Loyola University Chicago

Student Leadership Development

Division of Student Development

Connections for Extraordinary Lives

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What is the "Connections for Extraordinary Lives" Program?

SLD coordinates free catered dinner events to provide opportunities for students to network with staff, faculty, alumni, employers, and other students. Each event focuses on engagement opportunities that will help students to take the "next step" in their journeys by building knowledge, skills, and relationships to support them as they prepare to live extraordinary lives making a positive difference in the world. Our goal is to help students connect with people, ideas, and experiences that will help them become even more outstanding candidates for jobs, internships, graduate school, and whatever else they choose to pursue during their time at Loyola University Chicago, and after graduation. If you have questions or comments, please contact Shannon Howes at showes1@luc.edu.

Networks of Mentorship

Thursday February 8th from 5:00 - 6:30pm in Damen MPR
People may need different types of mentors at different times, and for different purposes, such as for inspiration and support. Hear from the Career Development Center, alumni, and staff/faculty mentors for Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs programs while enjoying a fabulous catered dinner. Gain tips and tools​ to help you establish a network of mentors with whom you can form mutually beneficial relationships that will support your academic and professional journeys. 
Fighting Burnout
Tuesday February 27th from 5:00 - 6:30pm in Damen MPR
Burnout is real. What can we do to help prevent or reduce it? Talk with staff and students to gain tips and tools to help you stay well and effectively manage time when schedules are full. Balancing busy lives takes work, but it doesn't need to mean self-sacrifice. Connect with representatives from the Wellness Center, the Dean of Students' office, Campus Ministry, Campus Recreation, and the Office of Conduct & Conflict Mediation while enjoyed a terrific catered meal.
Purpose and Pathways
There can be a lot of pressure on us to figure out what our passions are, what we want to do with our lives, and how we will make a difference in the world. It is not uncommon to have questions, change one's mind, and to pursue different paths over time. Connect with individuals in a variety of fields, as well as staff from the Career Development Center, First & Second Year Advising, the Baumhart Center Social Enterprise and Responsibility, and Alumni Relations to explore possible professional and personal paths to pursue as you create the future.


**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.**