Dear returning and new members of LUCES, we hope this message finds each of you rested, replenished, and restored for the new academic year! My name is Hannah Honor (she/her/hers) and I serve the LUCES community as a Program Coordinator in the Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs (SDMA). A huge LUCES welcome to our newest members, including mentors, mentees, first-year, graduate and transfer students.

I can speak for all of us and say that we are so excited to be building a community with you this semester. The last ten years of LUCES have been incredible and yet, our journey has only just begun. this year, we are discussing wellness: what it is, what it looks like for us, and the various ways we can incorporate into our lives. How does it connect to our identity? How can we work together to ensure wellness is in our lives to stay?

Thank you all for your work and we hope to see you soon!

Our community of amazing womxn at Loyola have created a vibrant online community via Facebook.  Please join the 
LUCES Facebook page to post videos and articles, discuss your perspective on current events, or shout out your LUCES family! Additionally, join LUCES on OrgSync by
 clicking here

SAVE THE DATE: September Gathering
Friday, September 27, 2019 
3:30-6PM PM | Damen MPR South
The September Gathering is open to all members of Loyola University Chicago, including former LMP Mentees, alumni, current graduate/undergrduate students, staff, and faculty. 
The following dates, times, and locations are for 2019-20 LUCES programs. These programs are open to ALL Loyola graduate and undergraduate students as well as staff, faculty, alumni, returning LMP Mentee students and community partners. 

Thank you, LUCES Mentees and Mentors!!

A special thanks to all of our LUCES Mentors and Mentees for attending our Orientations! Unless you have requested to be absent, we look forward to seeing you at our first mentorship gathering on Friday, September 27, 2019.

LMP Mentees and Mentors, please make note of the required LMP program dates, times, and locations for the 2019-2020 year.
The following are resources, videos, readings, and information we think is relevant to our community.
How To Overcome Our Biases? Walk boldy towards them
Redefine Enough: Podcast on Wellness & Self-Care for WOC by WOC
Below you will find resources from campus and community partners who strive to support the LUCES community. We encourage members to read the information carefully in case there are opportunities that may be of interest to you. To share resources with the LUCES community, please email Hannah Honor at

Safe Space Workshops are introductory sessions that work to assist individuals who wish to support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) community of Loyola University Chicago. 

Safe Space Workshops cover the following:

  • Definitions, terms, and symbols
  • LGBTQIA identity development
  • Skills to interrupt heterosexist and cissexist behaviors and attitudes
  • Resources for the LGBTQIA communities

Fall 2019 Safe Space Training Dates:

Student Training:

  • Wednesday, October 16, 5-7 PM
  • Location: IES 123/124

Combined Training (Faculty/Staff and Students):

  • Tuesday, November 8, 12-2 PM
  • Location: IES 123/124

Please RSVP here if you plan on attending any of the trainings. If you have any questions, please email us at

The Share the DREAM Undocumented Student Ally Trainings began in 2012 with the introduction of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) referendum presented by President Barack Obama. The trainings were successfully offered through a collaboration by the Department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (SDMA) and the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL). These trainings are modeled after UndocuPeers: Liberating Campus Climate training developed by United We Dream’s (UWD), the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. To date, over 350 faculty, staff, and students have completed the Share the Dream trainings as part of a University-wide effort to support undocumented students.

The Share the DREAM Undocumented Student Ally Trainings provide the Loyola community with skills to understand the value and importance of exploring the experiences and perspectives of undocumented students; they aim to generate knowledge for self-learning; and they increase on-campus support for and the inclusion of undocumented students. Upon completing the training, trainees receive a placard that recognizes them as allies and as points of support for undocumented students on campus. The goal is that participants display these placards in their work area to invite questions and/or dialogue about the issues that impact this community.

Trainings are held several times a year and are open to faculty, staff, and students. It is important that trainees commit to the entire two hours in order to receive all of the information they need in order to support this community.

Below is a list of people who have completed the training since the 2015-2016 academic year and the departments they represent.

If you would like more information on our trainings or are interested in attending, please contact us at or RSVP for an upcoming training. 

Students can apply for the 2019 Chicago Aldermanic Black Caucus (CABC) Scholarship through September 27. 

The CABC was formed to ensure the coordination and collaboration among the black aldermen as they represent the issues most impactful to their black constituency. 

The CABC scholarships are non-renewable awards available to students pursuing two-year or four-year degrees from an accredited university. The scholarships are $2,500 and are given to students to help alleviate the cost of tuition, fees, room and board, and books. 

Eligibility requirements, the application, and additional information on this opportunity are available online
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