Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Here you will find information on recruitment, funding and other support, service, and community opportunities available to our students. The Graduate School (TGS) collaborates with a variety of campus partners to help address the needs of the graduate student community.

The Graduate School is committed to the recruitment and retention of students who reflect the diversity of the local and global communities it serves. The Graduate School works with our graduate programs and with the Office of Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management to sponsor and participate in various national networks, recruitment events, conferences, and associations that foster diversity and inclusion at the graduate level.


These initiatives include: 



Samuel A. Attoh Graduate Diversity Fellowship

Created in honor of Samuel A. Attoh, former Dean of The Graduate School, these fellowships are awarded to incoming graduate students nominated by their department. The fellowship provides stipend and scholarship support over nine months and a $500 annual professional development stipend. It is renewable as long as the recipient remains in good academic standing (up to 5 years for PhD students and up to 2 years for master's degree students). Awardees are expected to engage in the graduate community and are strongly encouraged to participate in initiatives and programs enhancing diversity and inclusion on and off campus. Contact The Graduate School at gradschool@luc.edu for more information. 


Samuel A. Attoh Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Students may be nominated or self-nominated to receive this award. Only students who are enrolled in programs in the Graduate School at Loyola University Chicago and are in good standing are eligible for this award. For the individual award, students must be engaged in diversity activities during their time as a graduate student, and will be judged on the following criteria:


  • Experience as an unpaid volunteer or intern in organizations that serve issues surrounding diversity and inclusion (race, LGBTQ, disability, etc.)
  • Activism to address diversity issues, including oppression, injustices, or political issues
  • Organizing and participating in diversity/inclusion events
  • Involvement in research that addresses diversity and/or inclusion issues

Click here for more information on this award and how to apply. 


Preparing Your Career

Information on professional development resources, including workshops hosted by The Graduate School for students interested in academic careers and non-academic careers, can be found on The Graduate School's Preparing Your Career page. 


National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

Loyola has a membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, which is a treasure trove of useful information and support for those seeking to make a career in the academy. Simply click join and pick Loyola University Chicago from the list of member institutions to get started.


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 (rsaldana@luc.edu) and the Graduate School’s Assistant Dean for Student Services, Heather Sevener (hsevene@luc.edu).

The Graduate School welcomes students who have DACA status, are undocumented, or have undocumented family members to our diverse educational community.  Loyola's 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 program assistantships are available for qualified DACA-eligible students. Contact The Graduate School at gradschool@luc.edu for more information.


Student Groups

The Graduate School fosters an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our students. We encourage graduate students to engage with and benefit from the wide range of opportunities offered for diversity programming, professional development, academic support, and cultural and social engagement offered by student groups. 


Loyola offers over 400 undergraduate and graduate student organizations for students’ academic, service, and social interests. These include many groups based around culture and diversity, such as the Black Cultural Center, PRISM and Women in Science and Math. You can find a comprehensive list of Loyola’s official student groups here and also note the following: 


Community Groups & Resources


  • Q-Grads is an initiative aimed to connect our graduate, professional, and adult students to the LGBTQIA resources provided by SDMA and Loyola.
  • The Office of Graduate, Professional, and Adult Student Life (GPASL) hosts a variety of community events aimed at sparking dialogue, nurturing a positive campus climate, and connecting graduate, professional, and adult students around issues of diversity, access, and inclusiveness.
  • The Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs (SDMA) in the Office of Student Development fosters the success and community building of historically under-represented student populations through mentorship, multicultural education, academic support, and celebration of our unique shared experiences.