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Press Release - February 3, 2022

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Matthew McDermott  

Loyola University Chicago Participates in National Association of Student Affairs Administrators Program to End Campus Sexual Violence 

Loyola is one of 18 colleges and universities to join sixth cohort of Culture of Respect Collective 

February 3, 2022 — Loyola University Chicago is one of 18 colleges and universities selected to participate in the sixth cohort of the National Association of Student Affairs Administrators (NASPA)’s program entitled the Culture of Respect Collective. This national program is dedicated to ending sexual violence on campuses across the country by guiding institutions on how to use evidence-based best practices in prevention, intervention, and policy work. The Collective is an ambitious two-year program that guides cohort institutions through a rigorous process of self-assessment and targeted organizational change. 

The initiative is organized around six key pillars that outline a holistic framework around sexual violence prevention and response.   

  • Survivor support 
  • Clear policies 
  • Multi-tiered education for the entire campus 
  • Public disclosures of statistics 
  • School-wide mobilization with students, groups, and leaders 
  • Ongoing self-assessment  

Leading Loyola’s participation in the Culture of Respect Collective is Samantha Maher Sheahan, Associate Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the Office of the Dean of Students; Tim Love, Executive Director and Title IX Coordinator for the Office for Equity & Compliance; and Mira Krivoshey, Assistant Director Health Promotion and Sexual Assault Advocate for the Wellness Center. 

“Culture of Respect is an important opportunity to advance this conversation on our campuses,” said Maher Sheahan. “We are partnered with some incredible peer colleges and universities, all of us committed to ending sexual violence nationwide. The program builds on work we have already been doing–and in a way that resonates with our Jesuit, Catholic identity. We look forward to deep reflection and self-examination, followed by meaningful action.” 

Loyola will engage a core campus leadership team of stakeholders from across the University, along with staff, faculty, and students currently engaged in existing prevention and advocacy efforts. Over the next two years, this team will partake in a robust self-assessment process, participate in the creation of an action plan for the institution, and provide support for implementing specific initiatives. 
About Loyola University Chicago  
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 16,600 students. Nearly 11,500 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens), and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 14 schools, colleges, and institutes, including Arup College of Loyola University Chicago, College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School, School of Environmental Sustainability, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, Quinlan School of Business, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Stritch School of Medicine. Ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago. 
About the National Association of Student Affairs Administrators 
NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. NASPA’s work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy, and research for 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. territories.