Loyola University Chicago

Office of the Dean of Students

Division of Student Development

Message from the Dean

June 1, 2020

Dear students,

I continue to process the violent death of George Floyd while in police custody as well as the multiple deaths preceding this incident. Although this tragedy impacts the Loyola community at large, it is important to recognize that, for some, the pain and anger runs proportionately deeper. My heart goes out to Black/African American communities who have suffered another loss at the hands of police brutality. During these challenging times, know that Loyola will continue to provide care and support to all students affected by this tragedy.

This is a time to hold true to our Jesuit values in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith. The Division of Student Development (DSD), led by the department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (SDMA), is addressing student concerns as they come forward. SDMA is hosting events that are designed to be a safe space for Black and African American community members to process. It is also hosting a space for allies who are looking to process and learn more about anti-racist and racial justice frameworks. Together, we can help build a stronger, more inclusive environment for all students.

  • For Affinity Spaces, join the Black Ramblers Community Circle: Wednesday, June 3, 3:30-5:30 p.m. CDT. Given that this is a closed space for Black/African American students, staff, and faculty please email diversity@LUC.edu to receive the virtual meeting ID and password.
  • For Allyship development, tools, and resources, attend "Confronting Racism: Aspiring Allyship and Anti-Racist Frameworks": Friday, June 5, 3:30-5:00 p.m. CDT. This event is open to all Ramblers, particularly allies and concerned members of the community. Visit SDMA's website for specific details.
  • For Wellness support, please click here to schedule an appointment with a Wellness Center counselor.
  • For Personal Concerns, submit a CARE referral to the Center for Student Assistance and Advocacy (CSAA) website, and a staff member from the Office of the Dean of Students will respond.

Please know that the learning does not stop here; there is much work to be done. Over the coming weeks, you will see that the areas that fall under my management will continue to provide resources and spaces for you to process and learn. As the new academic year begins, there will be more opportunities to engage in critical hope. I ask that all students be kind with yourselves—and extend care and support to others.


William Rodriguez, PhD
Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students