Hello, LUCES! 
Is it just me, or does 2019 seem to be flying by? 

I hope this message finds you in a state of reflection and energy to push through the last few weeks of school. 

Around this time, I often begin to feel like I am beginning my day with less energy. I feel the urge to stay in bed more, wrap myself in a blanket, and let life pass me by until the sun returns and the warm weather resurfaces. The LUCES Staff has put in some resources in this newsletter that could help if you are feeling the same way!

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

Kaleidoscope submissions are currently open! Kaleidoscope provides a space for intentional sharing outside of traditional academic settings.  Our journal includes different forms of art including articles, essays, poetry, photography, graphic design, drawing, painting, 3-D design, ceramics, collages, dance, singing, instrumental music, videography, and spoken word.  We are a multi-generational community comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members.  Kaleidoscope is open to cisgender, transgender, gender non-conforming, nonbinary, and masculine of center (MOC) womxn/people of color, regardless of gender presentation or sexual orientation.

This year's publication theme centers around Language Through Generations.  As womxn/people of color, we have unique experiences, perspectives, and needs.  We reflect, feel, and change our language throughout our lifetime, and systems of meaning expand across generations.  Language Through Generations encompasses the Voices of Our Roots, Voices of Our Existence, and Voices of our Future.

The deadline to submit is February 1. If you'd like to contribute, you can do so below:
Contribute to Kaleidoscope Here
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. 
Whether you went to one event or attended consistently, your presence has been integral to LUCES’ ten years (can you believe it!). It’s so important that the memories and stories you had during your time in the LUCES space are remembered, honored, and memorialized. Therefore, we’ve created a form to highlight these amazing moments! Please take the time to fill out the form, located here.
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
LMP Mentees and Mentors, please make note of the required LMP program dates, times, and locations for the 2019-2020 year.
Scholar Shout Out!
Meet the gorgeous Kira (she/her/hers)!

She is a fourth-year student, studying and majoring in advocacy and social change and women and gender studies, and minoring in psychology. When talking to her about LUCES and her goals she notes, “I want to continue to be a critical, inclusive, and receptive space that listens and learns from its members and encourages all of us to grow together”.

Want to shout out a LUCES community member? Email to shout out your people and their accomplishments!
The following are resources, videos, readings, and information we think is relevant to our community.
5 Accidentally Transphobic Phrases Allies Use - What to Say Instead
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

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.

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

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