Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Diversity and Inclusion

The Graduate School: Diversity and Inclusion

The Graduate School at Loyola University Chicago believes that students are best served when the university population reflects the larger society. Accordingly, the Graduate School encourages the programs under its jurisdiction to embrace diversity and strive for inclusion. A diverse academic community is characterized by new perspectives and fresh methodological approaches to scientific, humanistic, and social science fields of study. It enhances the pursuit of knowledge and its contribution to our understanding of the world around us. Inclusion values open dialogue, mutual respect, and cultural competence. In harmony with the Jesuit principles of cura personalis (care of the whole person) and homonis pro aliis (people caring for others), inclusion affirms the dignity of all members of the Graduate School community and commits our graduates to put their knowledge, skills, and talents in the service of others.

Our Commitment

The Graduate School is committed to:

  • Increasing the recruitment of underrepresented students and faculty.
  • Advocating for and supporting the interests of all students, including but not limited to historically underrepresented students, LGBTQ students, veterans, and students with disabilities.
  • Working with graduate programs to develop and sustain diverse and inclusive academic and social environments.
  • Collecting, reviewing, and reporting on the School’s progress in achieving a diverse and inclusive graduate community.

Our goal is to enhance access to post-graduate education and to create a rich environment for intellectual endeavor, creativity, high quality training, first-rate professional credentials, and developing new knowledge. In so doing, our students will be equipped to help address social problems and respond creatively and compassionately to the challenges facing our local, state, national, and global communities.


ACE Master’s Mentors

The Graduate School, in partnership with the Student Success Services TRIO Program ACE (Achieving College Excellence, http://www.luc.edu/ace/) offers fellowships to several Master’s students each year to serve as mentors for undergraduate students enrolled in the program. The Master’s Mentors engage with junior and senior ACE Scholars who have expressed an interest in pursuing post-baccalaureate programs. For more information about this program contact Roy Saldaña, Jr., ACE Project Director (rsaldana@luc.edu) and the Graduate School’s Associate Dean for Student Services, Dr. Jessica Horowitz (jhorow@luc.edu).

Undocumented Students

The University undocumented student support initiative is led by the Dreamer Committee of Loyola University Chicago. The name of this working group, Dreamer Committee, is to convey the commitment to Undocumented students at Loyola who inspire, strive for more, and achieve excellence. More information can be found at:

Tuition awards are available for qualified undocumented students and competitive programmatic assistantships are available for qualified DACA-eligible students. Contact Associate Dean, Dr. Jessica Horowitz (jhorow@luc.edu) for more information.


Minority Access Inc.

Minority Access Inc., a Maryland-based nonprofit that assists organizations in promoting diversity, recognized Loyola University Chicago at its National Role Models Conference on September 26, 2015. Loyola was recognized for its successful diversity initiatives undertaken in the Graduate School. Activities such as the launch of the Graduate Students of Color Alliance, efforts to identify and address minority student concerns, and the creation of research opportunities and monetary awards for underrepresented minorities exerted a positive impact on the number of underrepresented graduate students pursuing graduate degrees. African American enrollment in graduate and professional programs increased from 450 in 2008 to 529 in 2014, while Latino/a enrollment rose from 277 to 459 during the same period.

Achieving College Excellence Awards

The Achieving College Excellence program, in their 2014 annual awards banquet, presented the Outstanding Staff Person of the Year Award to Associate Dean for Student Services Jessica Horowitz. This award is in recognition for her work with the Master’s Mentors and ongoing support of the ACE program.

SDMA Annual Diversity Awards

The Department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs holds an annual ceremony designed to highlight and showcase key Loyola University Chicago students, alumni, faculty, and staff members who have contributed to the success of our diverse student population academically, spiritually, culturally and professionally. It also highlights outstanding individuals who have committed themselves to embracing diversity and social justice at Loyola.