As the fall semester has come to a close, I am proud of our students and their accomplishments during a time of challenge in our country, particularly regarding social justice. While students across the country held protests and set forth an array of demands, students at Loyola were also involved in speaking out for racial justice. Some students held a demonstration on campus and called on their peers to consider the language they use and interactions they have which could be hurtful and insensitive to others. Our acting president, Susan M. Donovan, Ph.D, and several other administrators and faculty met with these students and with student leaders, faculty, staff, and administrators, and plans are in the making for training for everyone in our community. The trials of the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are ongoing, and we have offered opportunities for students to talk about these issues during our Conversations in Grey discussion series.
Parents play an important role in helping students to think about the changes in our society and how they can use their time at Loyola to educate themselves on all issues that will help to make our world a better place. The winter break is also a good time to refocus on career aspirations and begin to research opportunities for internships, jobs, and other experiential opportunities. The Career Center is here to help with focus and planning for their future and there are also many resources online.
As we continue to come together as an intellectual community concerned with racial justice, we are looking forward to hearing poet Claudia Rankine deliver the 23rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation on Monday, Jan. 18, the day many of our students will be returning to campus. Please encourage your student to attend the lecture at 5 p.m. in McGuire and join us for refreshments and conversation afterward. If you happen to be on campus, I hope you will join us too for an event we are hopeful will help the Loyola community sustain a conversation on race on campus, and in Baltimore and the greater community.
As always, the Student Development website has links to departments and services that you may find useful as you help your student navigate the college environment. Visit often and encourage students to let us know how they are doing.
Best wishes for a peaceful holiday season,
Sheilah Shaw Horton, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students