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Loyola to receive Role Model Award from Minority Access, Inc

Loyola announcement - August 25, 2008

Loyola University New Orleans is to be honored as one committed to diversity by Minority Access, Inc., during its ninth National Role Model Conference in Arlington, Va., Sept. 26 – 29.

The university is receiving the Minority Access Role Model Award because of its programs and activities that enhance and promote an environment of inclusion on its campus. For the past two years, approximately 36 percent of Loyola’s freshman class has been comprised of minority students. Currently, Loyola’s student population is comprised of approximately 28 percent minorities. In addition, about 30 percent of incoming freshmen this year are first-generation students.

Loyola offers extensive services to motivate and enable first-generation students and students of color. These services focus on helping improve the chances that, once enrolled, students will succeed in college.

The following are a sampling of programs at Loyola that enhance and promote inclusion:

The Center for Intercultural Understanding fosters a supportive and inclusive campus environment through programming, services, advocacy, and research. Loyola’s students participate in the center’s peer mentoring programs and dialogue groups on issues of race, diversity, the common good, and inclusion.

The Office of Admissions and Enrollment Management is often the initial point of contact between the university and students and their families. The staff assists them in navigating the college environment, guiding them at every step in the admissions process, including explaining the sources of financial aid and how to apply. Admissions staff work with the Venture Scholars national program to identify and support first-generation college-bound students interested in pursuing math- and science-based careers. Admissions also partners with Upward Bound, a federally funded pre-college program at Loyola which serves first-generation students by increasing their preparedness for academic coursework.

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid provides workshops on financial literacy, the financial aid process, and assists prospective students in applying for aid so that financial barriers to college will not deter their aspirations to enroll. The staff helps students and their families manage the financial aspects of college even after admitted, such as tuition increases, grant aid packages, the costs of textbooks and transportation, and balancing the demands of work and academics.

The Division of Student Affairs also provides an array of programs that socialize students to the norms and expectations of college life and bond them with their peers. The University Counseling Center, for example, provides personal counseling to students who seek guidance dealing with the new challenges of college life.

Additionally, the Academic Resource Center offers enrichment programs that assist newly-admitted students in their transition to college, both academically and socially. These include academic counseling, tutorial programs, study skills instruction, disabilities services and a Bridge Program in the summer.

Finally, the Jesuit Center invites students of all faiths to work for social justice in the global community. Because the Jesuit Center has fostered an inclusive community with students, it is not uncommon for students to seek assistance on academic, personal, or financial concerns from the staff. In every instance, the services provided are free throughout the academic year and summer sessions.