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Loyola University New Orleans

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
6363 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
(504) 865-3240
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School Information
"In 1847, seven Jesuit priests came to New Orleans with the hope of opening a Jesuit institution for higher-learning, and in 1884, Father O’Shanahan learned that a large plantation across from the park was available. He bought the land for $75,500, determined to establish the institution that the priests dreamed of. In 1904, Loyola College opened its doors. Loyola’s enrollment numbers grew quickly, and the college had to expand to accommodate them. In 1907, the Marquette Association for Higher Education was established, and 1910, this group was responsible for the building of Marquette Hall, the centerpiece of Loyola’s campus horseshoe. On July 10th, 1912, the governor signed the act authorizing to change Loyola College to Loyola University." Further, "Loyola University New Orleans is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States" (Source: Its total enrollment is 4,548, with 3,223 undergraduates and 635 graduate students. The school has a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1 and 110 undergraduate programs as well as 36 graduate and professional programs.
General Information
Loyola University New Orleans (Loyno) has taken many actions to promote anti-racism. It has crafted a Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence. It offers numerous programs for diversity and anti-racism, including a required freshman orientation on anti-racism. At this time, anti-racism training is required for the entire campus community including students, faculty, staff, and administrators. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee includes the Recruitment and Retention Subcommittee which "focuses on strategies for recruiting and retaining a diverse student body, faculty, and staff."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • As part of its second goal in its Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence, Loyno will "establish on-boarding DEI education and training programs for new students, faculty, and staff that demonstrate Loyola’s institutional commitment to its mission and conveys the University’s expectations for community member conduct." This includes a program titled "Paws and Reflect," and more are to come.
  • As part of its third goal in its Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence, Loyno will "offer DEI management training to all department heads and department chairs, covering topics such as implicit bias in evaluation, equitable and effective employee development practices."
  • Loyno states that "the Education and Training Subcommittee of the DEIC plans, develops and promotes opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to deepen understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and cultivate greater cultural competency."
  • In a letter on June 6, 2020, Loyno's president stated that it has began to implement diversity and anti-racism training for all members of the community.
  • Loyno offers a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion in HR Management which "provides a foundation for creating a workplace where all employees are respected and appreciated as valuable members of the organization, are able to participate in work-related opportunities, can follow career paths that use their skills and knowledge to the fullest, and receive fair compensation."
  • Loyno's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee states that it would "[e]nsure that faculty, staff, and LUPD [Loyola University Police Department] receive DEI training."
  • The Office of Equity and Inclusion at Loyno trains the faculty and "will expand workshops and events focused on topics including cultural competency, implicit bias, microaggressions, queer advocacy, gender pronouns, and inclusion for historically marginalized groups."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As part of its second goal in its Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence, "Loyola’s January Term offers multi-disciplinary courses with a focus on issues of race, equity, and inclusion as they apply to current issues and academic fields of study in an accelerated two-week program between the fall and spring semesters." All J-term classes cover topics related to race and DEI. In addition, Loyno is "working with Provost’s office to strengthen and clarify which courses fall under diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice classification."
Disciplinary Measures
  • Loyno provides a bias incident reporting form and states that a "bias incident is an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, violence, or criminal offense committed against any person, group, or property that appears to be intentional and motivated by prejudice or bias."
Program and Research Funding
  • As part of its first goal in its Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence, Loyno is "building an inclusive community" by "opening a new Center for Multicultural Affairs that will serve as a hub for social justice and diversity initiatives" and giving annual funding to the Office of Equity and Inclusion with grants and private contributions.
  • Loyno states that "to encourage and support programming on diversity issues, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee awards Strength in Diversity mini-grants on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. Student organizations, faculty, and staff may apply."
  • Loyno's Programming Subcommittee "recommends and promotes university-wide programming related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice, and administers Loyola's Strength in Diversity Grants."
  • The Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyno "works to transform the Gulf South through research, education, advocacy, and service on the core issues of poverty, race, and migration."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • Loyno's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee states that it would "[e]nsure that faculty, staff, and LUPD [Loyola University Police Department] receive DEI training."
  • Loyola University New Orleans posts resources and articles on racism.
  • Loyno held a 2021 Symposium on "Structural Racism and the Law."
  • Loyno's class on Constitutional Law suggests Ibram X. Kendi's book, "How to Be an Anti-Racist," as an additional resource.
  • Loyno's Strategic Planning Subcommittee "is tasked to draft and lead implementation of three-year strategic plans for inclusive excellence."
  • The description of Loyno's African and African American Studies Minor reads in part as follows: "Students are encouraged to participate in various events throughout the semester that address aspects of African and African African experience and explore the urgent issues surrounding race, racism, and privilege in the U.S. and around the world."
Symbolic Actions
  • Loyno responded to the death of George Floyd on June 1, 2020 by releasing a letter saying, "We get busy preparing ourselves to make a difference and we go out there and do it. We change law enforcement behavior through constant training, careful hiring and general police reform."
  • On September 9, 2016, Loyno launched a "United for Racial Justice Week."
  • On September 3, 2020, Loyno highlighted its law student who was awarded a National Award for Leadership in Racial and Social Justice and Equity by the National Lawyers Guild.
  • Loyno's Jesuit Social Research Institute issued the following statement on racism in America: "Since JSRI was founded in 2007, we have taken the pope’s call seriously. The legacy of slavery haunts the Gulf South, both in memory and in reality: it is one of our nation’s great sins for which we have never made atonement. Its effects, and the effects of decades of convict leasing, Jim Crow laws, redlining, and mass incarceration, are glaringly obvious today. Along with studying the effects of past issues, we look at other ways in which racism exists in society: through environmental destruction that disproportionately affects communities of color, continued housing segregation, health and wealth disparities, nativist attitudes against immigrants, and the failure of the United States to uphold its treaty obligations to Native Americans. Fueled by our faith, we are committed to seeking racial justice in the Gulf South."
Last updated November 20th, 2023
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