The mission of the Office of Peace and Justice is to promote the study of peace and justice and to share educational activities and initiatives with the campus community at Loyola University Maryland. The Office sponsors a peace and justice speaker series, interdisciplinary faculty workshops, and the development of new courses, among other activities. A minor in Peace and Justice Studies is also in development.
The promotion of peace and justice lies at the heart of Loyola University Maryland’s Jesuit, Catholic mission to inspire students to learn, lead, and serve in a diverse and changing world. The Office’s programming advances several of Loyola’s learning aims, including the “commitment to promote justice for all, based on a respect for the dignity and sanctity of human life,” “a willingness to act as an agent for positive change, informed by a sense of responsibility to the larger community,” “a commitment to put faith into action,” and the ability to respond to the “great moral issues of our time,” including “poverty, racism, genocide, war and peace.”
The work of the Office is led by the program director, Dr. John Kiess and the Peace and Justice steering committee.
Development for Loyola's program in Peace and Justice Studies was supported in large part by a generous gift from Mary Catherine Bunting.