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 to a new academic year, 2019-2020! This will be another big year for women while we prepare to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution giving most U.S. women the right to vote. We are watching women legislating in Congress, and, of course, watching them on the campaign trail!

Over twenty-six years ago, the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership began as an idea among Loyola’s women leaders and the BVM nuns to extend Mundelein College’s legacy of academics and service after it affiliated with Loyola University Chicago in 1991. 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 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, research Fellowships for Loyola faculty, the Carolyn Farrell Professorship, space and resources for visiting scholars, mentoring programs for undergraduate women students, and summer research grants for graduate students. The Gannon Center also includes the Women and Leadership Archives (WLA), which focuses on the records of women leaders, including those who were affiliated with Mundelein College.

Mundelein Alumnae, don't forget to put September 28 and 29, 2019, on your calendar for our annual Mundelein College and Gannon Reunion! We will celebrate the induction of the Class of 1969 into the Golden Phoenix Society. Please click here to register for the all-alumnae Reunion. Don't forget to remind your fellow alums to come as well! We will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the WLA the evening of September 27, 2019. Feel free to begin your Reunion a day early by visiting Piper Hall that evening.

We're delighted to welcome back our current Scholars after their hectic summer activities, including working, conducting research, and giving back to their communities. Of course we offer a BIG, WARM WELCOME to our ten newest Gannon Scholars. This year we will have our largest roster of Gannon Scholars yet–thirty-seven! Classes began on August 26, 2019, so things are in full swing!

This 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. We 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