Loyola University Maryland

Counseling Center

Increasing Belonging at Loyola

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We are all responsible and accountable for encouraging the belonging of all in our community. Here's how you can do your part.

Individuals Who Desire Greater Belonging

  • Join a club or organization based on an identity you have or a passion that you want to pursue
  • Work on projects and prepare for exams in a group
  • Engage in peer mentoring and tutoring
  • Step out of your bubble and try a new activity
  • Seek connections with a professor, your RA, your TA, or your Messina mentor

Students Who Want to Be Part of Building a Community of Stronger Belonging

  • Invite someone to join a club or organization where you’re a member
  • Create a shared Google document for classmates to add notes and answer each other’s questions
  • Create a study group to prepare for exams – you’re all in this together!
  • Recognize and express accomplishments/growth
  • Ask someone to join you for a cup of coffee or tea
  • Be mindful of the impact that the décor in your room, on your backpack, or on your laptop might have on others

Faculty & Staff - Let’s Do Our Part

  • Actively discuss belonging with your students – in and out of the classroom
  • Cultivate a relationship with students (Get to know students; give them space to discuss their individual needs)
  • Use a student’s preferred pronouns
  • Foster a sense of community in the classroom by establishing classroom respect
  • Recognize and express accomplishments/growth
  • Create opportunities for students to engage with each other through group projects
  • Be mindful of asking students to talk about their personal experiences related to an aspect of identity versus having them speak for a group of which they are a member
  • Call Disability Support Services instead of asking students about their accommodations in front of the class
  • Pay attention to the décor in your office and images/language in your class materials and how it might impact students
  • Help students get connected to appropriate resources 

However you are connected to the Loyola community, there are ways for you to contribute to the sense of belonging within our community.