Loyola University Chicago

Diversity and Inclusion at Loyola

Welcome from the Provost

Welcome to Loyola University Chicago’s Diversity and Inclusion website. As a Jesuit, Catholic institution, our community is one of diverse opinions, perspectives, and backgrounds. With education at our core, we foster respectful dialogue to further understanding, learning, and personal growth. With that in mind, we hope this website provides you with valuable resources. Here, you will find services, events, programs, profiles and other stories, and information on our myriad initiatives related to diversity and inclusion. In addition, there is an area to contact us if you have any questions, suggestions, or ideas that would advance our collective goals.

As you navigate the site, you’ll see we are taking action through our five-year strategic plan, “Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World.” Plan 2020 details our commitment to four key institutional priorities: student access and success; faculty development; programs to meet societal needs; and local and global partnerships. Each of the major initiatives in Plan 2020 includes a focus on increasing diversity and inclusion at Loyola. The opening last fall of Arrupe College for local marginalized students, and the launch this spring of a new behavioral health clinic to address the needs of underserved families, are just two examples of the progress we are making toward these important shared goals. For additional information on all of the initiatives being undertaken, I encourage you to visit the strategic planning website.

Under the leadership and guidance of Winifred Williams, PhD, vice president of human resources and chief diversity and inclusion officer, we have also created an executive council on diversity, which includes faculty, staff, students, and administrators who are committed to evaluating and increasing efforts across our campuses to make Loyola a more diverse and inclusive community. Members of this council are a great resource and they welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions.

I believe we are making significant progress toward our shared goals, in large part because of the active and sustained commitment of Loyolans who are helping us chart a path to help us reach the important goals we have set for ourselves. Thank you for your contributions to these important efforts. Together, we can create positive change on campus, in Chicago, and beyond.


John P. Pelissero, PhD