Loyola University Chicago

Residence Life

Statement of Action

Over the past few weeks, many of us have seen calls to action from various communities, of which we are a part, in support of Black Lives Matter. We want to acknowledge that the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Robert Fuller, Malcolm Harsch, Riah Milton, Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, Rayshard Brooks, and many more deaths of Black individuals further confirm that racism frustrates, angers, and hurts us and others affected by these acts of police brutality and systemic oppression. Residence Life at Loyola University Chicago is committed to being part of the change as we seek to address systemic racism. In Residence Life, we believe that all lives cannot matter until Black Lives Matter.
 
  • Consistent with our Jesuit values, we will actively identify structures, policies, procedures, and practices to reflect our commitment to anti-racism.
  • Residence Life commits to review and redefine our campus and community partner relationships to ensure they are reflective of our goals, and in alignment with our values. We want to ensure that our policies, resources, safety, and security are the top priority.
  • We will educate ourselves and our teams to ensure we continue to learn and support the experiences of Black residents and Black staff. We are also sharing our willingness to discuss, explore, and change when we fall short.
  • Our ongoing training of student leaders and professional staff will reflect our values on anti-racism work, allyship, as well as navigating and negotiating difficult, but necessary conversations.
  • In collaboration with student leaders and staff, we plan a fall review and update of our departmental Diversity statement, to ensure it bests represents our commitment to justice and the dismantling of racial oppression and White supremacy.
  • With the assistance of student leaders, we will prioritize racial equity and systemic change as we revise our Residential Curriculum.

As we continue to update and revise our practices, we will make sure they are transparent and well-communicated. We are committed to the work.

Deb Schmidt-Rogers
Assistant Vice President/Director of Residence Life
 
Tiffany Gonzales
Associate Director, Residence Life
 
Jennifer O’Brien
Associate Director, Residence Life