As we move through the Listening Session initiative, a series of related communications will be available here for your update.
Greetings Loyola Community,
Loyola University Chicago’s commitment to diversity is woven into our Jesuit identity and our mission as a faith-based institution. Working together in a collaborative spirit, our goal is to foster a welcoming and inclusive campus experience for all members of our University community.
As a follow-up to the Diversity Campus Climate Survey, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (in partnership with the Executive Council on Diversity and Inclusion) hosted a series of Listening Sessions from December 2018 thru March 2019. Participants included faculty, staff, and students. Following this activity, we are pleased to provide you with a status update on the feedback from these sessions and share plans for next steps along this journey.
Approximately 100 participants shared feedback about their diversity, inclusion, and related experiences here at Loyola, along with input on opportunities for additional focus and ideas during 15 Listening Sessions held across our Chicagoland and international campuses. Participants were highly engaged and passionate about these issues, indicating a deep and personal commitment to developing and supporting a diverse, inclusive, and equitable campus climate for all community members here at Loyola.
Overall, feedback centered on opportunities for improvement in the areas of communication, training, programming and services, and representation. Suggestions focused on increased transparency and timeliness regarding University communications, in addition to the need for education and training in the areas of valuing differences, race relations, unconscious bias, and mentoring. Feedback was also provided on the onboarding process to foster healthy, informed, and trustful relationships among community members. Additional feedback focused on the opportunity to incorporate our shared commitment through the integration of marketing materials and image branding related to attracting, recruiting, retaining, and supporting faculty, staff, and students for purposes of diverse representation and inclusion.
Although the summer break is upon us, we do not want to lose sight of the important work ahead. Next steps will include engaging committed and passionate community members at the beginning of the fall semester to build a framework that addresses key improvement areas raised through the Climate Survey process and the Listening Sessions. Please watch for future updates and opportunities to participate in our shared commitment to diversity and inclusion beginning in the fall.
We appreciate the time and energy that you have invested to enhance our campus climate, and we look forward to continuing this journey together.
Winifred L. Williams, PhD
Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer