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LOYNO Master Plan: Diversity and Social Justice

Subject line: Embrace. Advocate. Be Yourself.  

Sent: November 10, 2021

At Loyola, we pride ourselves on our commitment to intelligence, character, and inclusion. We don’t just talk about it—we live it. Every day. In fulfillment of our mission as a Jesuit institution, we welcome students of diverse backgrounds and lived experiences. And by ingraining our values into all that we do, we help prepare our students to be people for and with others, both on campus and in the greater New Orleans community. 

Our rankings and stats reflect this: 

  • 34% of graduate students identify as members of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups 
  • 70% of graduate students identify as female and 30% identify as male 
  • 14+ different religious identities are represented within Loyola’s community  
  • The Princeton Review rated us #13 nationally for lots of race and class interaction 

But at Loyola, diversity is about more than our statistics alone. We strive to give every student the tools and resources to thrive, feel respected, and empower others. 

You Belong Here 

While we are proud of the steps our students, faculty, and staff have taken to help build an inclusive and informed campus, we also know that we have more work to do. Here are some of the offices and institutions on campus dedicated to helping us make meaningful change within our community. 

✔ Loyola’s Office of Equity and Inclusion leads university-wide efforts to promote understanding of and appreciation for diversity, equity, and inclusion. At Loyola, we believe that diversity alone is not enough—it’s our goal to create a welcoming space where all Loyola students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors feel welcomed, included, supported, and recognized equitably. Our 2022 Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence lays out a framework for creating meaningful change in our community with a focus on our curricular programs, employee diversity, and advocacy and support. Follow the Office of Equity and Inclusion on Instagram @loyno_oei.

✔ The Loyola Women’s Resource Center (WRC) was founded in 1975 and was the first university women's center established in Louisiana. Today, the director collaborates with her large student staff, colleagues in the Women’s Studies minor, student organizations, and student volunteers to advance intersectional feminism through programming, activism, and advocacy. The WRC seeks to foster a campus environment that is free of sexism and other forms of oppression. It is open to all members of the Wolf Pack—because feminism is for everyone. Follow WRC on Instagram @wrcloyola for updates on upcoming events and to get involved in weekly discussions! 

✔ The Office for Accessible Education (OAE) is here to help students make a smooth transition, from modifications to accommodations for students who had an individualized education plan in high school. OAE’s Accessibility Counselors can help students determine what accommodations they will need to access course materials, programs, dining, and housing. Students can learn more about the process for requesting support and adjustments.

 

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