Loyola University Chicago

University Staff Council

January 2017

Akeya Porter

Title/s: Academic Advisor - International Students

E-mail: apeterson5@luc.edu


Department/School/Division: First and Second Year Advising
Campus: Lake Shore Campus
Years at Loyola: 5

What is your favorite thing about working at Loyola?
My favorite thing about working at Loyola is helping to meet the needs of our international students. As their academic advisor, I enjoy helping them navigate the U.S. educational system and culture. I also feel very privileged to learn from these intelligent and brave students.

What is your most memorable achievement as a Loyola employee?
My most memorable achievement happened last year when I became a first time working mom. It takes a lot of finesse to balance the two, so any day when I can leave my house with my lunch bag, wallet, and keys is a win! 

What does Loyola's mission mean to you?
When I think about the University’s mission, my favorite quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, comes to mind: “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." This allows me to do my best in all that I do because my actions not only affect me but they affect several people.

What motivates you to succeed each and every day?
My family motivates me to succeed. I come from a hardworking, brave, intelligent, and resilient line of ancestors who give me the strength to thrive.

Tell us how you show your Rambler pride.
I show my Rambler pride by serving as a mentor to several brilliant young women through the LUCES Mentorship Program.

Tell us something most people at Loyola would be surprised to know about you.
One of my many goals is to become a published children’s book author.