Loyola University Chicago

New Student Programs

Student Academic Services


New Student Programs consists of two teams, First-Year Experience and Special Populations, to support new students and families as they transition to academic and student life at Loyola. 


Associate Director for the First-Year Experience



Ashley Williams

Associate Director for Special Populations

Ashley, a Chicago native, joined Loyola in 2015. With deep roots in Student Affairs and Higher Education, Ashley brings excitement for working with students, staff, and faculty which makes her new role in New Student Programs a well-suited experience. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University (BA, MA). Prior to Student Academic Services, she worked in Residence Life and Student Housing throughout Illinois and Chicago. She enjoys rich Loyola traditions like Orientation, New Student Convocation, Move-In, Family Weekend, and many more! In her downtime, Ashley enjoys traveling, cooking and exploring Chicago’s food scene. She is raising a future rambler at home but it’ll be a while before he is seen around campus carrying books!



Adam McNeil 

Assistant Director for Orientation

Adam joined the New Student Programs staff in January 2019. Prior to that, he received his M.S. in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University and his Bachelor’s from Northern Illinois University. Adam has been passionate about New Student Orientation and working with students ever since his time at NIU as an Orientation Leader. He has worked with different Orientation programs across the country including Furman University, Rowan University, and most recently, Utah Valley University as the Program Manager. He is extremely excited to be back in his home state and in his free time enjoys cheering for all Chicago sports (Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls) and singing and coaching collegiate a cappella. 


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Mustafa Anwar

Assistant Director for First-Year Initiatives 

Joining the New Student Programs team in May 2022, Mustafa brings both an excitement and passion to work with our new Ramblers. Prior to joining Loyola, Mustafa served in student-affairs roles at the University of Minnesota, Colorado State University, and Dominican University with a focus on residence life, new student orientation, and multicultural student programming. Mustafa earned his bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Marquette University and his master's degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University. An ambitious practitioner-scholar aiming to foster transformative student-centered experiences, Mustafa hopes he can help create a more socially-just world. He is passionate about cura personalis and supporting the "whole" student. He also hopes to continue to learn and develop alongside the students he serves. Outside of work, Mustafa loves to attend concerts & music festivals, play board games, and spend quality time with his friends & family.


Allen Green

Coordinator for Special Populations

Allen was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, but also spent time in the south suburbs and northwest Indiana. He attended Governors State University where he received his BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a double minor in Psychology and Social Work. Allen spent time in middle school education and the non-profit sector, before finding his love of higher education at Loyola. Allen is most excited about supporting students and assisting with their transition to Loyola. He enjoys being a friendly face students can always turn to for help. As a proud Chicagoan, Allen is passionate about Chicago sports and roots for his favorite teams (Bears, Cubs, Bulls, and Blackhawks). If he’s not working or rooting for his sports team Allen can either be found playing with his Golden Retriever, Ivy, or gaming on his Nintendo Switch or Xbox One. Allen loves to talk about all things Disney and Harry Potter, so feel free to stop by and say hello! All muggles are welcome!


Mario Salgado

Administrative Coordinator 

Mario serves as the Administrative Coordinator for First and Second Year Advising and New Student Programs. Prior to joining Loyola, Mario worked for seven years in the Adult Education department for the City Colleges of Chicago. Loyola’s mission, and Mario’s passion for assisting others, is what ultimately drew him to want join Loyola University Chicago.



Lead Peer Advisors (PAs)



Loyola University Chicago Orientation (LUCO) Interns



Pre-Collegiate Summer Scholars Program Assistants