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‌Hello from the Student Leadership Development Team!  We are located in the Damen Student Center in Suite 127. Come visit us sometime!


Pictured from left to right are Darius Montague, Shannon Howes, and Moira Phippen

Shannon Howes, Director, Leadership Development & Second Year Experience
Telephone: 773-508-2152
Email: showes1@luc.edu

After earning her masters degree in the College Student Personnel program at Bowling Green State University, Shannon Howes worked as residence director, then as the assistant director for a student leadership development department at a large, private university in Chicago. Shannon began working at Loyola University Chicago in July, 2010, and loves serving as the director for Leadership Development and Second Year Experience.  Shannon is a student in LUC's Higher Education doctoral program, and has also served as a member of the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership research team.  Shannon has a fabulous partner and 2 wonderful children. As director, Shannon focuses on strategic planning for the area, program development, and assessment.  The programs with which Shannon works most directly are the Leadership for Social Change Learning Community, the LEAD for Change program, and The People's Institute.

Moira Phippen, Graduate Assistant, Leadership Development & Second Year Experience
Telephone: 773-508-8380
Email: mphippen@luc.edu

Moira earned her B.A. in Economics at DePaul University here in Chicago. During her time in undergrad,  Moira took on numerous leadership positions with her university's Office of Diversity Education, Center for Intercultural Programs, Student Leadership Institute,  and New Student and Family Engagement office. After graduating, Moira also worked with her university's Residential Life department and several other universities on numerous assessment related projects. As the Graduate Assistant for Leadership Development and  Second Year Experience, Moira supervises the Second Year Ambassadors and is highly involved in many of the programs and assessment across the office. Moira is also a student in the Loyola Higher Education Master's program,  but when she is not busy with these pieces, she also finds time to read comic books and play fetch with her cat.

Darius Montague, Leadership Development & Second Year Experience Intern
Email: dmontague1luc.edu

Darius earned his B.A. in Sociology, with a minor in Writing from DePaul University. While at DePaul, Darius worked with the university's Office of Diversity Education, Student Leadership Institute, and Center for Intercultural Programs.  Through these positions Darius has facilitated and planned various workshops covering topics such as conflict management, cultural competency, and efficient ways to establish dialogue. As the Intern for both Leadership Development and  Second Year Experience, Darius assists the Director, Shannon, and Graduate Assistant, Moira, with any and all tasks; these tasks include, but are not limited to: facilitating workshops, updating of web-based media platforms, and managing the SYE Out-to-Lunch program.  Darius is also currently working with Northwestern's Civic Education Project as an Assistant Facilitator. In his spare time, Darius enjoys theatre and reading.

*The Student Leadership Development team looks forward to introducing the SLD Coordinator to the Loyola Community soon!*


Division of Student Development's Diversity Statement

We encourage applications from all individuals who have demonstrated commitment to diversity and pluralism. Student Development at Loyola University Chicago both celebrates and promotes a safe and healthy community life for people of all races, religions, national origins, socio-economic classes, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, physical and learning abilities, and ages by modeling behavior and articulating expectations that we live and work together in one community, bound together by our commitment to learning and respect for one another. Excellence and diversity at Loyola are inextricably tied. We have a deep understanding of and commitment to the fact that, to be an excellent division and an excellent university, we must be diverse in all aspects of our work.    

Jane Neufeld, Vice President for Student Development 




Second Year Experience · 1032 West Sheridan Road, Centennial Forum Student Union, Lower Level 42-E, Chicago, IL 60660 · 773.508.2167

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