Loyola University Maryland

Office of Equity and Inclusion

Meet the Team

Rodney L. Parker, Ph.D., Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer
Rodney L. Parker, Ph.D. Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer

Dr. Parker serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and leads the President’s Council on Equity and Inclusion. He works to address challenges around racism and diversity issues to help Loyola become the welcoming, inclusive Jesuit, Catholic university we aspire to be.

Read Dr. Parker's message to the Loyola community to open the new academic year.

Headshot of Rhona Little, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist
Rhona Little Diversity and Inclusion Specialist

Ms. Little provides direct support to university community members and has a significant role in the implementation of the university’s vision and strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Within the Office of Equity and Inclusion, Ms. Little’s responsibilities include developing and leading inclusive trainings for students and employees, collaborating with campus partners to implement DEI best practices, overseeing the Undergraduate Diversity Advisory Board, coordinating Loyola's Safe Zone program, and planning university-wide events, such as the Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation.

Ms. Little also serves as a Title IX Intake Officer, Sister to Sister Mentor, Restorative Practices Facilitator, and member of the Mental Health Taskforce and the President's Council for Equity and Inclusion.

Ms. Little's greatest passion is to help people feel seen, heard, and valued. She is a proud alumna of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Health Administration and Policy, and the University of Maryland College Park, where she earned her
Master of Public Health in Community and Behavioral Health.