Loyola University Chicago

Student Leadership Development

Division of Student Development

Director's Welcome


Dear Loyola University Chicago community and friends,

Student Leadership Development (SLD) staff members believe everyone has the potential to engage in the leadership process and that each individual has unique talents, ideas, and gifts to contribute.  We understand leadership to be a values-based, inclusive process in which people work collaboratively to accomplish common goals promoting positive social change.

I invite you to connect with SLD so you can benefit from all that our programs have to offer.  We strive to provide students with high-quality, engaging opportunities that will enhance their leadership capacity, help them gain confidence in their abilities as leaders, and develop skills and knowledge that will support their efforts to create positive change in the world.  I hope that involvement with our programs enhances students’ curricular and co-curricular experiences, and has a positive influence on their lives broadly.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me or other members of the SLD team if there is anything we can do to offer support as you continue on your leadership development journey.


Shannon Howes, Ph.D.

Director, Student Leadership Development