Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership


Jena DiMaggio

Jena DiMaggio
English and Women’s Studies and Gender Studies
Troy, MI

What are some of your passions outside of the Gannon Scholars? My greatest passions on-campus are CARE: Loyola's sexual health advocacy group, BROAD media, and V-Day. All of these organizations, in unique and wonderful ways, have allowed me to connect to my on-campus community better as well as encouraged me to think about what I want for my community and how I think it can improve. Additionally, these groups--like Gannon--have allowed me the space to think about what I want my feminism to be and what I want it to accomplish, which has been incredible formative and valuable for my personal growth.

Why is women's leadership important to you? Women's leadership offers the chance to express ideas and promote individuals that for so long have been silenced. Women's leadership is of course by women, but it is also for women: as inequality persists, women's leadership is essential for the advancement of women in a socioeconomic sense, but also for the creation of spaces in which these ideas and identities can flourish.