Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts

The Loyola Theatre Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

This committee helps to ensure that the Loyola Theatre program lives up to its expressed values and commitments regarding diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

Any Loyola Theatre major or minor is eligible to apply and then be considered to fill one of the 6 student spots on the committee. Each year, the committee is constituted by up to 6 students and up to 5 faculty and staff members, with the goal of preserving an emphasis on student voices in the direction of the committee. In keeping with a selection process updated in 2020 in collaboration with representatives from the Office of Academic Diversity, should the number of student applicants mean that fewer than 6 students participate on the committee, accepted faculty/staff applications should always be adjusted so that students constitute the committee majority. Out of respect for student labor realities, the general model of the committee is that its goals are student-driven while its labor should be faculty/staff-driven, though of course student committee members can be as involved as they want to be in any or all aspects of implementation. The committee meets approximately once per month, with occasional other meetings or subcommittee meetings added as needed, depending on the nature of the work happening in a particular semester.

For academic year 2021-2022, we will have 5 students continuing their work on the committee, in recognition of the fact that we are currently mid-process with several initiatives, including aspects of our agenda that have been shaped by the broader university's Anti-Racism Initiative. Therefore, we will have 1 additional student spot open for application in Fall 2021. Both new and continuing students are encouraged to apply. Application information will be made available to all Loyola Theatre students during the first week of classes.

For more on Loyola Theatre DEI and social justice commitments, please see our Transparency page and our Anti Racism Action Plan.

Questions about the Loyola Theatre DEI Committee? Contact current coordinator Kelly Howe at khowe2@luc.edu.

Want to submit a suggestion to the Loyola Theatre DEI Committee anonymously? You can do so at the following Google Form.