Loyola University Chicago

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Division of Student Development

2018-19 LUCES Scholars

Meet the LUCES Scholar Team!

Each year 6 Scholars are selected to serve our community of womxn and people of color through programming, facilitating gatherings, and hosting office hours in SDMAs Resource Room. Each semester the LUCES Scholars will host One-On-Ones during their office hours to discuss current events and hot topics that impact Womxn of Color. Should you have any ideas for these topics, please email us at LUCES.SDMA@GMAIL.COM

Meet Our Scholars

Radiance Cooper



Class Standing: Junior

Majors: Multimedia Journalism and English

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Radiance currently serves as a LUCES Scholar for the 2018-2019 academic year. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Radiance is now double majoring in Multimedia Journalism and English with a creative writing concentration. Radiance currently works as a desk receptionist for the Office of Residence Life as well as a student worker in the Information Commons.

Radiance came to Loyola as a freshman looking to learn more about her identity and find a community while being far away from home. Attending her first LUCES helped kick-start her journey into understanding her identity as a woman of color and also gave her a home away from home. She plans to help womxn of color feel empowered in their identities as well as find and build community. When Radiance is not focusing on her studies or working on different tasks, you can see her enjoying her favorite book, walking around campus or sitting by the lake.

 C. Castillo

Class Standing: Junior

Major: Sociology

Personal Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Castillo currently serves as a LUCES Scholar for the 2018-19 academic year. From the northern suburbs of Chicago, Castillo is presently completing her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology with the hope of applying to graduate school for Higher Education and Student Affairs. Castillo has been attending LUCES events since entering Loyola as a first-year and recognizes the importance of affinity spaces at predominately white institutions. When not focusing on school, Castillo enjoys baking, reading, and watching Netflix.

Filza Ali


Class Standing: Senior

Major(s): Biology

Minor(s): Business

Personal Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Filza is serving as one of the six LUCES Scholars for the 2018-19 academic year. Raised in Chicago, Filza is a Muslim, Pakistani woman. On campus, she is involved in research and volunteers with various Chicago-based organizations. She loves listening to stories and supporting others in the journey to achieve their goals. If you ever want to talk about school, life, faith, or food, reach out to her and join our events to build community in LUCES!