Since its founding 165 years ago, Loyola University Maryland has evolved, growing and adapting to meet the needs of a changing population of students. Today’s population is more diverse than ever before, and our entire community—and the intellectual life of our community—are enriched through that diversity.
As a Jesuit, Catholic university, however, we must recognize that we still have much work to do. We must not only embrace diversity, but also take steps to promote it, while confronting racism, hatred, bigotry, and prejudice in every form. We can only live out the Jesuit ideals that are integral to our mission if we are actively working toward greater understanding, greater peace, and greater justice on our campus, in our community, and in our world.
Loyola is steadfastly committed to the education of our students as leaders for today’s world and tomorrow’s. We are committed to the support of our faculty and staff, the foundation on which our education rests. Our strong and active commitment to diversity should help ensure that differing views are welcome, expressed, and heard, and that learning and open discourse can thrive.
Conversations should begin in the classroom and continue throughout the campus and the community, engaging multiple perspectives and viewpoints, and embracing the opportunity for deep, important conversations on both ongoing issues and topics of the day. The unique thoughts, insights, and questions each of us can bring to those discussions can only strengthen our community.
We cannot simply speak of our commitment to being a diverse community where each person feels valued; we must demonstrate that through active efforts promoting diversity, recruiting and retaining a diverse student population, hiring faculty, administrators, and staff of diverse backgrounds, and fully embracing our role as a leader for and with our city, Baltimore, our state, and our nation.
"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members, a heart of grace, and a soul generated by love,” said Coretta Scott King.
Let’s come together in this moment to strive to become a more compassionate, inclusive, welcoming community, one that promotes diversity, combats racism, and works to create justice and peace.
2018 Progress Update
Since 2015, we have made strides on campus including the support for programs such as:
- Our continued work with BRJA (workshops and training held across campus)
- Establishing the President’s Council on Equity and Inclusion
- Mission Driven Leadership program launched for faculty and staff
- Justice focus of Messina and in the choice of the common text for first-year students
- Support for engaged scholarship and service learning
- Interfaith efforts across campus
- Hiring for faculty, staff, and administrators with demonstrated commitments to equity and inclusion
- York Road Initiative and other justice-related programs
- Increased structural diversity of students, faculty, staff and administrators
- Diversity reading groups for students and faculty and staff
- Listening efforts on topics of inclusion for large sections of the campus
- Speakers, colloquiums, and symposia on racial justice
- The work of Campus Ministry, CCSJ, ALANA Services and individuals too numerous to name
At the same time, we have our challenges, including:
- Finding the support and resources to continue the good work occurring in many pockets of campus
- Going deeper to bring about equity and racial justice on campus
- Retention of faculty, staff, administrators, and students of color
- Refocused work on accountability
- Strategic planning around equity and inclusion
- The hiring of a Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer (While we have been unable to find the funding, we are putting in structures for the work to be done by a member of the University’s leadership.)