Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership

Message from the Director

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

Happy Spring! This is a much-appreciated change from our snowy February! It also brings vaccines to many as we all do our best to stop the spread of COVID-19. We have been celebrating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month for the past several weeks. We have much to appreciate, but still have a long way to go until every day is international women’s day.

It’s terrific to see students back on campus – all wearing masks and social distancing. Anyone on campus must regularly be tested for the virus, and antibacterial materials have been placed all around. Spring also brings March Madness for our Rambler teams. Our men’s basketball team has been terrific - Sister Jean’s prayers clearly worked!  

At the Gannon Center, we are celebrating women with many women-related programs. Please go to our Gannon Webpage at https://www.luc.edu/gannon/ and check-out our News column – there is a link to the many events and resources we are co-sponsoring and supporting. We have lined up a plethora of women-related programs hosted by the Chicago Executives Club; 1871; UN Women; GU Institute for Women, Peace, and Security; the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund; the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; and others. Our Women & Leadership Archives has been celebrating “Women in Politics” by posting materials all month related to our Archives collection. 

March is  always a pivotal month for the Gannon Center – by the end of the month we will have selected our ten new Gannon Scholars after intense application review by Sarah Hallett and me, as well as our current Gannon Scholars. We will virtually interview over 40 applicants selected (with difficulty!) from the hundreds of Gannon applications.

Loyola continues to celebrate its 150th Anniversary with programs highlighting Loyola faculty who hold endowed professorships. Loyola is also taking advantage of this COVID time to develop our new Strategic Plan, which will deepen the realization of our Ignatian values and position the University for the future. Former Gannon Center Director Janet Sisler has been critical to the development of this Plan as Vice President, Mission Integration, for Loyola.

We look forward to a Spring full of hope and new beginnings for the Gannon Center, the Gannon Scholars, and all of you!

Gabrielle M. Buckley
Director, Gannon Center for Women and Leadership
“Love is shown more in deeds than in words.” ― Ignatius of Loyola