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Celebrating 50 Years of Women at Loyola


Loyola-Notre Dame Library Exhibition

January - May 2022

In 1971, after nearly 120 years as an all-male college, Loyola merged with Mt. Saint Agnes College, a women’s Catholic institution. Visit our exhibit to learn the history of women at Loyola before, during, and after this momentous change.

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Past Events

Dr. Bahar Jalali (History), Oghentoja Okoh, Janine Holc, Mary Kate Schneider together on a Zoom meeting in discussionReclaiming Afghan Identity Amid Taliban Restrictions on Women's Rights

Dr. Bahar Jalali (History), along with Dr. Oghentoja Okoh (History), Dr. Janine Holc (Political Science) and Dr. Mary Kate Schneider (Global Studies) engaged in critical conversation on the current situation in Afghanistan in a teach-in sponsored by the History Department, the Global Studies Program and the Political Science Department.

Watch the Teach-In on Afghan Women's Rights and Identity

Nadia Murad at a microphone with text: Hanway Lecture in Global StudiesHanway Lecture in Global Studies

Nadia Murad, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize recipient and human rights activist, delivered Loyola's 2021 Hanway Lecture on November 10, 2021.

Read more on the Hanway Lecture website

Headshot of Anisya Fritz, Proprietor and Director of marketing and Consumer Sales @Lynmar EstateGraduates Who Mean Business: A Virtual Speaker Series with Women Leaders

From Greyhounds to glass-ceiling breakers, many Sellinger School graduates are making waves in the business world—locally and around the globe. We connected with these accomplished women in a virtual, but intimate, setting where they discussed their experiences, answered questions, and provided valuable takeaways. Anisya Fritz, Proprietor and Director of marketing and Consumer Sales at Lynmar Estate, joined this series to share her reflections on The Business of Life and how her passion for people, learning, and growing infuses everything she does.

The Humanities BuildingSister Cleophas Costello Lecture

Loyola welcomed back alumna McKenzie Coan, ’18, professional swimmer, public speaker, disability advocate, and author for the 30th Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture.

Read more on the Cleophas Lecture website

Decorative badge for 50 Years of Women's Athletics at Loyola eventCelebrating 50 Years of Loyola Women's Athletics

Loyola Athletics welcomed back several alumni to participate in a panel discussion – "How It Started, How It's Going" – which focused on areas of women's athletics at the school over the last five decades.


Two hands gripping red strips of tape, carelessly arranged like jail cell bars, with black and white images of American architectural symbols and a redlining mapMartin Luther King, Jr., Convocation

“The New Jim Crow: An Evening with Michelle Alexander” convocation offered new perspectives while discussing Alexander's critically acclaimed bestseller, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, which examines racial injustice in the modern legal system and calls us all to action for improved human rights in America.

Learn more about this year's MLK Convocation

Maryland DayMaryland Day Convocation

Maryland Day serves as the cornerstone of Mission Week. This year's Maryland Day Convocation featured the Milch, Faculty Excellence, and AMDG Awards; Inauguration of SGA Officers; and special guest, Carrie Fox, '01, Founder and CEO of Mission Partners. 

Learn more about Carrie Fox, '01, on the Maryland Day webpage

Close-up of the sun in space emitting an uncharacteristically blue-green solar flareGrand Seminar

Loyola’s academic division of natural and applied sciences presented the 2022 Grand Seminar featuring keynote speaker Nicola Fox, Ph.D., Heliophysics Division Director in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

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Sellinger BuildingBusch Lecture

The 2022 Busch Lecture featured Jean Oelwang, founding CEO and president of Virgin Unite, the foundation of the Virgin Group and Branson family that works to change business for good, address climate change, support entrepreneurs and protect human rights.

Learn more about the Busch Lecture

An arrangement of orange and yellow splotches that resemble birdsBunting Peace and Justice Speaker Series

The Bunting Peace and Justice Speaker Series hosted speakers and events that contribute to raising awareness about peace and justice issues. Award winning author Carolyn Forché and published anthropologist Stephanie Savell delivered engaging lectures throughout the series.

Learn more about the Bunting series

Anisya Thomas Fritz, Ph.D., ’85Commencement

Loyola's 2022 Commencement speaker was entrepreneur, business strategist, and humanitarian Anisya Fritz, Ph.D. Dr. Fritz, who graduated from Loyola in 1985 with a Bachelor of Business Administration, came to Loyola from India at the age of 17. She is the proprietor and experience manager for Lynmar Estates in California’s Sonoma County, which she owns with her husband, Lynn. At Lynmar, which embraces sustainability and stewardship as its core values, Dr. Fritz develops and leads the customer-facing team, expanding and evolving the food and wine experiences. Dr. Fritz consults with global humanitarian relief organizations and lectures worldwide on humanitarian logistics. She also teaches entrepreneurship in the wine industry at Sonoma State University and has presented to students in Loyola’s Sellinger School of Business and Management.

Learn more about the 2022 Commencement Ceremonies