The Office of Academic Affairs works collaboratively with administrators, staff, and campus organizations to create a welcoming climate for all members of the Loyola community. This contributes to the University's mission to teach students to learn, lead, and serve in a diverse and changing world.
Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles that inform all aspects of Academic Affairs, including hiring practices, curricular development and program administration, faculty development, and budgeting.
Academic Affairs is committed to supporting efforts for sustained conversation and inquiry into key matters of equity and inclusion, especially racial justice.
- Infuses faculty development programming with attention to the needs, perspectives, and contributions of members of underrepresented groups.
- Coordinates several diversity and inclusion initiatives, including two headline events for the entire campus:
- The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation each January, inaugurated in 1993. The event provides an opportunity for Loyola and Baltimore to come together for meaningful inquiry into American legacies of race and racism. Recent speakers have included Ta-Nehisi Coates, Claudia Rankine, Teju Cole, and Roxane Gay.
- Campus-wide Diversity Reading Groups each fall, which allows members of the community to join national conversations about equity and inclusion.
- Follows best hiring practices and serves as a resource to hiring departments to build a broad and diverse candidate pool leading to the best hire.
- Serves as a liaison to affinity groups, as well as a resource should new groups seek to form. Supports affinity groups on various inclusion efforts, such as Safe Zone training, campus programming, and policy recommendations.
- Contributes efforts within Academic Affairs or the University to gather climate data that inform academic policies, programs, and priorities.
- Collaborates with other offices on diversity-related initiatives and serves as a general resource to the campus regarding climate-enhancing efforts.
- Collaborates with the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee to administer the Diversity Course Requirement.