The Multicultural Learning Community is home to a diverse community of first-year, second-year, and transfer students who share a passion for exploring issues of diversity and social justice, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and more. Members of the community explore their own identity, develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for others, confront the realities of power, privilege and oppression, and learn to become agents for social change.
The Multicultural Learning Community is made up of two course clusters: the Race and Gender Course Cluster for students most interested in exploring issues of race and gender and the Arts in Society Course Cluster for students most interested in developing an understanding of art as an expression of culture and as a vehicle for social change.
In 2013-2014, the Multicultural Learning Community will be home to 60 first-year students. The first-year students live together in one of our 5 first-year residence halls.
Activities and Programs
The Multicultural LC actively participates in programs that aim to bring together students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds to build deeper cultural understanding and to encourage action towards social justice. Students enjoy frequent workshops and discussions that connect their interests and passions and learn to take action to create a more just community here at Loyola and beyond. Faculty have lead a number of student trips to cultural museums such as the Holocaust Museum, the DuSable Museum of African American History, and the Art Institute of Chicago and to theater productions around the city of Chicago that explore cultural events and perspectives.
The curricular requirements provide wonderful opportunities to connect through coursework with peers in the community but also ample opportunity to meet friends from outside the community. Faculty members who teach in the Multicultural LC also participate with students in activities and events outside the classroom, allowing students to develop stronger relationships with faculty members from their first day on campus.
First-year students in the Multicultural Learning Community take 4 credit hours together in the Fall semester and 3 credit hours together in the Spring semester. There are courses offered for each course cluster: Race & Gender and Arts in Society. All courses required for the Multicultural LC meet requirements for all degree programs at Loyola.
2014-2015 Multicultural LC Classes
- First-Year Classes
In the Fall 2013 Semester, first-year students in the Multicultural LC will all take UNIV 101: First Year Seminar together. They will also choose one of the following classes:
Theater 205: Theater in Chicago (3 credits) - fulfills the Artistic Knowledge and Experience requirement of the CORE
Psychology 100: Cross Cultural Psychology (3 credits) - fulfills the Tier 1 Societal and Cultural Knowledge requirement of the CORE