Loyola University Chicago

Department of Sociology

Goals for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging


  1. Our department aims to be a space where faculty and students from different social backgrounds (based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexuality, disability, political orientation, and documentation status) grow and empower themselves as individuals through the development of academic, analytic, and leadership skills.
  2. We underscore diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging as priorities in our academic and pedagogical endeavors, including but not limited to teaching, mentoring, and curriculum development. In addition, we enhance awareness of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging through our research and intellectual production.
  3. As a department, we are unwavering in our commitment to attracting, recruiting, and retaining a diverse population of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and staff. 
  4. We believe that the department's inclusion of minoritized and historically underrepresented groups must go beyond mere representation. Rather, inclusion and belonging require creating and fostering a welcoming environment and departmental culture that allows for creativity of thought, scholarship, and action.