Loyola University Chicago

Community Service & Action

Division of Student Development

Education & Advocacy

To encourage responsible and faithful citizenship, the CSA helps students to gain knowledge and respond to injustice. Follow the links below to learn more. 

Summer Social Justice Dialogue Group

Are you looking for something meaningful to do over the summer while social distancing? Are you missing discussions about social justice with your friends at Loyola? Join Community Service and Action virtually for the Summer Social Justice Dialogue Group! In this program you will meet with a small group (around 8) of other students to discuss various social justice topics (ex. mass incarceration, humane migration etc.) and to build community. We will focus on four things during the summer:

  • Building Community
  • Working Toward Social Justice (with a focus on listening to voices from various communities)
  • Improving Civil Discourse Skills
  • Creating a Plan for Justice

This is a great opportunity to stay connected and active over the summer! We will meet for 90 minutes every other week for a total of six sessions throughout the summer starting the week of May 25th. Additionally, you will spend about one hour preparing for each session.  This program requires a commitment because your group will be counting on your input in discussion.

The group will end with each person creating a “Passion Project” plan (included in time estimates) that will ask you to name a social justice issue you care about and create a personal action plan for positively impacting that issue.  

Applications have now closed.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Hannah at hsternig@luc.edu

In spring 2019, the Office of Community Service and Action Office made the decision to end the Hunger Week program at Loyola. This decision was made after careful consideration of the office’s programs, shifting resources (particularly the loss of the graduate assistant position for the CSA after the 2018-2019 school year), and the current needs of the campus community. Hunger Week promoted advocacy for change and a commitment to justice. While this particular expression of these values is ending, the spirit of Hunger Week will live on in CSA programs. Please be on the lookout for some new advocacy projects that the CSA will be rolling out next year; more information will be available in the fall!

As a continuation of the IFTJ, Ignatian Family Advocacy Month (IFAM) brings the education, prayer, and advocacy of the Teach-In back to campus. Each spring, IFAM encourages members of the Loyola community to address specific justice issues as it resonates with our community.

IFAM is an effort of the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN). Learn more about ISN and Ignatian Family Advocacy Month.

The annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) gathers members of the Ignatian Family (Jesuit schools, parishes, social ministries) in solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate in the context of social justice. Keynote and student speakers address issues such as:

  • Mass incarceration
  • Racial Justice
  • Domestic Poverty
  • Worker's Rights
  • Humane Immigration Reform
  • Sustainable Environmental Practices

Gather in Washington, D.C., with fellow faithful citizens seeking to make real change in our world. The IFTJ is sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network.

See the site for more details, including the application.
Contact serve@luc.edu with questions.

The CSA supports Loyola's Service and Faith Learning Community (SFLC). The Service and Faith Learning Community provides a holistic encounter with the Jesuit values or service and faith for a small community of first-year students. Students in the SFLC live together in one of Loyola's residence halls, take a couple of courses together, and engage in out of the classroom program and activities.

Click to read more about our Service and Faith Learning Community.

For more information about Loyola's Service and Faith Learning Community, contact CSA or visit the Residence Life Learning Community website.