Loyola University Chicago

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Division of Student Development

Who We Are



Q-Initiatives (QUEST) Staff & Mentors 2020-21


James Thomas

| He/him/his |

| Assistant Director of SDMA |

I'm a 4th Year Rambler and so excited to meet/see you all (again)! In my role, I not only get to work with this amazing team and LGBTQIA+ Initiatives, but also work with B4E (Mxn of Color Initiatives) and advise PRISM & Rainbow Connection! Prior to coming to Loyola, I worked at Illinois Tech in Housing & DePaul in Campus Activities. If you ever want to chat, feel free to reach out or stop by the office!


Lindsey Bustos

| She/her/hers & they/them/theirs |

| Graduate Intern for Q-Initiatives |


I’m a second-year graduate student at Loyola pursuing my M.Ed in Student Affairs and Higher Education. Before coming to Loyola I was living in Los Angeles for a few years and prior to that, I graduated from Colorado State University with my B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Ethnic Studies. Outside of SDMA and school, I enjoy checking out new things to do in Chicago and meeting new people.

C.S. Henderson

| They/them/theirs | 

| Q-Mentor |


I'm a fourth-year student at Loyola, majoring in Film and Digital Media Production and minoring in French. Outside of SDMA I work an internship as part of a podcast production team for a non-profit in Chicago. I'm located in Chicago this school year and in my free time you can find me making rugs, watching horror movies, or baking. I'm looking forward to meeting new people through this position and I can't wait to see what my final year here brings.


Morgan Ransom

| She/her/hers | 

| Q-Mentor |


Hi! I'm currently a junior at Loyola. I'm majoring in Global International Studies with a double minor in Chinese Language and Culture and Business Administration. I am also on the pre-law track and I'm currently studying for the LSAT! Outside of Loyola, I work part-time at Express. In my free time I garden, write short stories and watch cartoons (my favorite is Adventure Time :D). I'm very excited to start this year and meet so many new people! Though the year is different from those past, please do not hesitate to reach out :)


Andie Brown

| They/them/theirs | 

| Q-Mentor |


Hi there! I'm currently a senior at Loyola! I'm majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology and minoring in Women Studies and Gender Studies and Psychology! I'm also generally really excited and so I'm going to use many exclamation points in this!! I have worked as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service for two seasons now and am thrilled to continue on that potential path! I'm living in Roger's Park north of Loyola this year and am always down to socially-distance connect with new people! I'm also obsessed with birds, bird watching, and really anything to do with birds as well as nature things in general! I'm ecstatic to be here and to meet everyone!!


Aliana Capati

| She/Her/Hers | 

| Q-Mentor |

Hello! I’m currently a senior at Loyola that is double-majoring in Secondary Education and English. Education is a large part of my life, and I truly believe that representation plays a crucial role in transformative learning. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my miniature Dachshund name Kimchi and crocheting stuffed animals and clothing. My favorite color is yellow and you can always catch me wearing my yellow Crocs! I’ve held a variety of student-leader positions during my time at Loyola, so feel free to connect with me if you ever have any questions!


Hannah Denaer

| She/Her/Hers | 

| Q-Mentor |

I’m a second-year student at Loyola majoring in secondary education and English! Outside of SDMA, you can find playing music for Loyola’s radio station, writing stories in a coffee shop, or adding more books to my want-to-read list. I’m so excited to connect with new people and build community through this position!


Orion Elrod

| He/him/his & they/them/theirs | 

| Q-Mentor |


I am currently a junior at Loyola. My two majors are Philosophy and English and my minors are Education Policy and Women's Studies Gender Studies. Outside of QUEST, I am the vice president of PRISM, a Provost Fellow working on the Amy Lowell Letter's Project, and a volunteer on the Lili Elbe Digital Archive. If you want to talk books, music, life, or good recipes, let me know. I'm always excited for a good conversation.