Message from the President
As a university community, Loyola University Maryland has made a commitment to work to address diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. While we have made significant strides in diversifying our student body, faculty, staff, and administration over the past decade, we recognize that as a community we still have much work to do. Particularly with the creation of our new strategic plan, The Ignatian Compass: Guiding Loyola University Maryland to Ever Greater Excellence, we have recognized that creating an inclusive campus climate must be a priority for us at Loyola.
Racial justice training will be key to changing that culture on campus. To take this important next step, we have enlisted Baltimore Racial Justice Action to assess the specific needs for racial justice training and to create and conduct the first steps of the training. We are grateful to BRJA for serving as Loyola’s partner through this challenging, but essential process.
As we participate in the training, I hope it inspires even more of the open, enriching conversations we have been engaging in during recent years, as we work actively toward creating greater justice in our world.
We are not merely spectators to the issues on our campus and in the greater community. Our Jesuit, Catholic mission challenges our students—and, indeed, each of us, to determine our role in addressing the issues of social justice that are at the root of many of the issues our city, state, and nation are facing.
This multi-year process will strengthen our community and help us come together to fight racial injustice and intolerance. I hope you will each embrace this opportunity to work together toward greater equity and inclusion on our campus and beyond.
Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.