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The Jesuit tradition calls us to participate and engage in respectful dialogue and to listen with ears of compassion. Loyola Academy is committed to engaging in important and ongoing conversations with students, faculty, staff, alumni and other community members around ways to build a welcoming, accepting school culture and climate in which all members feel a genuine sense of belonging. With the support of the Loyola Academy Board of Trustees and administration, we will commit the time, attention, and resources necessary to sustain focus on several key pathways for healing:

Student Support Services

Developing pathways of communication between students and administration; ongoing education and formation geared toward empowering students to be inclusive upstanders and self-advocates in and out of the building

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Examining the current curriculum and seeking ways to include more diverse perspectives and  robust dialogues on race and Catholic social teaching in a more culturally responsive and Ignatian way


Hiring and Human Resources

Diversifying our applicant pool by expanding the outreach of job postings; instating implicit bias training as part of new faculty and staff onboarding



Professional Development

Ongoing professional development examining implicit bias, Catholic Social Teaching, and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy




We are a compassionate and hopeful community. As we continue to develop a course of action and demonstrate practical steps for our community to move forward, we will share those updates here. We will continue to listen, learn and chart our course forward—together.

Current and Future Steps and Policies

  • Engaging the service of a diversity, equity and inclusion consultant to assist in establishing a multi-year, comprehensive strategic plan for the school
  • Articulating a clearer, more accessible process for students to express concerns about incidents of bias and for school administration to follow up
  • Making more explicit the prohibition of hate speech and other forms of bigotry on campus with clear consequences outlined in the student handbook
  • Developing a multi-year plan with goals and strategies regarding the recruitment, hiring and support of faculty and staff of color
  • Working together with parent and alumni networks to address ongoing efforts in creating a positive school culture

Committee and Group Work

List of 4 items.

  • Student Diversity Board

    This is a collection of committed Rambler leaders charged with discussing, educating, promoting and leading student diversity, social justice, equity and inclusion efforts at Loyola. Leaders of the Board meets regularly with the President, Principal, Assistant Principal of Students Services,  Director of School Culture and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a means of open dialogue and feedback.
  • Faculty and Staff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

    Tasked with collaborating with the administration on examining the curriculum, programs, policies, procedures, pedagogy, professional development and leading efforts within departments to more intentionally live Loyola's mission.
  • Parent/Guardian BIPOC Group

    This network of parents is committed to helping address and confronting racism within Loyola Academy. The group will provide guidance and expertise to the administration in school-wide DEI efforts.
  • Alumni BIPOC Group

    A dedicated network of BIPOC Rambler alumni who will advise and assist in student engagement efforts—mentoring/sponsorship, courageous conversations and professional formation. The group will meet regularly with the Vice President for Alumni and Network Engagement and the Director of School Culture.
If you would like to be included in one of these groups, please reach out to our Director of School Culture Mr. Chris Penna at cpenna@loy.org. For more information, please visit our School Culture page.

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  • Boys' Youth Group Hosts Diversity Dialogue: Your Life Matters

    On Wednesday, October 14, over 150 participants tuned in to Diversity Dialogue: Your Life Matters, the second conversation in a Zoom series hosted by the Boys’ Youth Group of Loyola’s African American Youth Group (AAYG). The discussion featured notable scholars Jacqueline Battalora, PhD, and David Stovall, PhD, and explored the false dichotomy that portrays the Black Lives Matter movement as anti-police and anti-law enforcement.
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Community Communications

List of 4 items.

  • Sent July 2, 2020

    Dear Rambler Community,
     
    We continue to be grateful to all the students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni who have shared constructive pathways forward in our desire to be a more inclusive and supportive community for all our members. Many have reached out because they care deeply about Loyola Academy and seeing our community thrive. We are committed to working with you to bring this about.
     
    In addition to goals already outlined on our Confronting Racism web page, we further commit to the following:
     
    Future Steps and Policies:
    • Engaging the service of a diversity, equity and inclusion consultant to assist in establishing a multi-year, comprehensive strategic plan for the school;
    • Articulating a clearer, more accessible process for students to express concerns about incidents of bias and for school administration to follow up;
    • Making more explicit the prohibition of hate speech and other forms of bigotry on campus with clear consequences outlined in the student handbook;
    • Developing a multi-year plan with goals and strategies regarding the recruitment, hiring and support of faculty and staff of color.
    Committee and Group Work:
    • Creating a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee composed of faculty and staff members that will advise the school administration on curriculum, professional development and student experience;
    • Launching a Student Diversity Board that will facilitate regular meetings between the leadership of Loyola's student diversity groups and heritage clubs and the principal and director of school culture;
    • Establishing a group for parents/guardians of students of color that will serve as a supportive network, help advise pathways forward and work with the Loyola community in addressing racism;
    • Forming an Alumni of Color group that will advise and assist in student engagement efforts—mentoring/sponsorship, courageous conversations and professional formation.
    If you would like to be included in one of these groups, please reach out to Director of School Culture Mr. Chris Penna at cpenna@loy.org.
     
    There will, of course, be more we can do as we continue to reflect on our experiences and make practical, sustainable plans for improvement. We will keep you updated and invite your assistance and collaboration.
     
    St. Ignatius Loyola reminds us that we are all loved sinners. It is a fundamental tenet of our faith that we are deeply dependent on God for forgiveness and the freedom to share mercy and compassion with a hurting world. As Christians, we are rooted in the hope that assures us that God’s love is more potent than any sin or division. May these challenging days be a time of rebirth and new beginnings for all of us.
     
    Sincerely,
    Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ
    President
    Charles W. Heintz
    Principal
  • Sent June 25, 2020

    Dear Rambler Community,
     
    As we continue the important work of responding to the call for justice and eradicating racism in our midst, we invite you to view this special video message.
     
    Learn specifics about Loyola's plan to move forward here.
     
    Sincerely,
    Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ
    President
    Charles W. Heintz
    Principal
  • Sent June 6, 2020

    Dear Rambler Community,
     
    We are reaching out to inform you about a video that has surfaced on social media of a current Loyola Academy student using racist language and Loyola's response to this serious incident. We are all disappointed and angered by the content of the video and responded immediately upon being notified.
     
    Members of Loyola Academy's administration, including Dean's Office and Principal's Office, conducted a swift investigation, and the student in the video has been disciplined. Due to Loyola's student privacy policy, specific measures related to the disciplinary plan taken cannot be shared. However, we recognize that the community needs to know that we acted on this issue. We want to assure the entire Loyola Academy community that we deem this behavior to be abhorrent and that disciplinary measures have been taken. 
     
    Loyola Academy condemns racism in all forms. We understand that as an institution we have much more work to do in this area. Loyola is not a perfect community, but we are here to listen, learn and strive to do better. This is a call for education, compassion and learning. The sin of racism runs deep in our country, our institutions and our own hearts. The conversion of each of us is an ongoing, lifelong reality, and we are painfully aware of the ways that we fail. As a Catholic school we are called to confront racism and work toward healing and reconciliation. We will continue to strive to create a loving environment that supports our students and families.
     
    We appreciate all of the students and community members who have reached out to us expressing concerns over this insensitive act. This demonstrates the Loyola community's refusal to accept racially offensive behavior. We all need to pledge to do our part to end racism.
     
    Sincerely,
    Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ
    President
    Charles W. Heintz
    Principal
  • Sent June 1, 2020

    A Call to Address Racism in Our Hearts and Community
     
    Dear Rambler Community,
     
    The sin of racism continues to infect our country, our institutions and our own hearts. Events of the past few days have served to bring to the fore the pain, division and injustice that so many of our sisters and brothers live with every day of their lives. As the Catholic bishops of our country have written:
     
    Some among us may want to believe that our country has moved beyond the reality of racism that has so profoundly stained its past, or that racism does not involve us. Almost every day, news headlines demonstrate that our country's "original sin" of racism continues to impact the lives of many Americans, many of them Catholic—particularly those who belong to the African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American communities.
     
    The killing of George Floyd and the violence inflicted on so many others serve as shameful reminders of the lethal and persistent injustice experienced by people of color in our country every day. The sin runs deep and it involves all of us. The call to conversion that lives at the heart of our Catholic faith demands a response from us. Peaceful protesters help us to hear that call more clearly.
     
    Our mission is to form young women and men to follow the example of Jesus Christ who calls each individual to a conversion, a change of heart, that manifests in actions consistent with the reign of God. The conversion of each of us is an ongoing, lifelong reality, and we are painfully aware of the ways that we fail. As St. Ignatius teaches us, we must experience ourselves as loved sinners who reflect daily on our call to deeper conversion and the love that manifests itself in deeds more than words.
     
    We pray that, as the Loyola community, we might hear this call to conversion, mercy and justice anew. We are a school and we have been entrusted with the formation of young hearts and minds. We need to do more in our efforts to be an inclusive and welcoming community. In recent days, we have been listening to our students of color share their experiences. We want them to know that they are loved and that they belong to Loyola. We are heartbroken when they relay experiences that contradict those truths. We pledge to continue to walk with them and together to confront the sins that divide us.
     
    In the past several years we have made significant efforts to challenge and support one another in our mission to be a more inclusive community. With the leadership of a dedicated director of school culture, we have reviewed our curriculum, offered professional development opportunities for faculty and staff members and broadened student exposure to important social issues. Moving forward, we will prioritize collaboration with our student-led Diversity Board in the development of antiracism education throughout the curriculum and restorative practices that utilize education and reconciliation in the promotion of justice.
     
    Finally, we believe in the power of prayer. We believe that God is always with us, especially in the darkest hours. Join us in praying that God will continue to change our hearts and move us to greater love.
     
    Sincerely,
    Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ
    President
    Charles W. Heintz
    Principal

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