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Wolf Pack Wednesday: Diversity and Social Justice

Subject line: Embrace. Advocate. Be Yourself.  

Sent: December 29, 2021

At Loyno, 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: 

  • The Princeton Review rated us #13 nationally for lots of race and class interaction 
  • 46% of all undergraduates identify as members of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups 
  • 29% of all undergraduates are the first generation in their family to attend college 
  • Loyola students come from all 50 states and 44 countries

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. 

Diversity in Action

You’ll have so many ways to get involved on campus while you’re here. Out of our more than 120 student organizations, 19% are diversity focused. Here are a few of our student organizations that help our students embrace their differences and advocate for others:   

  • Best Buddies: Volunteer to help create opportunities with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Be a mentor and friend to community members. 
  • Black Student Union (BSU): Join one of the largest organizations on campus, dedicated to fostering inclusion through events, activities, and service to the community.
  • Christian Life Communities (CLCs): Meet weekly in small groups to reflect on your faith in all facets of your life.
  • International Student Association (ISA): Help promote international cultures across campus and meet students from around the world.
  • Loyola Asian Student Association (LASO): Advocate for Asian cultures and help unite people of all backgrounds and ethnicities. 
  • Muslim Student Association (MSA): Help foster interfaith and cultural understanding and create a safe place for dialogue that is open to Muslim and non-Muslim students.
  • Plus+: Help foster inclusivity at Loyola and advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community.

For more ways to get involved, browse our student engagement platform HowlConnnect and check out this graphic

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 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 systemic changes with a focus on our curricular programs, employee diversity, and advocacy and support. 

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 to college, 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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