Loyola University Maryland

Office of Equity and Inclusion

Upcoming Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Events

Use the information below to register for any of these events. Please register at least 24 hours in advance to ensure you receive information pertaining to cancellations or location changes.

Upcoming Safe Zone Trainings

Safe Zone at Loyola University Maryland fosters an affirming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans & gender non-conforming, queer, pansexual, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQPIA+) members of the University community and their allies. In support of the University’s mission to promote intellectual excellence and ethical leadership in the Jesuit tradition, Safe Zone at Loyola:

  • Cultivates dialogue, understanding, and fellowship among all University community members around LGBTQPIA+ issues and contributions
  • Sponsors designated Safe Zones around campus that offer safety, support, and confidentiality for LGBTQPIA+ students and their allies
  • Offers training to faculty, staff, administrators, and students on how to fully welcome, support, and value LGBTQPIA+ people and perspectives in the University community

Becoming Safe Zone trained at Loyola is a three-step process. Training sessions should be completed in order and upon completion of Session 3, participants have the opportunity to sign a commitment to contributing to an affirming campus for LGBTQPIA+ members. When you see a Safe Zone sticker on campus, it indicates that person completed the entirety of Loyola's Safe Zone program.

Fall 2023 Safe Zone Training Dates:

Session 1: LGBTQPIA+ Awareness

Session 2: Allyship (must have completed Session 1)

Session 3: Creating LGBTQPIA+ Affirming Spaces (must have completed Sessions 1 & 2)

Upcoming Bunting Peace and Justice Speaker Series

The Bunting Peace and Justice Speaker Series, made possible with a generous gift from Mary Catherine Bunting, hosts speakers and events that contribute to raising awareness about peace and justice issues.

"Pathways to Peace in Israel-Palestine: Lessons Learned" featuring Mohammed Abu-Nimer, PhD

Thursday, November 16, 2023
5 pm
McGuire Hall West

Dr. Mohamed Abu-Nimer is a full professor, and the inaugural Abdul Azis Said Endowed Chair for Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University. He is a founder of the Salam Institute and a member of the Nonviolence International Board of Directors. He is the author of 13 books including Islam and Nonviolence, and is a global authority on interfaith dialogue. While his research has focused on a wide array of areas in peacebuilding and conflict resolution, his most recent areas of focus have included faith-based peacebuilding, interfaith dialogue in peacebuilding and building social cohesion, and pedagogical considerations on incorporating peace and forgiveness education in the Arab world and Muslim world. In addition to his research and teaching in the areas of conflict resolution and peacebuilding, Dr. Abu-Nimer has conducted interreligious conflict resolution training and interfaith dialogue workshops in conflict areas around the world, such as in, Egypt, Northern Ireland, the Philippines (Mindanao), Israel, Palestine, Chad, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka. He has a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, an MA from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a BA from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. 

Register for "Pathways to Peace in Israel-Palestine" on the Bridge here!
All are welcome! This event is free and open to the public.

"The 272: The Families Who Were Enslaved and Sold to Build the American Catholic Church" featuring Rachel Swarns

March 21, 2024
6 pm
McGuire Hall West

Rachel L. Swarns is an acclaimed journalist, author, and NYU professor who investigates the history of American slavery, examining how we live with this history and how it shapes who we are today. Through her critically acclaimed books and inspiring talks, she challenges us to work to overcome the legacy of racial injustice in our churches, schools, and communities. Rachel’s most recent book, The 272, tells the story of the nearly 300 enslaved people who were sold by a group of America’s most prominent Catholic priests in order to fund what would become Georgetown University. Rachel follows one family through almost two centuries of enslavement, uncovering not only the stories of these forgotten people, but also how the legacy of the slave trade still shapes our institutions—from banks to universities—today. Her work has been recognized and supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, the Leon Levy Center for Biography, the Biographers International Organization, the MacDowell artist residency program, and others. In 2023, she was elected to the Society of American Historians. She has appeared on numerous national programs, including NPR, PBS NewsHour, CNN, and CBS This Morning.

Register for "The 272" on the Bridge here! 
All are welcome! This event is free and open to the public.

"Truth-telling, Racial Justice and Healing in the United States" featuring Fania E. Davis, PhD, JD

Tuesday, April 2, 2024
McGuire Hall West

Fania E. Davis is a leading national voice on restorative justice. She is a long-time social justice activist, civil rights trial attorney, restorative justice practitioner, writer, professor and scholar with a PhD in Indigenous Knowledge. She came of age in Birmingham, Alabama, during the social ferment of the civil rights era; the murder of two close childhood friends in the 1963 Sunday School bombing crystallized within her a passionate commitment to social transformation. For the next decades, she was active in the Civil Rights, Black liberation, women’s, prisoners’, peace, anti-racial violence and anti-apartheid movements. Studying with indigenous healers, particularly in Africa, catalyzed her search for a healing justice, ultimately leading her to bring restorative justice to Oakland, California. Founding Director of Restorative Justice of Oakland Youth (RJOY), her numerous honors include the Ubuntu award for service to humanity, the Dennis Maloney Award for excellence in Youth Restorative Justice, World Trust’s Healing Justice award, the Tikkun (Repair the World) award, the Ella Baker/Septima Clark Award, the Bioneer’s Changemaker Award, and the Ebony POWER 100 award. She is a Woodrow Wilson fellow, and the Los Angeles Times named her a New Civil Rights Leader of the 21st Century

Register for "Truth-telling, Racial Justice and Healing in the United States" on the Bridge here!
All are welcome! This event is free and open to the public.

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