Diversity and Inclusion
The Graduate School: Diversity and Inclusion
The Graduate School at Loyola University Chicago believes that students are best served when the university population reflects the larger society. Accordingly, the Graduate School encourages the programs under its jurisdiction to embrace diversity and strive for inclusion. A diverse academic community is characterized by new perspectives and fresh methodological approaches to scientific, humanistic, and social science fields of study. It enhances the pursuit of knowledge and its contribution to our understanding of the world around us. Inclusion values open dialogue, mutual respect, and cultural competence. In harmony with the Jesuit principles of cura personalis (care of the whole person) and homonis pro aliis (people caring for others), inclusion affirms the dignity of all members of the Graduate School community and commits our graduates to put their knowledge, skills, and talents in the service of others.
The Graduate School is committed to:
- Increasing the recruitment of underrepresented students and faculty.
- Advocating for and supporting the interests of all students, including but not limited to historically underrepresented students, LGBTQ students, veterans, and students with disabilities.
- Working with graduate programs to develop and sustain diverse and inclusive academic and social environments.
- Collecting, reviewing, and reporting on the School’s progress in achieving a diverse and inclusive graduate community.
Our goal is to enhance access to post-graduate education and to create a rich environment for intellectual endeavor, creativity, high quality training, first-rate professional credentials, and developing new knowledge. In so doing, our students will be equipped to help address social problems and respond creatively and compassionately to the challenges facing our local, state, national, and global communities.
ACE Master’s Mentors
The Graduate School, in partnership with the Student Success Services TRIO Program ACE (Achieving College Excellence, http://www.luc.edu/ace/) offers fellowships to several Master’s students each year to serve as mentors for undergraduate students enrolled in the program. The Master’s Mentors engage with junior and senior ACE Scholars who have expressed an interest in pursuing post-baccalaureate programs. For more information about this program contact Roy Saldaña, Jr., ACE Project Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the Graduate School’s Assistant Dean for Student Services, Heather Sevener (email@example.com).
The University undocumented student support initiative is led by the Dreamer Committee of Loyola University Chicago. The name of this working group, Dreamer Committee, is to convey the commitment to Undocumented students at Loyola who inspire, strive for more, and achieve excellence. More information can be found at:
Tuition awards are available for qualified undocumented students and competitive programmatic assistantships are available for qualified DACA-eligible students. Contact Associate Dean, Dr. Sue Penckofer (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.