Loyola University Chicago

Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI)

Division of Student Development

Loyola University Chicago Empowering Sisterhood (LUCES)


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


*The LUCES community uses the term ‘Womxn’ to be inclusive of all those that identify along the vast spectrum of womanhood regardless of gender presentation or sexual orientation. (i.e., cisgender & 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 a 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!


Students who self-identify with the following backgrounds are eligible to join LUCES:

  • Person of color (i.e., African American/Black, Arab American, Asian/ American, Latino/a/x, Middle Eastern, Native American, Pacific Islander, or Multiracial students)

  • Womxn (i.e., cisgender & transgender women, gender non-conforming individuals, masculine of centered individuals)

  • Priority Deadline: June 16th - Strongly recommended to meet this deadline for fullest consideration.
  • Final Deadline: July 14th 
  • Application: https://tinyurl.com/CDIMentee23  

There is no fee to join the LUCES program. For questions, please email Whitney Kwamin at wkwamin@luc.edu.