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“We must therefore raise our Jesuit educational standard to ‘educate the whole person of solidarity for the real world.’ Solidarity is learned through ‘contact’ rather than through ‘concepts.’”

– Peter Hans Kolvenbach SJ

The Loyola University Community Engagement Award for Solidarity is given to the student who participated in a service-learning or academic internship course and who most clearly represent the university’s values of connecting in a real, meaningful, and beneficial relationship to our neighbors in Rogers Park and Edgewater.

The Solidarity Award is presented to the student whose work and reflections clearly addresses an understanding of the need to Loyola University Chicago to be a more active and humble member of the Rogers Park and Edgewater communities of which it is a part. The student’s work should address both the needs of the community while also recognizing its richness.

The following criteria will guide selection for the Solidarity Award:

  • The student nominee made clear, consistent, and cogent connections between course content, the engaged learning experience, and prevailing issues facing the Rogers Park and Edgewater community.

  • The student nominee had an important role in a project that sought to contribute to the self-articulated needs of the community in some way and met or exceeded expectations for a student volunteer in the project.

  • The project participates, deepens, and/or builds the relationships of a partner organization to Loyola University Chicago in a meaningful, sustainable way.

Nominations for the Community Engagement Award for Solidarity are due by Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 11:59 pm CT and may be completed below. Nominations may be submitted by a faculty member or community partner organization. Upon receipt of the initial nomination, the student nominee and faculty member/community partner (the individual not submitting the initial nomination) will be asked to submit additional information about the student’s experience.

 Nominations can be submitted here.

2021 Recipient

Ruben Guzman

"Ruben's project is the culmination of kindness and courage. His dedication to this project, despite a coinciding covid invasion in his family's home, is exemplary. ... Ruben's voice grew strong as his project nurtured impact. His family surrounded him with encouragement and the Cross of Glory Lutheran Church doors widened with kindness as Ruben was embraced. This is that rare project outcome that hits all the chords of realizing internal strength and value while extending the power of grace that one might truly claim." 

-Amy Jordan, Director of Special Projects and Instructor, School of Continuing and Professional Studies