Loyola University Chicago

Neighborhood Initiatives

COVID-19 Initiatives

Community Based Research

Lawyer's Committee on Better Housing: Eviction Data
CURL and Peter Rossenblatt (Sociology) are working with LCBH to examine the impact of unemployment increases on eviction filings in Cook County.
Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL)
Peter Rosenblatt, Gina Spitz, Teresa Neumann
AARP Partnership: Disrupting Disparities: Review of the Literature 
The Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) created a review of literature to conxtualize the disparate impacts of COVID-19 on different racial groups to help provide recommendations for legislative action.  
Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) 
Christine George, David Van Zytveld 

External Local Initiatives

Rogers Park Community Response Team
The Rogers Park Community Response Team is an action-oriented group created by 49th Ward Alerderwoman Maria Hadden in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. They work with community leaders like the Loyola Community Nursing Center.
Alderwoman Hadden, 49th Ward
Leslie Perkins
Alderman Harry Osterman put together a 48th Ward Community Response Team, including local service providers and community organizations, to make daily check-in calls for eldery and homebound members of the community.
Alderman Harry Osterman

Healthcare and Community Health

Neil Klingensmith, an assistant professor in Loyola's Department of Computer Science contributed to efforts to supply PPE for frontline medical workers. Hewas able to produce thousands of face masks, 2,000 were sent to Loyola hospital, 50 to campus safety, and 50 to Erie Family Health Centers.
Computer Science Department
Neil Klingensmith
Loyola's School of Nursing provides resources to local high schoolers through the Loyola School-Based Health Center (SBHC) at Proviso East High School in Maywood, IL. They were able to continue providing vital services to students by moving resources online, and even hosting a Virtual Health Fair.
School of Nursing
Diana Hackbarth
Approximately 65 Stritch Students volunteered to staff the Loyola hospital Coronavirus hotlinem answering anywhere from 350-400 phone calls a day.
Stritch School of Medicine
48th Ward Community Response
Monica Dillon, Loyola's Director of the Community Nursing Center, is temporarily on staff at the 48th Ward Office to organize community response needs.
School of Nursing
Monica Dillon
Loyola University Medical Center operates as a fully functional hospital, treating patients with COVID-19.  
Loyola Medicine 
The Health Justice Project is a Medical-legal partnership clinic, serving over 40,000 low-income patients annually. The clinic continues to serve clients remotely, focusing on access to resources and has even made a resource page on the MLP (Medical-Legal Partnership) Illinois Page.  
School of Law, School of Social Work, School of Public Health 
Kate Mitchell 
Our Maywood medical campus put on a two hour virtual health fair in response to COVID for African-American and Latinx communities. 
Loyola Medicine Community Health and Well-being 
Maureen Pike 

Local School Support

The GEAR UP SAT Prep Program typically provides a weekly SAT Prep course for students of local Chicago high schools. Since in-person classes could no longer be held, the team went hard to work to disseminate study materials to students electronically.
LUC School of Education, School of Education
Mary Charles (mcharle@luc.edu)
Our school based staff supports schools with translation services, grant-writing, program planning, and budgeting. When the schools closed, our resource coordinators supported students by connecting with families to distribute CPS-owned laptops and Chromebooks for remote instruction.
School of Education
Office of Civic Engagement
Mitch Hendrickson
Loyola's Community and Family Services mental health agency serves the mental health needs of children and families of the Rogers Park and Edgewater communities. They've been able to continue those services remotely through phone calls and virtual zoom appointments and have gone further, gathering COVID resources for clients who are recent immigrants and/or undocumented.
School of Social Work
Richard Renfro (rrenfro@luc.edu)
Our Senn High School program offers hands on training for digital journalism. Our program has been able to continue initiatives with student voice work, work on grant proposals to support and extend their work, and develop Senn's journalism program toward becoming an IB Career Programme.
University Wide - project coordinated from Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Jon Schmidt (jschmidt12@luc.edu)

Mental Wellness Support

One Loyola student, Elle Van Grinsven, encouraged friends to keep the faith by painting posters and postcards with inspirational Bible passages to send to her friends.
School of Communication
Elle Van Grinsven
School of Communication students have been volunteering at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. One student, Jillian Musielakj, the technology coordinator for the OWL Lab in the School of Communication, contributed to packing nearly 5,000 emergency food boxes containing over 140,000 meals.
School of Communication
Jillian Musielakj

Small Business Support

The Beyond Crisis Management webinar series was created by Loyola and co-hosted by our Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health and the Quinlan School of Business to provide research based guidance for leaders on how to address the coronavirus crisis and plan for what comes next.
Quinlin and Parkinson
RogersEdge Ramblin' Around E-Guide
The Ramblin’ Around Guide is a business directory connecting first-year and transfer students to the larger business community surrounding Loyola’s Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses. This year we will place free ads for those small businesses surrounding Loyola. The E- guide will be linked to our website and to our RogersEdge partners.
Office of Civic Engagement
Cecilia Rodriguez

Volunteer Work and Donations

Lakeview Pantry Fundraising
Dr. Jeanne Sokolec, Director of the Bachelor of Social Work program, has been fundraising for the Lakeview Pantry during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
School of Social Work
Dr. Jeanne Sokolec
Sana Kadir, a junior at Loyola, started a campaign to distribute food and personal care items to the homeless in Chicago. 
School of Communication
Sana Kadir
The Loyola Community Nursing Center provides local health and nutrition services. The center's dietetic interns created a special immune-system boosting menu, shopping list and recipes and worked with local grocers and the nursing center to create and distribute food bundles.
School of Nursing
Monica Dillon
Joanne Kouba
The PP4H VeggieRx program is a community-based coalition working to provide and promote healthy foods for the Maywood community. During the pandemic, they raised funds and launched an expanded pick-up distribution to meet the emergency food needs of Maywood residents.
Parkinson School of Public Health
Mary Mora
Wellness Calls to Seniors
Steve Holler, Loyola's Assistant General Counsel, coordinated volunteers to make wellness calls to local seniors.
General Counsel
Steve Holler
Grocery shopping for Senior neighbors
Off-campus Loyola students living in nearby apartment buildings reached out to neighbors offering assistance with grocery shopping. One neighbor, Richard McGlynn, reached out to Loyola after students left a heartfelt note under his door offering assistance if needed.