Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership

Message from the Director

Greetings from the Director of the Gannon Center: Gabrielle M. Buckley 

Welcome! We’re so glad to have our Gannon Scholars back! I wish that we were all back in person, but due to COVID-19 we are now studying and working “virtually.” We continue to meet with all of the Gannon Scholars virtually each Monday evening, as we do in person during “normal” times. Attending school virtually is not easy, and we appreciate the grit and stamina of our Gannon Scholars. The change of seasons is welcomed by many students, as it makes us all feel that we are really “back in school.”

This has already been a tumultuous year, from COVID-19 to ensuring that all appreciate that Black Lives Matter. From commemoration of the 19th Amendment and acknowledgment of how far women still have to go; to access to voting and very important elections. Our Gannon Scholars are addressing these issues through Gannon, in their classes, and in their volunteer work. 

We celebrated the Mundelein College/Gannon Scholar Reunion via Zoom on September 19, 2020. The silver lining of Zoom events is that we had attendees from all around the world! All had the chance to see other online, renew friendships, and obtain updated contact information. The Reunion, Reunion video, and photographs from the Women & Leadership Archives are available on our website at https://luc.edu/gannon. Please feel free to view the action and send in your updated information. Our Women & Leadership Archives is deeply involved in a “Tell Your Story” project, which seeks out Mundelein alumnae to simply tell their stories about their lives at Mundelein. Go to https://luc.edu/wla for more information - we want to hear your stories!

Unfortunately, this summer we lost Sister Carolyn Farrell, BVM, founder of the Gannon Center. Sister Carolyn negotiated with Loyola during the affiliation discussions in 1991 to ensure that the legacy of Mundelein College was continued and that the contributions of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary were recognized and appreciated. Named for Sister Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, the longest-serving president of Mundelein and a pioneer in women’s education and leadership, the Gannon Center supports scholarships, cutting-edge programs, research, and events that celebrate, encourage, support, and grow the leadership potential of women. The Gannon Center is one of Loyola's five Centers of Excellence and is proud to be included amongst the University's Research Centers. 

As many of you know, the Center includes our four-year Gannon Scholars Program, Faculty Research Fellowships for Loyola faculty, the Carolyn Farrell Professorship, resources for visiting scholars, mentoring programs for undergraduate women students, and research grants for STEM students. The Gannon Center also includes the Women and Leadership Archives (WLA), which focuses on the records of women leaders, including those affiliated with Mundelein College.

The Gannon Scholars Program is held in such high regard that over 1500 applicants applied for our eight-ten Gannon Scholar openings. Although we would love to increase the number of Gannon Scholars we can accept, our current goal is to increase the amount of scholarship funds we provide to equal 50% of their tuition needs first.

The diverse array of Gannon Center scholarships, research, and programming is made possible by the loyalty of Mundelein, Loyola, and Gannon alumni and friends, whose generous gifts established and continue to add to the Center's endowment fund. We welcome your suggestions and questions, and look forward to your support as we strengthen and expand the Gannon Center’s capabilities and outreach. Together we will move forward through these difficult times and continue to prepare women to lead extraordinary lives!

Gabrielle M. Buckley 

Director, Gannon Center for Women and Leadership 

“Love is shown more in deeds than in words.” ― Ignatius of Loyola