Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.14
Liaison Aaron Durnbaugh
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2017
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Loyola University Chicago
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.92 / 3.00 Chris Manning
Assistant Provost for Academic Diversity
Acadmic Affairs
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:


Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Policy

Loyola University Chicago recognizes that in order to excel as Chicago’s Jesuit, Catholic University and uphold our mission of being a diverse community seeking God in all things and working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice and faith, we must continue to hire the best talent and secure the full participation and commitment of all employees. In keeping with this conviction, we reaffirm our obligation and intent to hire and provide all employees with the opportunity to grow, develop, and contribute to our collective success without regard to race, color, religion (except where religion is a bona fide occupational qualification for the job), national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or any other factor protected by law. This policy reflects Loyola University Chicago’s commitment to the attainment of equal opportunity for all members of its community through an ongoing affirmative action program. Further, Loyola University Chicago will continue to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship.

Loyola University Chicago is committed to equal employment opportunity in all aspects of employment, including recruiting, hiring, promotions, transfers, demotions, layoffs or terminations, compensation, benefits, training, social and recreational programs or events, and all other terms, conditions and privileges of employment. All employment decisions, including hiring and promotion decisions, are based on job-related criteria, such as skills, abilities, education, and experience.

We are also committed to providing a work environment free from harassment. We will not tolerate harassment of any job seeker, faculty, staff, student or other individual present on our property based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or other factor protected by law.

Sexual Harassment

Please see Loyola University Chicago's Sexual Harassment policy for additional information regarding:

preventing sexual harassment
prohibiting sexual harassment
encouraging good faith complaints if sexual harassment has occurred
providing multiple options for addressing and resolving complaints of sexual harassment


In addition to our commitment to equal opportunity, Loyola University Chicago strictly prohibits retaliation (including any threats or adverse employment action) against any individual for making a good faith internal report of any conduct, act or practice believed to violate this policy, or any other University policy or standard of conduct, or participating in good faith in the University's investigation of any reported violation.

Also prohibited is unlawful harassment, intimidation, threats, coercion, discrimination or retaliation in any other form against anyone for engaging in any protected activity under any equal employment opportunity law or regulation or any other federal, state or local law. Protected activity is defined by the specific law, but may include: (1) making a good faith internal complaint of any conduct, act or practice violating this policy; (2) filing a complaint allowed by any equal employment opportunity law or regulation ("EEO laws"); (3) participating or assisting in an investigation or any other activity undertaken by Loyola University Chicago or any governmental agency related to compliance with our EEO policy or any EEO law; (4) opposing in good faith any act or practice that violates any EEO law; or (5) exercising any right under any EEO law.

We know that positive, results-oriented action to advance equal employment opportunity serves the best interests of Loyola University Chicago, its faculty, staff and students and the communities in which it operates.

Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):


Bias Reporting
EthicsLine Reporting Hotline

It is unacceptable and a violation of university policy to harass, discriminate against or abuse any person because of his or her race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Such behavior threatens to destroy the environment of tolerance and mutual respect that must prevail for this university to fulfill its educational and health care mission. For this reason, every incident of harassment, discrimination or abuse undermines the aspirations and attacks the ideals of our community. The university qualifies these incidents as incidents of bias.

In order to uphold our mission of being Chicago's Jesuit Catholic University—a diverse community seeking God in all things and working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice and faith, any incident(s) of bias must be reported and appropriately addressed. Therefore, the EthicsLine Reporting Hotline was implemented to assist members of the Loyola University Chicago community in bringing incidents of bias to the attention of the university.

If a Loyola University Chicago community member feels as if he/she has been a victim of an incident of bias, he/she is encouraged to report the incident using the EthicsLine Reporting Hotline. The report will be reviewed by the EthicsLine Reporting Hotline Resource Team and a member of the team will follow-up with the complainant to discuss the process, keep him/her informed of action taken, and direct him/her to appropriate campus resources.

All reported incidents of bias will be taken seriously and handled with care and compassion for all involved.

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

For High Schoolers -

Empowerment Pipeline aims to build confidence in students by:

Validating and nurturing their social identities
Exploring personal significance of higher education
Analyzing challenges on the path of higher education
Identifying ways to overcome those challenges

Interested in coming to Loyola University Chicago?

Check out our specialized programming for high school students. We currently offer an Overnight Experience for 30 High school students this coming March. We also offer Campus Visits where your students can have a campus tour and participate in student led workshops.‌

For undocumented students: Magis Scholarship Fund http://www.luc.edu/diversity/resources/undocumentedstudentresources/magisscholarshipfund/
In the summer of 2014, the Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC) partnered with the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) to open up a scholarship fund for undocumented Loyola undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need but do not qualify for federal financial aid. After several subsequent meetings with Loyola’s Donor Relations Office and Office of Financial Aid and the necessary research that followed, the Magis Scholarship Fund officially opened up in the fall of 2014.
For Incoming First Year and Transfer Students of Color and First Generation Students

‌‌The Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs' Mentorship Programs aim to ensure student success and retention by providing resources and support to underrepresented students, including: students of color as well as first generation students. Students enrolled in any of these programs recieve mentoring from student leaders, professional staff and faculty members of Loyola. By participating in these programs you will have the chance to build Loyola family and community, and build confidence in academic, social and professional life. Please know that each mentorship program has an application process in which their set guidelines and requirements may differ.

Students Together Are Reaching Success (S.T.A.R.S.)
LUCES Mentorship Program
Brothers for Excellence

For faculty there are various programs administered by Academic Affairs to incent minority hires for faculty positions.
A new position in Academic Affairs has been brought on to be a Special Advisor to the Provost for diversity issues. In his role, he advises search committees in strategies to recruit and champion diverse candidates. http://www.luc.edu/diversityandinclusion/stories/archive/02-10-16-div-manning-story.shtml
A pilot program is underway to provide Diversity Advocates during faculty search processes. Modeled after a program at Oregon State University, faculty are trained to be search process experts advising search committees on executing a strategic hiring plan, the forms of bias that can undermine the hiring process, procedural norms to significantly mitigate bias, and the university’s mission and legal hiring practices as they relate to recruiting diverse candidates.

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

Loyola University Chicago's Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs offers offers a variety of programs that support underrepresented groups in the Loyola student community. Among these programs:
* The Students Together Are Reaching Success (S.T.A.R.S.) is a peer mentorship program that is targeted to first generation college students and students of color. S.T.A.R.S. students are paired with upperclassmen for both group and one-on-one mentoring opportunities. S.T.A.R.S. students, though participation in a variety of cultural and social events as well as academic workshops, learn to hone their leadership skills.
* Men of Color Initiative (MOCI) seeks to provide a supportive environment for Men of Color by facilitating mentoring relationships with male staff and faculty of color.
*LGBTQIA Initiatives - among the intiatives for Loyola's LGBTQI community, there is the Q Cafe, an open mic forum that helps connect members of this community. The Safe Space Ally training workshop helps those who wish to become allies of LGBTQI community and learn skills such as how to counter heterosexist behaviors.
* Diversity Council - this organization is comprised of student representatives who address diversity issues in the University community and take on leadership roles to help improve the campus climate in relation to diversity as well as address issues that threaten diversity. The Diversity Council fosters collaborative relationships and information sharing between students from different underrepresented groups in the University.

Programs for Staff -
EMERGE training - http://www.luc.edu/hr/professionaldevelopment/emerge/
Employee Assistance Program - http://www.luc.edu/hr/eap.shtml
Loyola 101 - http://www.luc.edu/hr/professionaldevelopment/loyola101/

Programs for Faculty -
There is an awards program for academic and staff/faculty programs that support diversity on campus - http://www.luc.edu/gradschool/stories/archive/attohaward.shtml
A series of fellowships and study abroad opportunities are promoted: http://www.luc.edu/diversityandinclusion/resources/fellowshipsandstudyabroad/
Signature Series - each month, the Executive Council on Diversity and Inclusion will select a theme (i.e. Social Justice), and highlight a series of associated programs and events taking place across Loyola.
The Emerge and Employee Assistance programs listed under Staff are also open to Faculty.

Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:

Loyola University Chicago's McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program helps low-income, first generation college students and students from groups who are underrepresented in graduate eduation who have the potential to earn an advanced degree. Through this program, Loyola's McNair Scholars will receive academic and personal support as they finish their undergraduate degrees. They will have faculty mentors who will advise them on the fundamentals of research professional development. McNair Scholars also participate in a summer research internship and will receive a summer research stipend of $2,800. They will also have the opportunity to have paid travel expenses to present research at a professional conference. In preparation for graduate school, GRE preparation fees will be waived and McNair Scholars will receive assistance in applying to graduate schools and have paid travel expenses for graduate school visits as well as assistance in applying for scholarships and grants that will help fund a graduate education.

Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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