Loyola’s community engagement works with internal and external partners to address areas of mutual concern for neighbors, students, and other members of the Loyola community, including but not limited to: public safety, K-12 schools, health equities, and environmental sustainability.
Community Engagement and Business Engagement together establish Loyola’s role as an Anchor Institution for the greater Chicagoland area.
Recent neighbor reaction to crime in Rogers Park and Edgewater suggests a deep dissatisfaction with traditional community anti-crime initiatives. The Office of Civic Engagement will partner with Safe Communities America, local aldermen, residents, the Chicago Police Department, Loyola Campus Safety, and Student Development to find new models for community-engaged public safety.
The Office of Civic Engagement will continue to partner with the Office of the Provost and the School of Education in supporting area K-12 schools, including collaborations with Athletics and Loyola Limited. Civic Engagement will help to facilitate Loyola’s co-curricular partnerships and collaborations in particular.
Civic Engagement works closely with the Health Sciences Division (HSD) and other university departments to address health equities, forging connections on behalf of programs such as the School of Nursing’s Community Health Clinic. Civic Engagement will continue to work with HSD to develop a community health needs assessment, and will create a community health advisory board.
Loyola’s Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) conducts extensive urban and community research. Civic Engagement will work with CURL and the Advancement Division to identify areas where Loyola’s community-based research, conducted by faculty from across the university, can be targeted and focused for maximum impact.
This area of the Office of Civic Engagement will also work closely with and see to add value to the work of other departments (e.g., the Center for Experiential Learning, the Center for Environmental Sustainability, and Ministry) to connect students with community and civic needs and opportunities, such as local, community, and public sector internships, and community service projects.
Civic Engagement also will work with Human Resources and other units to identify staff and faculty who may wish to volunteer/support community organizations. Similarly, the Office will inventory, assess, and coordinate Loyola’s in-kind and cash donations to community and civic organizations.
Community Engagement will recreate a Lakeside Community Advisory Board of neighbors and community organizations.