Loyola University Maryland

Division of Student Development


Mission Statement:

The student development division is committed to creating an inclusive community that facilitates and enhances student learning and development. Anchored in the core values of our Jesuit University, we aspire for every student to fully embody, “strong truths, well lived.”

Guiding Principles:

The student development division is committed to living out our motto, “strong truths, well lived” by creating a culture that enhances student learning and development through five guiding principles:

  • We understand that all facets of a student’s development (mind, body and spirit) guide our work of creating an educationally purposeful community.
  • We partner to create a student centered community that empowers students to use their gifts and talents to make a difference at Loyola and beyond.
  • We demonstrate moral and ethical decision making and model honesty and integrity in our personal interactions with one another.
  • We uphold the dignity of all members in the community by showing respect and practicing civility in our interactions.
  • We recognize that each member shares responsibility for nurturing a just community that actively encourages, engages and embraces diversity. 
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Learning Outcomes

An Educationally Purposeful Community focuses on the development of the whole person and includes all facets of a student’s development (mind, body, spirit).  This reflects a hallmark of Ignatian spirituality, cura personalis.  As a result of actively participating in an educationally purposeful community, students will:

  • Demonstrate behaviors that foster personal/interpersonal health and well being
  • Achieve a balance between academics, work, and leisure time, with a priority on academics
  • Develop and pursue personal and academic goals
  • Integrate knowledge from multiple perspectives in personal discernment and decision-making
  • Identify and practice their spiritual and religious beliefs.

An Empowered Community endeavors to hear what students have to say and facilitates their ability to make a difference at Loyola and beyond.  As a Jesuit institution, Loyola is committed to a value of shared ownership of the community.  As a result of actively participating in a student centered community, students will:

  • Reflect and effectively communicate their thoughts, opinions, and ideas to the entire community
  • Appropriately challenge unfair, unjust, or uncivil behavior
  • Create and advocate for positive community standards and norms
  • Define and practice an ethical leadership style that is informed by Jesuit ideals.

A Disciplined Community is characterized by honesty and integrity in interactions with one another and committed to moral and ethical decision-making.  These virtues are regarded as essential in Jesuit education.  As a result of actively participating in a disciplined community, students will:

  • Intentionally use their passions and talents to serve their communities
  • Assess their personal values and intentionally integrate these values into their personal decision making process
  • Exhibit effective conflict resolution skills.

A Caring Community is concerned with the welfare of each person and dedicated to upholding the dignity of all members in the community.  Through the Ignatian tradition of discernment, this community fosters a sense of personal responsibility for choices and actions, and seeks a balance between enlightened self-interest and promotion of the common, "greater" good.  As a result of actively participating in a caring community, students will:

  • Develop and maintain healthy, mutually respectful, interpersonal relationships
  • Demonstrate and value the importance of working cooperatively with others to achieve a common goal
  • Develop strategies that promote personal growth
  • Exhibit self understanding and comfort with one’s identity.

A Just Community honors all persons, actively encourages and celebrates diversity, and recognizes that each member shares responsibility for the welfare of the whole community (locally, nationally, and globally).  Loyola's commitment to justice and diversity begins at home with creation of an environment where each individual is valued and attended to, can live safely, and can express him or herself honestly.  As a result of actively participating in a just community, students will:

  • Articulate the value and impact of diversity in a community
  • Describe their own intercultural identity and recognize how it impacts their interactions with others
  • Interact effectively with others who differ in cultural background, values, and worldview
  • Identify the influences of personal, social, and institutional factors on discrimination and prejudice.

As a whole, these student development learning outcomes challenge students to strive for the Jesuit ideal of Magis. This ideal undergirds a certain restless pursuit of excellence across the board – a refusal to be satisfied with mediocrity, or to become easily contented with the status quo.

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