Loyola University Chicago

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Division of Student Development

Who We Are

James C. Thomas, M.S.Ed.

Title/s:  Assistant Director
Brothers for Excellence & LGBTQIA Initiatives

Specialty Area: LGBTQIA Initiatives and Brothers for Excellence

Office #:  DSC 117

Phone: 773.508.3929



Pronouns: He, Him, His

Originally, from Birmingham, AL, James Thomas earned his B.S. in Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his M.S. degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University in Bloomington. While in graduate school, James served as the graduate assistant of Leadership Development in the Division of Residential Program and Services. In this position, he supervised a late night programming space; advised within RHA; and instructed an emerging leaders course. Upon moving to Chicago, James served as a Residence Hall Director at Illinois Institute of Technology for two years, where he provided support to a residential housing complex and staff, advised RHA, and developed a learning community. James was Program Coordinator for Campus Activities at DePaul University just prior to coming to Loyola University Chicago. At DePaul, he advised the University Programming Board; oversaw Homecoming Week and its committees; and worked with Big Pink Volleyball.

James has served as the Program Coordinator for Men’s & LGBTQIA Initiatives since August 2017. In his new role as Assistant Director of SDMA, James will continue to oversee the Brothers for Excellence mentorship program and Q-Initiatives. Additionally, James will provide direction and curriculum development for the SDMA Student Leader experience. Alongside fighting isms through reflection, deconstruction, and empowerment, James enjoys diving into the world of music through headphones (and office speakers); discussing the interesting art of reality show confessional hand choreography; and experiencing more of the world through travel.