Loyola University Chicago

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Division of Student Development

Criteria

The Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs is honored and excited to organize the 10th Annual Diversity Awards Recognition Ceremony. This ceremony is designed to highlight and showcase key Loyola University Chicago students, alumni, faculty, and staff members who have contributed to the success of our diverse student population academically, spiritually, culturally and professionally. It also highlights outstanding individuals who have committed themselves to advancing diversity and social justice at Loyola and within their community. 

Please fill out our online Nomination Form, which is launched early Spring, to nominate a Loyola student, faculty, staff or organization. The deadline for nominations is TBD.

SDMA Emerging Leader Award 

This award recognizes a first or second-year undergraduate student who has motivated other members of the University to strive for excellence. This individual embraces diversity and serving humanity through learning, justice and faith. Not only is this individual constantly working to better themselves, but they are also dedicated to the growth of their peers. 

  • Current first or second-year student [someone who will have completed less than 60 credits at Loyola University Chicago, as of the time of nominations for this award] 
  • Includes Arrupe College students 
  • Must anticipate completing two semesters, or the equivalent, at Loyola University Chicago and completing a minimum of thirty credits at Loyola University Chicago by September 2022. 
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above, as listed in LOCUS. 
  • Nominated by faculty, staff, students, administrators 
  • Self-nominations are prohibited 
  • Limited to one recipient 
  • Selected by Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs Selection Committee 

 
 SDMA Social Justice in Action Award 

This award recognizes a current LUC undergraduate, graduate/professional, or Arrupe College student who has demonstrated leadership in assisting the University in responding to its commitment to diversity. This student has worked to develop a university community that appreciates and respects all facets of diversity. This student’s leadership initiatives are in the forefront of exploring issues regarding diversity and they are actively working to expand their knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice and faith. 

  • Must anticipate completing two semesters, or the equivalent, at Loyola University Chicago and anticipate completing a minimum of thirty credits at Loyola University Chicago by September 2022. 
  • Includes Arrupe College students 
  • Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate, or professional student 
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above. 
  • Nominated by faculty, staff, students, or administrators 
  • Self-nominations are prohibited 
  • Limited to one recipient 
  • Selected by Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs Selection Committee 

 
 SDMA Motivational Member Award 

This award recognizes a member of a registered or sponsored student organization that consistently makes the effort to achieve the goals of their organization. This individual goes beyond the average expectations of an active member to promote unity and diversity. This individual is selfless in their efforts to assist underrepresented students with support and service. 

  • Active member of a registered or sponsored student organization 
  • Must anticipate completing two semesters, or the equivalent, at Loyola University Chicago and anticipate completing a minimum of thirty credits at Loyola University Chicago by September 2022. 
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above, as listed in LOCUS. 
  • Nominated by faculty, staff, students, or administrators 
  • Self-nominations are prohibited 
  • Limited to one recipient 
  • Selected by Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs Selection Committee 
  • This award open to graduate and medical students. 

 
 SDMA Father Arrupe Award 

This award recognizes a graduate or professional that has made an outstanding contribution to their department, to students, and the LUC community. This individual has promoted diversity, equity and inclusion and found an appropriate balance between their educational goals and the desires to help underrepresented population/community succeed. 

  • Must anticipate completing two semesters, or the equivalent, at Loyola University Chicago as a graduate student and anticipate completing a minimum of fifteen credits at Loyola University Chicago by September 2021. 
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above, as listed in LOCUS. 
  • Nominated by faculty, staff, students, administrators 
  • Self-nominations are prohibited 
  • Limited to one recipient 
  • Selected by Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs Selection Committee 

 
 SDMA Community and Solidarity Award 

This award recognizes an active registered or sponsored student organization that has shown exemplary commitment to the University community and has made a great effort to provide underrepresented students with a supplemental source of support. This organization is a role model for any group working with and serving underrepresented students. 

  • Any currently registered or sponsored student organization including graduate/professional orgs. 
  • Nominated by faculty, staff, students, or administrators 
  • Limited to one organization 
  • Self-nominations are prohibited 
  • Selected by Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs Selection Committee 

 

SDMA Transformative Education Award 

This award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated a commitment to student development and has gone beyond their administrative role to address the needs and concerns of underrepresented students. This individual provides students with the opportunities to explore issues regarding diversity, identity development, multicultural education, social justice, and leadership initiatives. This ultimately enhances the retention, matriculation, and success of historically underrepresented students. 

  • Any full-time, part-time, tenure-track or adjunct faculty member is eligible. 
  • UNIV 101 instructors are not eligible 
  • Must have worked at Loyola University Chicago for at least two semesters, or the equivalent, as of January 2021 
  • Includes Arrupe College faculty 
  • Previous award winners are not eligible for selection 
  • Nominated by faculty, staff, students, or administrators 
  • Limited to one recipient 
  • Self-nominations are prohibited 
  • Nomination must be approved by Human Resources 
  • Selected by Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs Selection Committee 

 
 SDMA Lifelong Commitment to Justice Award 

This award recognizes a professional staff member who has shown a strong commitment to student development and has gone beyond their administrative role to address the needs and concerns of underrepresented students. 

  • Any full-time or part-time staff member, including UNIV 101 Instructors 
  • Previous award winners are not eligible for selection 
  • Must have worked at Loyola University Chicago for at least twelve months as of January 1, 2022 
  • Includes Arrupe College staff 
  • Nominated by faculty, staff, students, or administrators 
  • Limited to one recipient 
  • Self-nominations are prohibited 
  • Nomination must be approved by Human Resources 
  • Selected by Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs Selection Committee 

 
 SDMA Set the World on Fire Award 

This award recognizes a Loyola alumnus who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the social justice through their appreciation, connection, and respect for all facets of diversity and active contributions to the betterment of their greater community as an agent of social change. 

  • Nominee must have graduated from Loyola University Chicago 
  • Previous award winners are not eligible for selection 
  • Nominated by LUC and non-LUC community members 
  • Self-nominations are prohibited 
  • Limited to one recipient 
  • Selected by Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs Selection Committee