The Office of Academic Affairs works collaboratively with administrators, staff, and campus organizations to create a welcoming climate for all members of the Loyola community. This contributes to the University's mission to teach students to learn, live, and lead in a diverse and changing world. Further, the University core value of Diversity states in part, "Loyola also seeks to encourage all of its constituents to respect, value, and welcome 'the inherent value and dignity of each person' as a gifted contributor to the community as a whole. The University is of course committed to challenging and repudiating prejudice in all its forms, and to encouraging global and international awareness, both within and outside its curricula."
Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles that inform all aspects of Academic Affairs, including hiring practices, curricular development and program administration, faculty development, and budgeting. In particular, the Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Diversity:
- Infuses faculty development programming with attention to the needs, perspectives, and contributions of members of underrepresented groups.
- Coordinates several diversity and inclusion initiatives, including two headline events for the entire campus: the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation each January, inaugurated in 1993, and campus-wide Diversity Reading Groups each fall.
- Advises the Vice President of Academic Affairs on best hiring practices and serves as a resource to hiring departments to build a broad and diverse candidate pool leading to the best hire.
- Serves as a liaison to affinity groups, as well as a resource should new groups seek to form. Supports affinity groups on various inclusion efforts, such as Safe Zone training, campus programming, and policy recommendations.
- Serves on the President's Council for Equity and Inclusion, established in late spring 2017 as a strategic plan in initiative.
- Contributes efforts within Academic Affairs or the University to gather climate data that inform academic policies, programs, and priorities.
- Collaborates with other offices on diversity-related initiatives and serves as a general resource to the campus regarding climate-enhancing efforts.
- The Office of Academic Affairs also collaborates with the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee to administer the Diversity Course Requirement.
Loyola University Maryland Diversity Statement
(Faculty Handbook, I.J)
Loyola University values the benefits in diversity. We are committed to creating a community that recognizes the inherent value and dignity of each person. As a community, we actively promote an awareness of and sensitivity toward differences of race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, and disabilities among students, faculty, administrators, and staff.
This commitment to diversity requires the creation of a community that fosters and advocates the understanding of the impact of differences on ourselves and our institutions. An essential feature of this community is an environment in which all students, faculty, administrators, and staff are able to study and work free from bias and harassment. Such an environment contributes to the growth and development of each member of the community.
The acceptance and understanding of human differences are parts of the University’s heritage and are embodied in the Jesuit/Mercy ideals of personal concern for the humanity of others and service to those oppressed in any way by contemporary society. Consequently, all members of the University community are expected to participate in our diverse community in a manner consistent with the University’s precept of “strong truths well lived.”
Toward a Sustained Conversation on Race and Justice -- After Ferguson, In Baltimore, and Beyond
Academic Affairs is committed to supporting efforts for sustained conversation and inquiry into key matters of equity and inclusion, especially racial justice. Each year, the Martin Luther King Convocation provides an opportunity for the Loyola and Baltimore launch the year by coming together for meaningful inquiry into American legacies of race and racism. Recent speakers have included Ta-Nehisi Coates, Claudia Rankine, Teju Cole, and Roxane Gay. So too, the Diversity Reading Groups have long provided opportunities each October for all members of the community to join national conversations about equity and inclusion. In addition to these traditions, in 2014-15, many groups at Loyola have been hosting events on the subject of racial justice in response to events in Ferguson, MO, Staten Island, NY, Cleveland, OH, Charleston, SC, and elsewhere, including our own city of Baltimore. This creates the conditions for a meaningful reflection and sustained dialogue in the great Jesuit fashion. We encourage you to seek out such events and conversations so that you might trace some “threads” between them. Academic Affairs also compiled some examples of faculty responding as faculty to Baltimore unrest and injustice. Out of this emerged a Racial Justice Working Group with members of Academic Affairs, ALANA Services, Campus Ministry, the Center for Community Service and Justice, and the Counseling Center, who work together to coordinate Racial Justice Work at Loyola. A faculty effort also led to a Faculty Statement of Support of Students of Color and the creation of an ongoing Faculty Thinkspace on Race and Diversity (ToRaD). Faculty-wide conversations also continued at a fall 2015 teaching enhancement workshop on "Loyola's Diversifying Student Body" and fall 2016 teaching enhancement workshop on "Race in the College Classroom."
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