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Loyola University Chicago Empowering Sisterhood (LUCES)

LUCES is an intergenerational and intersectional community that centers undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, and alumni of Loyola University Chicago to support the experiences of Womxn* and People of Color (W/POC) at a predominately White institution (PWI). Transfer students are eligible and encouraged to join the LUCES community. This space is open to all Ramblers.


*The LUCES community uses the term ‘Womxn’ to be inclusive of all those who identify along the vast spectrum of womanhood regardless of gender presentation or sexual orientation. (i.e., cisgender and transgender women, gender non-conforming individuals, masculine of centered individuals)

LUCES Mentees will have the opportunity to:
  • Be matched with a peer mentor and staff or faculty mentor throughout their first year at Loyola. All mentors are past mentees of LUCES and/or staff and faculty with significant institutional knowledge and understanding of resources.
  • Engage in 1:1 monthly meetings with their mentors to build community and identify supports and resources, and engage in identity development.
  • Participate in monthly engagements with the LUCES community centering identity development, social justice-based dialogues, resources, and supports, as well as topics of interest related to the student experience.
  • Attend the annual overnight off-campus LUCES Retreat.
  • Be eligible to participate in the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program in the spring semester and engage in activities to enhance transformative leadership skills.
  • Be a part of the greater CDI community!

Apply to be a Mentee

If you are interested in applying to LUCES or another CDI mentorship program please follow this link: www.tinyurl.com/CDIMentee24

Priority Deadline: June 17th, 2024
Final Deadline: July 15th, 2024

Open to all Ramblers

We seek applicants who are interested in and committed to the LUCES community, regardless of their gender or racial identity.

There is no fee to join the LUCES program. For questions, please email Ericka Garcia at egarcia11@luc.edu.