Race, Culture, and Health Equity Lab

The Race, Culture, and Health Equity Lab is directed by Krolikowski Endowed Chair, Dr. Matt Miller. The lab is focused on the application of counseling psychology science and practice, local community engagement, and social media to address racism at individual and systemic levels.


The School of Education at Loyola University Chicago has been an active partner in the GEAR UP network for nine years. As a founding partner in the GEAR UP network, Loyola's School of Education has actively participated for nineteen years. Programs include direct services to students, parent programs, and professional development for CPS faculty.

Loyola’s GEAR UP network leads professional development efforts for the Chicago GEAR UP Alliance in the area of mathematics, participating in annual conference design and implementation, curriculum development, and onsite professional development in area schools. Loyola’s GU network also coordinates a number of direct outreach projects with CPS high-need high schools by hiring and training nearly 50 Loyola undergrads to work weekly as “academic coaches” with small groups of students in those designated schools.

One GEAR UP initiative is MathFLIX, a series of short professional education videos for teachers and teaching students to learn and review math concepts. For more information, see mathflix.luc.edu.

For more information on GEAR UP at Loyola or becoming an academic coach, contact Mary Charles at 773.508.8383 or email at mcharle@luc.edu.

Academic Coaching

Academic Coaching is a hybrid tutoring and mentoring combination that pairs high achieving (3.0 GPA) and professionally trained college students with at-risk students in underperforming urban high schools for regularly scheduled support. Learn more about this initiative as a GEAR UP partner university. 

LUC-Noyce Scholars program

The LUC-Noyce Scholars program, funded by the National Science Foundation (1660794), addresses the critical need for recruiting, preparing, and retaining highly effective secondary mathematics and science teachers for Chicago and other high-need school districts across the country. Project research initiatives aim to develop, study and contribute to understandings about best practices in teacher education and professional development marked by diversity, equity, and inclusion