February 26, 2021

Dear Loyola Community,

Last week, President Jo Ann Rooney announced the creation of the Vice President of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) position. This position will be dedicated to leading and coordinating DEI efforts across every aspect of the University and establishing measurable institutional outcomes for progress that can be monitored and challenged as Loyola pursues broad and sustainable cultural change. I am honored to lead the search committee tasked with filling this integral role as we continue our work to make Loyola University Chicago a more inclusive community.

We will undertake a comprehensive, national search as we seek out the best candidate to lead our University’s DEI work. Throughout the search, I will be providing updates on the process and milestones. Currently, I am in the initial stages of forming the search committee, which I anticipate will have 12-15 members comprised of faculty, staff, students, and alumni. In the coming weeks, the committee will be finalized, and we will begin our work to find the best candidate for this role.

I look forward to regularly sharing next steps on our progress in filling this new role with you throughout this process.


Malik S. Henfield, PhD, Founding Dean of the Institute for Racial Justice
Chair of the Search Committee for the Vice President of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion