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Mission Statement

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures prepares students to live, work, and lead as informed citizens in an increasingly diverse world through the study of languages, literatures, and cultures. Through language study and experiential learning opportunities, students develop competence to communicate effectively in culturally sensitive ways and gain a genuine appreciation of difference. With a focus on social justice and community, the department strives to foster a diverse and inclusive learning environment. To that end, our faculty is committed to educating and empowering students to serve as engaged members of a modern global society, supporting the core values and mission of a Jesuit education.
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures supports the 2020 Loyola University Maryland Faculty Anti-Racism Statement and adheres to its pledge that “as faculty members of a Jesuit university, we will work to enact best practices to create anti-racist classrooms and foster continuing discernment with respect to racial inequality, racism, and white supremacy among ourselves and with our students.”

To this end, Modern Languages and Literatures faculty, throughout the various language areas and cultures that we teach, commit to:
providing learning opportunities where instances of inequity and discrimination can be identified and challenged.
encouraging and supporting freedom of thought and expression for diverse viewpoints.
creating student-friendly classroom environments free from bias and harassment.

From our teaching and mentoring we expect our students to develop an awareness of and sensitivity toward differences of culture, ethnicity, national origin, race, religion, gender identity, and age.


Contact Us


Andrea Thomas
MH 462

Associate Chair for Student Issues

Margarita Jacome
MH 351G

Program Assistant

Elise Fields
MH 454

Language Learning Center Director

Kelly Keenan
MH 443