LUCES & SDMA Updates

Hello LUCES, 
As you know a lot is unfolding through University Communication as it relates to COVID-19 and ensuring communal safety. We are aware that you and many of your peers have additional questions and concerns that have not been answered. The SDMA staff asks for your continued patience as we re-envision the remainder of the spring semester. Beginning on March 23, all academic courses will be conducted online. Similarly, SDMA & LUCES will align with University Communication and adapt our programming initiatives to be virtual experiences.   

Below are important highlights:   
Program Cancellations – Given that students have one week to prepare for departure or to settle into a new room assignment, we want to cancel upcoming programs for this week. This includes the Social Justice Symposium, UndocuWeek Open Mic, and LUCES Brunch. All general programming such as mentorship gatherings and End of the Year Celebrations will also be canceled. We will plan to develop some heart-warming virtual experiences for everyone.  
LUCES Mentorship &Support – During this time and the remainder of the semester, I ask that everyone make a connection with their mentors/mentees. Mentors (Staff/Faculty & Peer Mentors): See how your mentee is doing. How are they navigating move out? Maybe link up one more time before departure may take place. The expectation is to continue to check in with your mentees throughout the remainder of the semester, as well as submitting check-in reports as needed.
Mentees: Check-in on your staff/faculty & peer mentors to see how they may be managing these changes. Let's make sure to check in on each other during this time! Also, feel free to stop by SDMA to see me if you have any questions, hangout, or just to say goodbye until next time.
Legacy Celebration – We are aware that students have many questions regarding Commencement. At this time SDMA staff will wait for University Communication to release a statement on April 3. Once that decision is reached, SDMA will have a response to share with the Loyola community. At this time Legacy Celebration is still scheduled to happen on Sunday, May 3. As for those who have questions about graduation regalia, stay tuned, I have formally brought that questions forward and University Officials will work to answer that question. As soon as I hear the answer to that question, I will be sure to share it with our SDMA community. 
Residence Hall Closure Information – Please review the 
residence life website. for additional details regarding closing. If you are unable to leave campus due to economic hardship or unforeseen circumstances and need to continue living on campus, please complete this form by Sunday, March 15. For questions regarding Residence Hall Closure, please email 
SDMA Leader Applicants – Congratulations to those that have progressed to the interview phase of the SDMA Leader Selection Process for the 2020-2021 academic year. As we are moving this process to operate virtually, hiring supervisors will be sending Zoom invites to you all for the interview times you signed up for. If you need accommodations/changes pertaining to your interview(s), please contact the respective hiring supervisors: 
We will also be canceling the 2020-2021 SDMA Leader Meet & Greet. In place of this event, SDMA staff will be developing a virtual orientation for the new cohort of leaders to complete. 

Resources and Support – Any students, mentees, and/or leaders that find themselves in need of support or check-in, please contact the respective SDMA staff members: 
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel reach me at I'll be around, so don't hold out on stopping by to see your friend!
With Love, 
SDMA Staff
Check Out this Podcast: Coronavirus: Wisdom from a Social Justice Lens
Don't forget, your check-in forms are due the last Friday of each month! You can reach them here if you cannot find Hannah's email:
Mentor/Mentee Monthly Check In Form
The following are resources, videos, readings, and information we think is relevant to our community.
Are Asian Americans White? Or People of Color?
Redefine Enough: Podcast on Wellness & Self-Care for WOC by WOC
6 Signs Your Call-Out Is About Ego and Not Accountability
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