Loyola University Chicago

Diversity and Inclusion at Loyola

Diversity at a glance 2016-17

Loyola is committed to enhancing programming and resources to recruit, mentor, and support a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff that reflects the community we live in and our global society. The Executive Council on Diversity and Inclusion, led by Winifred Williams, PhD, vice president of human resources and chief diversity and inclusion officer, has been championing several initiatives to support Loyola’s five-year strategic plan, “Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World,” as well as addressing findings from the University’s last faculty and staff engagement survey (conducted in 2015).

Below are key findings from the University’s most recent Annual Report on Diversity (Click here to read the full report.) New in this report is an update from the provost’s office on progress related to faculty development and additional diverse core course offerings. The University compares favorably to many of its peers when it comes to campus diversity and we are making significant progress toward our shared goals. Although much progress has been made, we realize that continued improvement requires sustained attention. We remain dedicated to creating a culture of excellence and inclusivity.

* Two or more races; Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander; Native American
Note: Peer comparisons include data from 19 private, urban institutions that are similar to Loyola. The complete list of peer universities can be found in the Annual Report on Diversity. Due to rounding, numbers may not add to 100 percent.

The changing face of new students

Since 2010, Loyola has enrolled an increasingly diverse student body. Last year, more than 38 percent of new freshmen and new transfer students were minorities—a slightly higher percentage than Loyola’s peers.

Graduation rates for minorities

Loyola’s six-year graduation rates for Hispanic and African American students have increased since 2010. Both groups still trail the overall graduation rate—a gap that the University is working hard to close.