Loyola University Chicago

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Division of Student Development

Loyola University Chicago Empowering Sisterhood (LUCES)

LUCES Mission, Vision, and Contact Information



LUCES is an intergenerational and intersectional community that serves undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, and alumni of Loyola University Chicago to support our experiences as self-identified Womxn and People of Color (W/POC), including Trans* and gender non-conforming individuals, at a predominately White institution. This includes cisgender, transgender, and masculine of center (MOC) womxn of color, regardless of gender presentation or sexual orientation. 

LUCES provides a space for W/POC to cultivate Solidarity, Scholarship, and Leadership with a focus on thriving, vulnerability, and a sense of belonging. Through life-long relationships and gatherings, we focus on mentorship, advocacy, academic success, identity development, and celebrating the diverse influences that shape our lives.

  • LUCES will build SOLIDARITY by creating a community of support through dialogue, political action, validation, a celebration of life experiences, and collaboration across individual members and allies.
  • LUCES will build SCHOLARSHIP through empowering women to embrace their academic and personal potential inside and outside of the classroom through mentorship from staff, faculty, returning students, and alumni.
  • LUCES will build LEADERSHIP by creating opportunities for W/POC to enhance their leadership potential through service, advocacy, and professional development.

Connect with LUCES Today!

Our community of amazing womxn at Loyola has created a vibrant online community via Facebook.  Please join the LUCES Facebook page to post videos and articles, discuss your perspective on current events, or shout out your LUCES family! Additionally, join LUCES on OrgSync by clicking here. Finally, subscribe to our monthly newsletter and stay informed about our upcoming programs, community resources, and social events by clicking here
For more information about LUCES, contact Whitney Kwamin, Program Coordinator for Womxn's Initiatives & Community Outreach at wkwamin@luc.edu.