Loyola University Chicago

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Division of Student Development

Student Leadership Opportunities

Empowerment Pipeline Advocates

Empowerment Pipeline is a student created and student ran program designed to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by empowering high school youth to direct their own paths towards higher education and improve their social mobility. Each year 6–8 Advocates are selected from the Multicultural Learning Community to lead and host visiting high school students through out the academic year.

Through Leadership Engagement and Training all Advocates will

Serve as a Mentor and Role model

  • Act as role models that students can identify with on various aspects of identity and experience
  • Provide opportunities for youth to explore their interests in pursuing higher education
  • Organize a series of workshops and activities to support visiting students Overnight Experience and/or Campus Visit

Analyze the school to prison pipeline within the Chicago Public School (CPS) system

  • Build awareness of obstacles and challenges underrepresented (first-generation students, students of low socio-economic status, students of color, LGBTQIA students) students face accessing college
  • Build awareness of obstacles to retaining underrepresented college students

Develop identity-based empowerment and solidarity among youth

  • Provide opportunities for youth to build an awareness of their multiple identities
  • Provide opportunities for the students to connect, across difference, around their shared motivation to explore higher education
  • Provide opportunities for the students to talk about how their identities are relevant to college fit, retention, and success

How to become an Advocate for 2017-2018

Advocate Role

  • 6–8 Advocates are selected to lead this program
  • Will facilitate signature works shops for both Overnight Program and campus visits
  • Help recruit additional hosts for the Overnight Experience

Advocate Expectations

  • Must complete a brief application of interest by Monday, September 25, 2017 before 12noon. Details and link to application is forthcoming. Please re-visit the page closer to August to access the application.
  • Must be a current or past resident of the Multicultural Learning Community
  • Required to attend all trainings and workshops in preparation of programs

Multicultural LC in DeNobli Residence Hall

  • Hosts 30 high school students participating in the overnight program (takes place on March 17-18, 2018)
  • All Advocates are selected from this Learning Community
  • All Loyola student volunteers are selected from this learning community