Loyola University Chicago

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Student Life & Engagement

Staff Profiles

Professional Staff


Sadika Sulaiman Hara
Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Phone: 773.508.3335
E-mail: ssulaimanhara@luc.edu 
Sadika Sulaiman Hara received her M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont and her B.A. in Religious Studies with an emphasis in Islam from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Sadika’s professional experiences include work in Multicultural Affairs at San Jose State University, Admissions work at Stanford University, as well as many fun years in Residential Life at Mills College, the University of Vermont and UC Santa Barbara.  Her research and presentation work includes understanding the experience and providing support for Muslim Student’s post 9/11, making meaning of the graduate Student of Color experience, and support and retention of first generation college students.  Sulaiman Hara published her piece, Beyond the Rhetoric: “Supporting” Graduate Students of Color in the Vermont Connection Journal in 2005.  Sadika continues to pursue her passion in working with historically underrepresented students, while working to provide educational opportunities for students to develop and expand cultural competency. Sadika and her family are thrilled and honored to be joining the Loyola University Chicago community.  
Miguel Macias
Safe Space Ally Training, Men of Color Initiative and Men's Project 

Phone: 773.508.3929 
E-mail: mmacias2@luc.edu

Miguel is a Program Coordinator working with the men’s initiatives and LGBTQIA programming and outreach for the Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs (SDMA).  Miguel oversees and provides leadership for the Men’s Project, a project that explores masculinity and gender related issues and the redefinition of manhood from the lens of social justice.  Miguel also oversees the Black Men’s Initiative, a retention and leadership program that strives to empower our men of color to excel and grow in their educational experience while developing their leadership skills with the end goal of graduating and preparing them for post graduation. Miguel will also be leading the Safe Space and Ally Development for the Loyola University along with other LGBTQIA programs and initiatives.    Before Joining the SDMA team, Miguel Macias served as a Graduate Assistant with the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Seattle University.  In his position he worked with LGBTQIA programming and served as a main contact for students who needed institutional or community LGBTQIA resources and mentorship. In his time at Seattle University, Miguel took the Jesuit philosophy of “Cura Personalis” care for the entire person and took it on as his own.  Through his experiences as a first-generation Mexican-American and son of immigrants, Miguel is committed to promoting social justice and dignity for all people through the means of higher education. Miguel Macias graduated with his B.S. in Sociology from Washington State University, and his M.Ed. in Student Development Administration from Seattle University.



Gabriela Ortiz
   Administrative Assistant  
Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Phone: 773.508.3909 
E-mail: gortiz1@luc.edu

Gaby is the Administrative Assistant of the Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs.   She received her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Chicago.  Gaby has worked with community organizations and theater companies in and out of Chicago to develop and facilitate leadership, community organizing, and arts education programs for youth. She is passionate about theater as a tool for education and empowerment, social justice issues, and media reform. Gaby enjoys working with students and is happy to be a part of the Loyola family.

Joeseph Saucedo
‌   Assistant Director 
Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Phone: 773.508.3895 
E-mail: jsaucedo4@luc.edu

Joe Saucedo is a native of San Antonio, Texas and a graduate of Georgetown University. He earned a degree in marketing and spent several years working in advertising on the East Coast and in San Antonio. Joe had a change of heart about his career path and he chose to pursue work in education. As a first generation college graduate, he credits much of his success to the support and guidance from mentors. Joseph has volunteered as a tutor and mentor to students in K-12 educational programs since graduating from college. He relocated to Los Angeles to become an Upward Bound Academic Coordinator advising students of color on ways to prepare for college admission. Shortly after, Joe pursued graduate coursework in student affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles. He graduated in 2011 and relocated to Chicago to become the Resident Director of Baumhart Hall at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus.

In his new role as Assistant Director of SDMA, Joe coordinates the STARS program. He was a Men of Color Initiative mentor last year and is excited about supporting underrepresented students more intentionally at Loyola. 



Graduate Staff

Devita Bishundat

Graduate Assistant

Devita is the Graduate Assistant for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach within the Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs.  Devita primarily works on the Social Justice Dinner Dialogue Series and with Loyola University Chicago Empowering Sisterhood (LUCES), a program for Women of Color on campus.  Prior to joining SDMA, Devita was the Director for the APIASF Scholarship Program at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund.  She also has previous work experience with youth leadership development, non-profit management, association consulting and student affairs.   Devita is currently enrolled in the Higher Education graduate program at Loyola University Chicago and she received her Bachelor’s degree in International & Intercultural Studies from Goucher College.  
Patrick Fina

Graduate Assistant, LGBTQI Initiatives

Department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
Loyola University Chicago
Damen Student Center | 6511 N. Sheridan Rd. Suite 116
Chicago, Illinois 60626
p (773) 508-2132 | f (773) 508-3895


Patrick Fina is a Graduate Assistant in Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs working with LGBTQI Initiatives. He most recently served as an AmeriCorps member for an LGBTQI Resource Center in California. He received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Management and Protection from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He is originally from New Jersey, but has also lived in Pennsylvania and Georgia. He hopes to continue working within LGBTQI programming in higher education after he completes his M. Ed.                                                                                                                                          

Undergraduate Staff




Reana Thomas

Undergraduate Assistant

Diversity Council Intern

E-mail: rthomas6@luc.edu

Reana is the Diversity Council intern for SDMA. This is her senior year at Loyola as a Biology major and an Anthropology minor. She hopes to pursue the career of Medical Anthropology after graduating from Loyola. Reana was a mentee and scholar in the S.T.A.R.S. program through SDMA during her freshman year. The next year, she was able to join the wonderful team at SDMA as an administrative intern. On campus she is the Co-President of LUC Raag (Loyola's first South-Asian American A Cappella group). 

Lauren L. Adams

Women's Studies and Gender Studies | Education Policy Studies, Minor

Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs | S.T.A.R.S. Intern

Email: ladams3@luc.edu

"Lauren is the S.T.A.R.S. intern for SDMA. This is her third year as a student at Loyola. She is studying Women’s Studies Gender Studies and minors in Education Policy Studies. Lauren was a mentee and leader in S.T.A.R.S. her first year and returned as a S.T.A.R.S. mentor her sophomore year. Lauren has also worked as a Student Diversity Leader for Loyola’s Undergraduate Admissions Office. After graduating from Loyola, Lauren hopes to enter a graduate program for Higher Education."