Cura, or “care” in Latin, is a key part of the Jesuit vision for higher education. It is most often expressed in the phrase cura personalis, or “care for the whole person,” where a key part of education at Loyola University Chicago means not only communicating ideas to students in the classroom but seeing the educational endeavor as caring for the whole of our students – mind, body, and spirit. The Cura Scholars Program seeks to deliver that whole-person care to a key part of our student community –our students of color who are historically underrepresented at Loyola and most other institutions of higher education. The program will deliver enhanced academic, co-curricular, extracurricular, professional and personal development, financial support, and other services to facilitate academic success to participants.
Cura Scholars has been jointly designed by the Office of Student Academic Services (SAS) and the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL), which have extensive histories of providing similar programming to the general student population. This program, while new, builds on that history and seeks to expand and focus its in much-needed ways.
Students must be in their sophomore/second year in good academic standing and/or have completed at least 30 academic credit hours by the start of the program. The program is a 3-year commitment, except for the first year (academic year 2021-22) where rising juniors and senior will be accepted into the program. Students will be from racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education (as defined by the US Department of Education): African-American/Black, Hispanic, or American Indian/Alaska Native/Pacific Islander.
The Cura Scholars Program will require students to attend seminars each fall and spring semesters for each year of the program and participate in service, fellowship, or research activity. Additionally, scholars will actively participate in a supportive summer program of informal gatherings and small workshops to guide and support their ongoing career development and research activities.
- Building Foundations: Our focus is on building strong academic foundations, robust social capital, skills, and enhanced paraprofessional opportunities for students most in need of coaching and support.
- Funded Research Opportunities: The Cura Scholars program seeks to offer whole-person care to students of color, historically underrepresented. Care will include access to resources meant to support your financial responsibilities while participating in programs that historically require students to engage in unpaid experiences.
- Advising and Mentorship: The Cura Scholars program will offer students the opportunity to connect and learn alongside dedicated faculty. The goal is to create environments that empower student and faculty success while navigating individual leadership development and career confidence.
For more information, please contact Curascholars@luc.edu
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