Upcoming Events

Save the Date: February Gathering 

Cultivating Loving Relationships

"Join LUCES on Friday, February 15 from 3:00-5:30 p.m. in Information Commons, 4th Floor, for the February Gathering. This event will celebrate love in all forms and discuss pathways to loving relationships that embrace self-love and integrate self-care. Also, we will seek to examine love & intimacy outside of solely romantic forms, love between womxn and people of color, as well as love for self. We’ll also discuss ways we can work towards healthier relationships while working to leave toxic ones behind and balancing emotional labor as women and people of color."

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

Karina Sanchez:

Karina Sanchez is passionate about Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) and empowering our future leaders. Currently, she is a Diversity & Inclusion Associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (FRBC) where she helps cultivate a culture of inclusivity and belonging through her leadership and oversight of the Bank’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). 
In her role at the Fed, she has had the opportunity to be one of the driving committee members who lead the first Future Leaders Conference. The purpose of this conference was to raise awareness and understating among high school/college students about the various opportunities in the Technology (IT)/Information Security (IS) space and to increase the talent pipeline of women and minorities in IT/IS.
Her passion for D&I started at her Alma Mater where she was a student leader for LUCES and STARS under the Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Office. At Loyola, she was also involved in other leadership positions including the VP of the Latino Organization and a Residence Assistant. 
As a daughter of immigrants and a first-generation college graduate, Karina understands the value of mentorship, access, and representation. Therefore, she is very engaged in the community and shares her story of resilience in hopes of sparking inspiration in others. 
She serves as the Executive Vice President for Prospanica Chicago, sits on the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement’s Young Professionals Board as the Professional Development Co-Chair, and serves on the Illinois Diversity Council as the Secretary and Young Professional Liaison where she is developing a resource group for millennials. Her role in these organizations allows her to create programing and events that support Latinx and minority high school students, college students, and young professionals. Her leadership has recently been recognized, as she has been selected as one of Negocios Now's "Latinos: 40 Under 40.’
Karina is a proud first-generation college graduate with a M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Roosevelt University and a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Women & Gender Studies from Loyola University Chicago (Go Ramblers!). 
Outside of work and volunteering, Karina enjoys cooking vegan food, hanging out with friends, and practicing self-care.  

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Black History Month

 Black Cultural Center

Campus Events & Collaborations

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

Nominate Loyola’s exceptional students for the 2019 Excellence Awards. Annually, these students are honored at Weekend of Excellence, taking place this year from April 11-14.
Our students will be honored with the following awards:

  • Damen Student Awards (undergraduate students)
  • Maroon and Gold Society (rising seniors)
  • 1870 Award (rising sophomores)
  • Unity of Heart and Mind Award (rising juniors)
  • Three Graduate, Professional, and Adult (GPA) Student Awards
  • Eight Student Diversity Awards

You may submit nominations for any of these awards through Friday, February 8, at 5 p.m.
If you have questions about the Excellence Awards, please contact Jack McLean, assistant vice president for student development, at or 312.915.6233.

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."
Date: February 15th-17th, 2019. We meet at Water Tower Campus at 4:30pm on Friday (check-in begins at 4:00pm). Friday's part of the program ends before 9:00pm. We meet again on Lake Shore Campus on Saturday morning to go to LUREC and return in the afternoon on Sunday.
The final application deadline is Tuesday, January 22nd, however, space is limited, and most spots have already been filled. We continue to process applications as they are received. Once all spots are filled, we will start a wait-list. Sign up ASAP!
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