HumanServicesEDU.org identifies the term cultural competence to describe a set of skills, values and principles that acknowledge, respect and work towards optimal interactions between the individual and the various cultural and ethnic groups that an individual might come in contact with. They describe the key components for a high degree of cultural competency as:

  1. Awareness
  2. Attitude
  3. Knowledge
  4. Skills

There is no ‘finish line’ in the cultural competency journey. Time progresses. Terms and definitions evolve. Points of reference change. Loyola University Chicago is committed to offering a variety of learning and development opportunities as we all strive to raise awareness of our own biases, keep a positive attitude around the cultural competency journey, expand our knowledge of self, as well as other communities and cultures, and increase our skills.


Loyola provides a series of EMERGE in-person training programs and resources. The complimentary courses are designed to to enhance personal and professional development, and are available to faculty and staff members at the Lakeside and Health Sciences campuses.

  • Example: In-person, diversity-related workshops include Appreciating Diversity, Share the Dream: Undocumented Student Ally Training, and Safe Space Training

Learn more about available Emerge courses.


Diverse backgrounds (i.e. cultural experiences) and learning styles have a direct impact on scholarship, culture, and sociological developments among peers in both the classroom and/or workplace. Hoonuit (pronounced: who knew it) offers complimentary on-demand, just-in-time, courses that explore best practices regarding how to support diverse learners in the classroom and workplace. 


  1. Diversity-related courses found in the Instructional Strategies module include topics such as Differentiated Instruction, Helping Students with Learning Disabilities Succeed in the Classroom, Supporting Diverse Learners and more.
  2. Diversity-related courses found in the Professional Responsibilities/Communication module include Communications Between Latino and Majority: Cultural Perspectives for Increased Success, Diversity & Inclusion, Leadership Styles and more.

Share the Dream Undocumented Student Ally Training

The Share the Dream Undocumented Student Ally Training is a 3-hour training designed to inform participants of key terminology as well as federal and state policies impacting undocumented immigrants. This includes reviewing the unique lived experiences of undocumented immigrants and their families within the United States.

The training is facilitated by staff from the Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, and it is one component of an institution-wide effort championed by a committee comprised of Loyola administrators, students, and faculty.

Safe Space Workshops

Safe Space Workshops are introductory sessions that work to assist individuals who wish to support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) community of Loyola University Chicago. 


  • Definitions, terms, and symbols
  • LGBTQIA identity development
  • Skills to interrupt heterosexist and cissexist behaviors and attitudes
  • Resources for the LGBTQIA communities


The University provides complimentary on-demand, just-in-time, Business Skills courses via the Skillsoft learning app. With approximately 200 available courses, we encourage faculty and staff members to utilize the resource to advance personal learning and to develop their teams. 

  • Example: Diversity-related Skillsoft courses include Managing Diversity, Using Communication Strategies to Bridge Cultural Divides, Overcoming Unconscious Bias in the Workplace, Gender and Leadership, Managing Multigenerational Employees, Managing Employee Performance and many more.  

Learn more about available Skillsoft courses. 

Loyola Curriculum

Diversity; Justice; Spirituality and Faith; Engaged Learning
Understanding and promoting diversity is an embedded value of the Core and faculty administrators will continue to engage students in conversations about how best to make progress in this area. Recent events in our community, nation and world underscore the importance of diversity and why it has been a foremost value of Loyola's University Core for decades. Many courses in the Core were specifically designed to highlight this important value.

  • Learn more about diversity and the university’s core curriculum here.

Core diversity courses are designated with a (D) in the course listings for each Knowledge Area so that they can be easily identified (i.e. Theo 297: Introduction to Buddhism (D)).

Literature Resources

Literature Resources
A series of recommended diversity, inclusion, and equity related reading materials are available on the Student for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs website.