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 and our new Gannons on campus, especially after this tumultuous year! Attending school virtually is not easy, and we appreciate the grit and stamina of our Gannon Scholars, who successfully navigated this past academic year.

This has already been another momentous year, with the continuing pandemic, travel and other restrictions, elections, climate issues, voter suppression, and incivility. Our Gannon Scholars face all of these issues, and I’m sure will consider these issues through Gannon, in their classes, and in their volunteer work.

Loyola has worked hard to prepare the campus, faculty, and staff to be able to welcome our students back.  100% of students have either been vaccinated or obtained waivers due to health or other reasons.  Unvaccinated students will test regularly pursuant to Loyola requirements. 

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 and other female leaders.

The Gannon Scholars Program is held in such high regard that over 900 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 for scholarships. 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