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! The campus is in full swing, with students, faculty and staff here and available to all of our students. 

Our Gannon Scholars’ interests and curricula are so wide and varied! They have declared over 20 different majors, ranging from Anthropology to Women’s Studies. We have met for our first Gannon Scholar meeting for this academic year, and students are renewing friendships and welcoming our newest Gannons. 

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

Loyola has worked hard to prepare the campus, faculty, and staff to be able to welcome our students back in person. 100% of students have either been vaccinated or obtained waivers due to health or other reasons. Mask requirements have been relaxed, although faculty members may require masks in their classrooms. 

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 students as well.

The Gannon Center also includes the Women and Leadership Archives (WLA), which focuses on the records of women leaders, including those affiliated with the Gannon Center’s predecessor, Mundelein College, and other female leaders. Work is underway on the Mundelein at 90 project funded by the Illinois History Digital Imaging Grant. The Mundelein at 90 digitization project aims to digitize and provide online access through the Illinois Digital Archives to unique historical records from Mundelein College.

The Gannon Scholars Program is held in such high regard that over 900 applicants applied for our 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 interesting 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