Recent climate surveys at Loyola highlight patterns of exclusionary experiences had by students on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and religion. From the perspective of mental health, our community members who experience offensive and discriminatory conduct are more likely to feel ignored or excluded, isolated or left out, and intimidated or bullied. Students reported a range of emotions in response to these experiences such as humiliation, anger, sadness, distress, or confusion.
As faculty and staff, there is value in considering the ways we can challenge systemic forms of oppression such as racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and classism that impact students' experience and the campus community more broadly. Please consider these resources to share with students or increase your own awareness about the impact of discrimination, understanding privilege, engaging in allyship, and having courageous conversations about these dynamics in the classroom.