Loyola University Chicago

Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI)

Division of Student Development

Leadership Development


“Leadership involves living in a state of possibility, making a commitment to a vision, developing relationships to move vision into action, and sustaining a high level of integrity. Effective leadership takes place in the context of a community and results in a more equitable society.”- LeaderShape


Leadership Looks Different Here

Preparing students to lead extraordinary lives.


‌The Center for Diversity and Inclusion office offers a unique leadership development experience for students. Rooted in the foundation of Jesuit values and the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm, we prepare students to lead from an ethical compass, working towards the common good and a collective vision and imagination of a better world.


Our lives are impacted by catastrophic social oppression and systemic inequities and addressing that is paramount to preparing our students for the world. We believe that leadership is a moral obligation to advancing justice. Therefore, acknowledging social and political contexts of how power, privilege and oppression intersect with leadership is critical and at the core of our educational approach. Utilizing historical and contemporary contexts, leadership frameworks will be grounded in the following principles: rooted in values and principles, shaped by personal identities and social location, a commitment to the collective and in relationship to one another, and exist within a model of possibility.


By participating in our programs, students will develop an understanding of socially conscious leadership, enhance important critical thinking skills and strengthen their capacity for self-efficacy and personal responsibility.