Loyola University Chicago

Student Activities & Greek Affairs (SAGA)

Division of Student Development

Staff: Astrid Beltran

Title: Coordinator for Sorority & Fraternity Life Programming
Office: Student Activities & Greek Affairs, Damen 127
Years with Loyola: Almost 8 months!
Alma Mater: Western Illinois University and the University of Kansas

Most recently, I am coming from the Lone Star state working at Baylor University as a Coordinator for Greek Life in Waco Texas. Prior to that, I received my Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas where I worked with the Sorority & Fraternity Life community. I received my Bachelors of Arts from Western Illinois University, where I fell in love with the student affairs profession.

I try to lend students a helping hand by being an advocate and a resource. My goal is to help them develop into a better person.

My area helps students develop their leadership skills and chapter management skills. My area also reminds students that they’ve joined values-based organizations and how those organizations can enhance the Loyola Experience.

The way that the Jesuit values influence every corner of the institution; the values can be seen in the pride that the students have in their institution and its foundation.

One way I impact students is by meeting the student where they’re at. This usually means getting to know them, seeing how they envision themselves learning and developing, and helping them get to that point.

Creating a world that provides people with basic benefits. A world of true social justice is a world of lasting peace. Social justice is a movement toward a socially just world of human rights and equality.

Saint Ignatius first influenced my life as a young girl, as he is a patron saint of my mother, Ignacia. Through that personal connection, I learned the values of Jesuit education and am reminded to live my life within the four pillars. While working at Loyola, I have been able to learn more of the Jesuit teachings that have influenced my personal life and interactions with students, staff, and faculty.

My favorite spot is on the new West Quad, facing Madonna della Strada chapel. It reminds me of the faith based values of our institution; the view of the lake beyond reminds me of the beautiful city of Chicago.

At the end of the Greek Leadership Retreat, I saw emerging leaders within the community come together as one. It was inspiring to hear what they wanted to do to improve the community and how to empower each other through difficult times.

Stretch your mind in every way! Try new things, meet new people, seek new experiences!