The University's Strategic Plan 2017-2022, The Ignatian Compass: Guiding Loyola University Maryland to Ever Greater Excellence, calls on our community to "be at home in the wider world, not limited by provincial borders or parochial ideas.” In this same spirit, Rev. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. stated that "In order to respond to this world, which is rapidly shrinking, we set our aim on educating for responsible citizenship in the global city." In support of this goal, Ignatian Citizenship, one of the initiatives of the Strategic Plan 2017-2022 is:
"Acting upon and augmenting the University's experience with the ACE (American Council on Education) Internationalization Laboratory, we will generate and execute a strategic plan for global engagement that creates a climate of internationalization and the development of global citizens, connecting the local community to the world.”
Loyola's involvement with the ACE Laboratory is in support of fostering a learning environment and community committed to diversity, inclusion, discernment, civic and global engagement, and developing students and all community members to become and live as contemplatives in action. In pursuing comprehensive internationalization and global engagement, Loyola seeks to help students, alumni, faculty, staff, and administrators become conscientious, competent, compassionate, and committed Ignatian Citizens —to think of themselves as part of something larger than themselves, responsible for the betterment of our shared world; men and women with and for others—locally, nationally, and globally.
The press release announcing Loyola's participation in the ACE Laboratory was released on January 24, 2017.