those in STEM fields. LUC-INSPIRED will be adapted to reflect Loyola’s Jesuit identity, making matters of gender and racial equity foundational to the institutional mission. LEARN MORE

Ensure Black students, staff and faculty have access to inclusive wellness resources centered in intersectionality and cultural humility. Continued promotion of intersectionality and inclusion best practices for the campus community. STRATEGY TO BE SET FOR FALL 2022

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