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Ignatian Leadership Institute:

Prior to the start of the fall semester, Loyola welcomed back student leaders for training and development in preparation for their service this year. Approximately 340 student leaders participated in the 7th annual Ignatian Leadership Institute, which included joint training sessions focused on helping participants learn how to exemplify Ignatian values through their choices and actions as positional leaders and Ignatian citizens. During the Ignatian Leadership Institute, or ILI as it is affectionately known, new student leaders attended a session on role modeling and Jesuit values, while returning student leaders attended a session on collaboration and fostering a community of inclusion. From there, leaders participated in sessions on resiliency and self-care, communication and dialogue, and diversity and inclusion. The ILI is a collaborative event spearheaded by Student Engagement in partnership with ALANA Services, Campus Ministry, the Center for Community Service and Justice, Recreational Sports, Student Activities, and Student Life. The ILI offers student leaders from various groups a chance to connect with one another and continue to build a community of leadership, while also providing skill development with a focus on Loyola’s Jesuit identity and mission. 

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Campus Activities Board:

This year, Student Activities is excited to launch the new Campus Activities Board. The Campus Activities Board, also known as CAB, is a student run organization that plans and implements social, cultural, recreational, and educational programs that occur over the weekend (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) for the campus community. CAB strives to enrich the co-curricular experience for students through leadership and opportunities within the organization and in the facilitation of events. CAB also seeks to create a dynamic and lively social environment on campus, as part of Loyola comprehensive Late Night Program. The Late Night Program offers engaging social events every weekend.

The CAB Executive Board is comprised of 7 undergraduate students, ranging from sophomores to seniors. These students provide oversight for large scale events, small scale events, public relations and marketing, volunteer opportunities and membership, and coffee house events. CAB provides an opportunity for students to contribute to and shape campus events and is a great leadership opportunity for students who want to learn more about collaboration, event planning, volunteer recruitment, and building community. CAB events will be publicized in a variety of ways, including social media. Follow them so you can learn more about the weekend events your student can attend!

Twitter: @Loyola_CAB

Instagram: Loyola.cab

Campus Updates:

The Career Center:

While many parts of campus go quiet in the summer, it has been an especially busy one within The Career Center. From a branding makeover to a new staff structure and an overhaul of technology platforms, The Career Center is ready to meet the needs of today’s students and help them apply their Jesuit, liberal arts education in purposeful, remarkable careers. I want to make sure you know about some of the key new offerings for students and ways you can get involved.



This summer The Career Center retired HireLOYOLA in favor of Handshake, a cutting-edge platform for career advising and college recruiting.  Students will use this system to find and register for career-related events across campus, make 1-1 appointments with career center staff, and when the time comes, search for internships and jobs. They can also create robust profiles of their experience that allow employers to find them and reach out! Students can login now at www.loyola.edu/handshake. The more information your student completes in his/her profile, the better we can target our employer outreach efforts! Learn more about what makes Handshake so popular with students here.

Loyola Connect (check out our promo video!)

Loyola Connect is our brand new platform where students, alumni, parents, faculty, and administrators can connect for quick career advice or long-term mentorship. Think of it as a Loyola-only social network where our students and alumni can go to be a part of a diverse network of career support. Please consider joining the community today at www.loyola.edu/connect if you’d like to engage with our students about your own career journey.


Our colleagues in the Marketing & Communications Department made our new vision for career services at Loyola come to life on our fully redesigned website. Take a look at www.loyola.edu/careercenter to learn more. Of special note is that our Events page now includes a public listing of career-related events on campus, fed directly from the student events page in Handshake. Now you will have a real-time view of all the career programming happening across campus.

This is just the beginning of our redesigned Career Center. Please be in touch if you have ideas or feedback that can help shape our future. You can contact me directly at jdickinson@loyola.edu.

Jim Dickinson (‘01), PhD

Assistant Vice President for Career Services