Spring 2021: Diversity and Inclusion
Subject line: Embrace. Advocate. Be Yourself. 🙌
Sent: December 30, 2020
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:
- 45% of undergraduates identify as members of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups
- 33% of first-year undergraduate students are the first generation in their family to attend college
- The Princeton Review rated us #7 nationally for the level of race and class interaction on our campus
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. 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.
- Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS): Create a community, culture, and representation for the Hispanic community at Loyola.
- Plus+: Help foster inclusivity at Loyola and advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community.
For more ways to get involved, browse our student engagement platform HowlConnnect!
More Work to Do
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. Under the leadership of Kedrick Perry, Ed.D., our vice president for equity and inclusion, we will continue to realize our vision laid out in the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence. We are committed to creating a culture of greater inclusion and equity at Loyola.
“I wish we had the power to fully protect our campus from the racism that infects this country, a virus that we have been living with far longer than the one we’ve all been talking about these last months. What I know is that, as a university, we have the power to bring people together across every type of difference. We have the power to model our values and set high expectations of how we treat each other. We have the ability to research, teach, and learn about the roots of racism in this country, but more than that, to start to find the complicated answers.”