Loyola University Chicago

Diversity and Inclusion at Loyola

Diversity at a glance 2017-18

Annually, Loyola University Chicago analyzes and reports on the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students in order to ensure that the University is succeeding in its mission to serve as a diverse community seeking God in all things and working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity.

Over the past decade, we have worked consistently and collaboratively to create learning communities that reflect the rich diversity of our global society. This includes implementing a vast array of enhanced programming, activities, and resources that are designed to recruit, mentor, coach, and support Loyola members representing diverse communities (i.e. race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, etc.). Since 2014, the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Winifred Williams, PhD, has guided a number of Loyola’s campus-wide efforts designed to showcase how differing ideas and experiences spark creativity, innovation, and growth. Subsequently, various steps are taken to create and foster a welcoming campus community that inspires the recognition for our need to better understand who we are through sharing stories about our unique differences, personal development, and professional practices. These opportunities create pathways for building and fostering healthy living, learning, and functioning communities. It is the very essence of celebrating difference and engaging diverse populations that illuminates Loyola’s commitment to creating welcoming and inclusive diversity experiences at the University.

In addition, under Dr. Williams’ leadership, diversity and inclusion practices have brought representatives of Loyola’s community together to promote diversity through the University’s Executive Council on Diversity and Inclusion. The Council—a group of faculty, staff, and student representatives from across the University—is currently championing several diversity initiatives to support the strategic objectives outlined in Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World.

These efforts represent several initiatives that have helped to change the face of our academic community as the percentage of minority faculty, staff, and students increased from 25.6 percent in 2008 to 36.2 percent in 2017.

Learn more about the expansion of diversity at Loyola University Chicago in our 2017–18 Annual Report on Diversity‌. Read the full report here.

The report, which contains 40 tables of data, supports the conclusion that Loyola is a highly diverse university in terms of minorities and women—near or exceeding most benchmark comparisons. The most significant change highlighted in this year’s report is the steady, progressive movement towards greater diversity in all areas—faculty, students, and staff. In 2017, more than a third (36.2 percent) of Loyola community members identify as minority, and nearly two-thirds (64.1 percent) were women—compared with respective peer institution benchmarks of 33.3 percent for minorities and 55.8 percent for women.

Although much progress has been made, the Diversity Report identifies areas where more work is needed. We realize that continued improvement requires sustained attention. Accordingly, Loyola remains dedicated to creating and fostering a culture of excellence, respect, and inclusivity via knowledge sharing and transformational development.

See key findings from the report below.

A Decade of Growing Diversity

Over the past decade, Loyola’s learning community of faculty, staff, and students has become increasingly diverse.

Minorities (faculty, staff, and students combined)

2008:  25.6%

2017:  36.2%

A Diversifying Student Population

Since 2008, Loyola has enrolled an increasingly diverse student body. Last year, 40 percent of our students—and more than 38 percent of our new and transfer students—represent historically underrepresented populations.

Minority Graduation Rates

Over the past decade, graduation rates for minority students have steadily climbed. Six-year minority graduation rates still trail behind our overall graduation rate—a gap that the University is working hard to close.


The Changing Face of Faculty

Loyola’s overall faculty diversity has increased by 53.2 percent over the past decade, but still trails slightly the University’s peer institutions.

* 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.