Upcoming Events

Save the Date: February Gathering 

Cultivating Loving Relationships

"We are excited to announce that registration for the LUCES 2019 Gala has officially opened! Our annual LUCES Gala will be on Thursday, April 25 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in Regents Hall of Lewis Towers, which is on the downtown campus. The Gala is the last LUCES event of the academic year and is a proud celebration of the community.
Every year, we have a theme that is thoughtfully reflected throughout the event. This year’s theme is a surprise -- you have to register to find out the theme and the color significance of the event. 
Also in attendance will be undergraduate students, graduate students, staff and faculty of color (and guests) who are a part of the LUCES community. The dress is semi-formal.

Doors open at 5:45PM. Dinner will be provided with diet preferences accommodated.
It would be an honor to have you all join us at our last big event of the academic year! We hope that you will be able to join us. Please RSVP  below to reserve your space and gift! Additionally, please include any dietary restrictions and sizes for the Gala Gift. 

Registration will close on on Tuesday, March 26th.

Register Today!

Call for Cover Artist: Kaleidoscope Journal

"Do you want to see your art featured on the cover of this year's Kaleidoscope Journal?

Submit to our cover contest for your chance! We are seeking self-identified artists to submit 1-2 pieces that they feel connects to this year's theme Resiliency of Love. We will be choosing a piece based on relevancy, fit, and creativity."

The submission deadline is Monday, March 11 at 5:00 p.m.

Call for Registration: Legacy Celebration

"For the past eleven years, the Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs has formally recognized and celebrated Ramblers graduating with their bachelor’s and advanced degrees. These are students leaving their mark at Loyola and representing communities with storied legacies of strength, perseverance, excellence and diversity. Whether you are a former mentee of the STARS, LUCES, B4E Mentorship programs or a former or current SDMA Leader, we invite you to register to participate in this year’s Legacy Celebration to be held Monday, May 6th from 2-3:30PM at the Mundelein Auditorium (Lake Shore Campus).

Please note, participating students must identify as first-generation, LGBTQIA and/or student of color.

Also in attendance will be undergraduate students, graduate students, staff and faculty of color (and guests) who are a part of the LUCES community. The dress is semi-formal.

Registration will close on on Friday, March 15.

Register Today!
Interested in Being a Graduate Speaker?

LUCES Scholar Office Hours:

Castillo: Monday, 12:30-2:30p.m. Filza: Tuesday, 1:00-3:00p.m.
Jocelyn: Monday, 4:00-5:00p.m. & Tuesday, 3:30-4:30p.m.
TayahTuesday 10:00-12:00p.m. 
Asya: Tuesday, 2:00-3:00p.m. & Thursday, 3:00-4:00p.m.
Radiance: Monday, 4:00-5:00p.m. & Wednesday 4:00-5:00p.m.

LUCES Alum Corner

If you have been apart of LUCES for one month, or all ten years -- we want to hear from you. Click below to share your stories, and the impact LUCES has had on your Loyola experience.
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Campus Events & Collaborations

We are pleased to invite your son/daughter to apply for the Chicago Urban League’s Student Mission Trip to China tentatively scheduled for Sunday, June 16th through Friday, June 28th, 2019.  Your son/daughter has been invited to take part in this application process because of his/her participation in CUL programs and initiatives or recommendation.  
In partnership with the China United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) and United Airlines, the Chicago Urban League will cover the following expenses associated with the trip for selected students:
  • Roundtrip Airline Transportation
  • Ground Transportation
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Passport Fees
  • Visa Fees
  • Immunizations
  • Spending Money
Sixteen students will be selected to participate in this experience along with two adult chaperones from the Chicago Urban League. 
There will be a series of informational meetings held by the Chicago Urban League.  Our third and final informational will be held on Saturday, March 9th at 10 a.m. at the Chicago Urban League, located at 4510 S Michigan Ave.  This informational session, followed by a question and answer period, will cover the application process, the pre-trip curriculum, the expectations and requirements of participating students. 
Chicago Urban League Website

Looking for a Graduate Assistant to work with Latinx Students in Multicultural Student Affairs at Northwestern University. Looking to hire someone to complete the academic year. See attached job description.

To apply follow the link below.

Graduate Assistants (GA) in MSA will gain valuable skills that can be transferred to any area within higher education and beyond. Each GA will be supervised by one of our four full-time staff members, who each serve as a content expert for one of the following student communities: African-American/Black, Asian-American/Pacific Islander/Desi, Latino/a/x, Native American/Indigenous and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer. In addition to working with a specific student community, the GA is also given the opportunity to work across communities by focusing on one or more of our major programming areas: Identity Engagement; Leadership & Education; or Institutional Navigation. For more information on these areas and our programming, visit our website at

2019 Interfaith Leadership Institute, Chicago, IL:

Friday, August 2 - Sunday, August 4.
"Don't forget to register your early interest in attending the 2019 Interfaith Leadership Institute, s that you can be the first to know when official registration opens and receive a discount on the registration fee. Whether you are new to ILI or returning, we have tracks tailored specifically for you and other discounts and scholarships to help a group from your campus attend.  For more information, please see the following link

2019 NASPA Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA
For more information, please see the following link

2019 American College Professional Association
For more information, please see the following link

Online Learning Opportunities
Navigating Religious Diversity on Campus

Register. Register. Register.

Peer Action Cohort
"Online Learning Community Offerings," Starting February 2019

"This will give Higher Education professionals the opportunity to connect with peers across the country to share new ideas and walk away with new initiatives to implement on campus." Register.

Promoting Religious Pluralism Across the First-Year Experience Register.

Peer-Led Training for Interfaith Cooperation for Campus Saff and Paraprofessionals

"Looking for resources to learn how to lead a worldview engagement workshop for your colleagues and student paraprofessionals? Building Regular Interfaith Dialogue through Generous Engagement (BRIDGE) is a series of free, downloadable modules focused on training campus professionals on interfaith cooperation. These modules are filled with resources to activate an awareness around worldview engagement and interfaith cooperation. We would encourage you to browse the library of modules and choose the ones that best fit your campus needs."
Register Today!

Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes is professor of sociology and African American studies at Northwestern University and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research. Watkins-Hayes is a nationally-recognized scholar and expert on urban poverty, social policy, and inequality. Her forthcoming book, Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality, analyzes the transformation of the AIDS epidemic and is based on interviews with over 100 female AIDS activists, policy officials, advocates, and women living with HIV/AIDS who have been on the front lines of this fight. In addition to her academic articles and essays, Watkins-Hayes has published pieces in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Chicago Magazine. Watkins-Hayes holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Harvard University and a B.A. from Spelman College, where she graduated summa cum laude. She sits on the board of trustees of Spelman College and the board of directors of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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