Loyola University Chicago

Student Leadership Development

Division of Student Development



Please click on the links to the left to learn more about the various programs offered by the Student Leadership Development team. A brief description of each program follows below:

Be the Change Week
Enjoy a variety of programs in spring semester that challenge our way of thinking, encourage us to be people for others, and engage us in conversations about what it means to “Be the Change” we wish to see in the world. 

Connections for Extraordinary Lives
Monthly dinner dialogues connect students with staff, alumni, and employers to build networks and help students prepare to live extraordinary lives during and after their time at Loyola University Chicago.  

Emerging Leaders Program
ELP is a cohort-based program for students who are newer to leadership and involvement at Loyola.  Meeting every other week for most of the fall semester, a community of students engage in experiential learning activities and conversations about the foundations of leadership, positive social change, and involvement at Loyola. Students earn a certificate of completion.

LEAD for Change: New Student Program
“Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD) for Change” is part of the “Start the Fire” initiative. During a 4-day experience at our retreat center before Welcome Week, students deepen their learning about leadership and grow in self-awareness while making new friends. LEAD takes place from August 22nd - 25th, 2016.

Leadership for Social Change Learning Community
This LC is home to a diverse group of students who share a passion for exploring their personal identities and values, while increasing their capacity to work with others to contribute to positive social change.

The People’s Institute
Co-sponsored by the department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, TPI aims to empower students to explore the interconnection between leadership and social justice.  TPI is designed to raise awareness, examine privilege and responsibility, and teach skills to create positive social change. TPI will take place from February 10th - 12th, 2017.

Student Leadership Institute
SLI is a day-long conference that fosters networking and leadership development for all students.  Breakfast and lunch are provided, and a variety of conference sessions are facilitated.  The SLI takes place on Saturday, October 21st, 2017.

Woke Meals

Woke Meals are a safe space for students to present workshops on a topic that is important to them and correlated to leadership. Join us once a month for a chance to network and converse over leadership challenges.



**The Division of Student Development strives to support the university’s mission by offering programs that foster leadership development, as well as by serving and supporting students as they experience the personal transformations of a Jesuit education. With that in mind, some staff resources have recently been reallocated. As a result, at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year, there will no longer be a stand-alone unit that exists for the sole purpose of coordinating student leadership development programs. Starting in the 2018-2019 academic year, ELP will be housed within SAGA, and The People’s Institute will be housed within SDMA. The Leadership for Social Change Learning Community will continue to be coordinated by ResLife, with Shannon Howes serving as the administrative partner for this program. Students are encouraged to connect with these three programs, as well as with the many additional student leadership development experiences that exist in other areas on campus.**