The LMU Anti-Racism Project

Black Lives Matter supporters demonstrating at LMU

The Anti-Racism Project is rooted in our Catholic, Jesuit, and Marymount identity and university mission, where we regard and treat each other with respect, recognizing the inherent dignity and immutable humanity of all peoples, made in the image of God.  We are called to be persons for and with others, acting out of our faith—inclusive of our varied religious traditions and worldviews—towards social justice for all.

Overview of The Anti-Racism Project (Emelyn dela Peña, VP for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)

Details in Cabinet Corner; September 8, 2020

LMU’s Anti-Racism Project invites and challenges members of the LMU community to engage in a collective commitment to anti-racism at multiple levels (e.g., institution-wide, unit-level, individual) and through different modalities (e.g., dialogue, workshops, reading, personal and communal reflection, prayer, examination of data, etc.). Anti-racism presents each of us with particular personal challenges, given our various cultural realities, social positions, religious traditions/personal worldviews, and lived experiences. Each of us is responsible for growing into anti-racism from where we are. Moving towards anti-racism as an institution, however, means that we commit to using our varied roles, training, experiences and perspectives to identify systemic issues, problem-solve, and hold our units accountable as we implement solutions and move our institution forward in a lifelong process of learning.

Year 1 Outcomes and Progress

Overview the LMU Anti-Racism Project and see what steps units and individuals across campus have been taking to transform our structures and systems for a more equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist LMU.

Black Students, Staff and Faculty Speak Out

#BlackatLMU, August 2020
Black LMU Student Demands

Actions Beyond Words: BFSA
The Black Faculty and Staff Association's Response and Challenge to the President

BLM & Education
LMU Student Melanie An ('23)

Film & Production (SFTV)
Digital Storytelling Project

Taking a look at how the Black Lives Matter movement has impacted education and curriculum at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles

Presidential Commitments

Letters from President Snyder:

Three Commitments to Anti-Racism, Outlined in Beyond Words

“We will increase the diversity and inclusiveness of our LMU community and commit resources to do so.”

“We will ensure that our organizational climate and culture are anti-racist, equitable, and inclusive, with particular attention to anti-Black racism.”

“An LMU education must be unequivocally inclusive and anti-racist.”

Levels of Engagement



Shared Vision and Campus Awareness

Develop shared vision for initiative that is grounded in mission and overarching goals

Establish common language and use of terms

Educate on big picture to increase campus awareness and investment



Empowerment and Capacity Building

Empower participation and ownership by units

Translate vision into deliverables that make sense and are meaningful to units

Identify measurable action steps that facilitate transparency and accountability  



Personal Growth and Professional Development

Invite individuals to engage in deeper work of unlearning racism

Promote personal growth and connection with others 

Connect personal learning to professional activities

Register for an Implicit Bias Workshop

LMU’s Implicit Bias Initiative, which launched in October 2016, remains an important focus for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Our IB workshops help administrators, faculty, staff, and students achieve bias literacy; encourage administrators, faculty, staff, and students to use their new knowledge by engaging in intentional behavioral changes that reduce the activation and application of implicit bias; and supports a change in cultural norms across all components of LMU’s environment. 

Individuals can contribute to a culture and climate of inclusive excellence by attending a workshop. Contact to request a workshop for your team or for more information on upcoming workshops. 

Cultural Consciousness Conversations

Cultural Consciousness Conversations is a project of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in collaboration with Ethnic & Intercultural Services. This cohort of faculty, staff, and administrators from various divisions around campus get together once a month to share stories, learn from one another, examine societal norms and cultural differences, and deepen connections across all sectors of the LMU community. The aim of this project is to cultivate intergroup relations, including campus conversations and dialogues around difference. 

Other Resources for Individuals 

Academic and Staff Units

Systemic Analysis 

As we move into a new academic year, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion continues to develop resources, support, and programming that can help facilitate our university’s efforts to address systemic racism in concrete ways.  

How do we proceed with addressing systemic racism?

An internally focused systemic analysis is the first step.  The point of this process is to consider how obstacles are “baked” into our systems and structures for the students we are trying to serve.  In doing so, we flip our perspective from asking “how do we change students to better meet the challenges of an LMU education?”  to “how do we change our institutional structures and processes to be more equitable, responsive, and inclusive in meeting the needs of all our students?”

CURes: Restorative Justice Project

The vision of the LMU Center for Urban Resilience (CURes) Restorative Justice Project (RJ Project) is to impact systemic education reform and transform social structures towards a more just society. Aligning with LMU’s mission and its commitment to anti-racism, Restorative Justice Practices are based on principles that emphasize how positive relationships are central to building community and involve processes that restore communities when harm occurs. The RJ Project offers culturally grounded ways to address conflict through restorative practices trainings, Restorative Conferencing facilitation services, and opportunities to collaborate. For instance, LMU Restore in Student Affairs works in partnership with the RJ Project for staff training as well as for utilizing Restorative Justice Practices to respond to violations of the Student Conduct Code. 

Restorative Practices (RP) is a philosophy that aims to provide communities with safe, inclusive, and effective tools to develop healthy relationships. RP also helps teach Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills such as understanding and managing emotions, exhibiting empathy, and establishing and maintaining positive relationships. The RJ Project provides trainings to equip participants to implement RP in their own divisions.

The RJ Project offers RP training components including:

  • Campus Environment Assessment
  • Implementation
  • Restorative Language Integration
  • Community Building Circles Facilitation
  • Responding to Critical Matters Facilitation
  • Skill-building and Coaching
  • Program Evaluation

When conflict occurs, Restorative Conferences can help hold responsible parties accountable for their actions. A trained, impartial facilitator invites affected parties and their supporters to discuss: 

  • What happened?
  • How has everyone been affected?
  • What can be done to repair the harm?

Restorative Conferences provide a collective discovery process whereby underlying problems can be addressed and potentially help participants connect with much needed resources.  If you are experiencing a conflict at an individual level or trying to figure out how to address a group issue, the RJ Project and LMU Restore stand ready to engage with you, including specific capacity building for your department or area. 

For more information, please contact:

  • Schoene Mahmood
    Program Manager
    Restorative Justice Project
    Center for Urban Resilience
  • Julia Wade
    Associate Director for Restorative Practices
    Office of Student Conduct and Community Responsibility
    Student Affairs


DEI Committees Across Sectors

  • The Presidential Black Leadership Advisory Council (P.B.L.A.C.) has been created to provide guidance, feedback, and support to the university on the Anti-Racism Project.  This work includes reviewing communications, providing critical perspectives and consultation to leadership (directors, deans, VPs, etc), interpreting data (e.g., Equity Scorecard, salary equity findings, etc.) and providing recommendations that will help shape future policies and processes at the university at multiple levels.  The overarching goal of the P.B.L.A.C. is to center the concerns of Black students, faculty, and staff and to provide informed insight and constructive support--given multiple roles, constraints, and realities of university functioning--that will help the university function as an anti-racist institution.

    Faculty Leaders

    Brad Stone, Ph.D. *Co-Chair
    Professor, Philosophy
    BCLA Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

    Christina Eubanks-Turner, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Mathematics (CSE)

    Cheryl Grills, Ph.D.
    Professor of Psychology (BCLA)

    Mitchell L. Hamilton, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Marketing (CBA)

    Eric Miller, LLM
    Professor of Law (LLS)

    Bill Parham, Ph.D., ABPP
    Professor and Interim Director, Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice (SOE)

    Charles Swanson, MFA
    Professor of Film and TV Production (SFTV)

    Staff and Administrative Leaders

    Branden Grimmet, Ed.D. *Co-Chair
    Associate Vice Provost of Career & Professional Development

    Bryant Alexander, Ph.D. 
    Dean of Communication & Fine Arts

    Hon. Irma Brown ‘73
    LMU Board of Trustees

    Beverly Clayton
    Human Resources Associate

    Charles Mason
    Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

    Chris Pearson, J.D. (‘06)
    Loyola Law School Board of Regents

    Erica Privott
    Assistant Director of Engineering, Science & Technology Professions, CPD
    Chair, Black Faculty and Staff Association

    Alicia Sissac
    Investigator, Public Safety

    Student Leaders


    Steven Fuller
    School of Education

    Beatrice Greenberg
    Loyola Law School

    Nicole Osunsanmi
    Loyola Law School


    Amaya Lorick
    African American Studies, BCLA

    Tyair Milledge

    Lauren Morrison
    Psychology, BCLA


  • The Intercultural Advisory Committee's objective is to advise and make recommendations to the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion regarding policies, procedures, programs, documents, and issues; Identify and implement strategies within their units that encourage leadership and involvement of faculty, staff and students in transforming LMU from a multicultural organization to an intercultural community; educate the University community about intercultural affairs as it relates to academic excellence and institutional viability.


    Kathleen Kim
    Associate Dean for Equity & Inclusion, Loyola Law School

    Julia Lee, Ph.D.
    English, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

    Eric Miller
    Professor of Law, Loyola Law School

    Leena Pendharkar, Ph.D.
    Film & TV Production, School of Film & Television

    Gregory Ruzzin, M.F.A.
    Production, School of Film & Television

    Marta Sanchez, Ph.D.
    Bilingual Education, School of Education

    Charles Swanson
    Associate Dean, School of Film and Television

    Heather Tarleton, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean, Seaver College of Science and Engineering

    Jennifer Williams, Ph.D.
    African American Studies, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts


    Emelyn de la Peña, Ed.D. *Chair
    Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Joseph Bernardo, Ph.D.
    Associate, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Kristine Brancolini, M.L.S.
    Dean, William H. Hannon Library

    Kim Misa
    Research Associate, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Steven Neal
    Director, Academic Community of Excellence

    Katherine Pérez
    Director, Coelho Center, Loyola Law School

    Rob Raichlen
    Senior Director of Communications, Marketing & Communications

    John Sebastian, Ph.D.
    Vice President for Mission and Ministry

    Jade Smith
    Associate Dean, Student Affairs

    Sara Trivedi
    Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources

    Linda Rivera
    Admin Specialist, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Ariane White, Ed.D.
    Director, TRHT Center Alliance


    Brion Dennis
    Chief Programming Officer, ASLMU

    Kayla Dillard
    Community Affairs Chair, BLSA, Loyola Law School

    André Enriquez
    LLS Student Senator, GSLMU

    Danielle Nuñez (’19)
    Alumna, BCLA

    Brenda Quintanilla (‘19)
    Alumna, BCLA

    Vice President, GSLMU 


  • The objective of the Intercultural Faculty Committee is to help cultivate and express the University’s commitment to diversity and interculturalism within the academic life and academic programs of the University.


    Jennifer Williams, Ph.D. *Chair
    African American Studies, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

    Shaun Anderson, Ph.D.
    Communication Studies, College of Communication & Fine Arts

    Lei Huang, Ph.D.
    Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Seaver College of Science & Engineering

    Terese Aceves, Ph.D.
    Specialized Programs in Professional Psychology, School of Education

    Joshua Mason, Ph.D.
    Philosophy, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

    Louvenia Jackson, Ph.D.
    Marital and Family Therapy, College of Communication & Fine Arts

    Anu Kapse, Ph.D.
    Film & Television Studies, School of Film & Television

    Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu, Ph.D.
    Theological Studies, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

    Ernesto Colín, Ph.D.
    Teaching and Learning, School of Education

  • The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Data Working Group has been charged with providing university leadership with recommendations for the identification, collection, sharing, and dissemination of disaggregated data at LMU as follows:

    • Identify and define a comprehensive set of diversity, equity and inclusion data variables that fully represent and celebrate the diversity of the LMU community (students, staff and faculty).
    • Examine data collection processes as they relate to newly defined DEI data definitions and develop a set of recommendations to ensure a formalized data collection and archiving process. 
    • Develop a robust DEI data sharing policy and procedure recommendation that is grounded in data transparency, access, training, and security. 
    • Provide recommendations for a comprehensive DEI dashboard to ensure relevant metrics are available for community consumption.  

    Jennifer Belichesky-Larson *Chair
    Assistant Vice Provost, Strategic Initiatives

    Jean-Paul Andrieu
    Director, Strategy, Architecture & Analytics

    Jeffery Callaghan 
    Director, Advancement Information Services

    Roberto Cancio
    Assistant Professor, Sociology/Director, BCLA Laboratory for Social Research

    Rebecca Chandler
    Vice President, Human Resources

    Christine A. Chavez 
    Senior Director, Institutional Research & Decision Support

    Deanna Cooke
    Assistant Professor, Psychology/Director, BCLA Engaged Learning

    Clark Ryan-Gonzalez 
    Director, Student Affairs Research and Assessment

    Joel Gutierrez 
    Associate Director, Student Leadership & Development

    Rebecca Hong 
    Senior Director, Educational Effectiveness and Assessment/WSCUC Accreditation Liaison Officer

    Mark Houlemarde 
    Associate, Academic Affairs

    Rosemary Kim 
    Associate Professor, Accounting

    Priscilla Levine 
    Director, Disability Support Services

    Kim Misa 
    Research Associate, Intercultural Affairs

    William D. Parham 
    Professor, Counseling Program/Director, Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership for Social Justice

    Katherine Perez 
    Director, Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy, and Innovation

    William Perez 
    Professor, Educational Leadership

    Csilla Samay 
    Assistant Dean, International Student & Initiatives

    Jennifer Silverman 
    University Registrar

  • Student Affairs Equity & Inclusion Committee

    Lisha Maddox *Chair
    Director of Student Success 

    Csilla Samay
    Assistant Dean for International Students and Initiatives 

    Henry Ward
    Assistant Dean for Ethnic and Intercultural Services 

    Patrick Furlong
    Director of the Center for Service and Action 

    Dino Entac
    Assistant Director for Resident Ministry and Leadership 

    Alyssa Perez
    Assistant Director, Alternative Breaks, CSA 

    Jamal Epperson
    Resident Director


  • Library D.E.I. Taskforce

    Jamie Hazlitt
    Interim Associate Dean

    Nicole Murph
    Library Assistant III - Reference

    Alexis Weiss
    Librarian II - Reference

    Ray Andrade
    Librarian II - Student Engagement

    Marisa Ramirez
    Library Assistant III - Archives & Special Collection

    Reggie Melonson
    Patron Database Supervisor Library Assistant

    Jill Cornelio
    Administrative Specialist, Library

    Taylor Parks
    Library Assistant II - Cataloging


  • University Advancement's Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Lisa Jackson *Chair
    Director of Special Events

    Vanessa Arredondo
    Director of Development, Parent Philanthropy

    Darian Bryant
    Senior Engagement Coordinator, Alumni Engagement

    Carla Cruz
    Assistant Director, Alumni Engagement

    Charlien Church
    Assistant Director of Annual Leadership Giving

    Christiana Simpson
    Talent Acquisition and Retention Specialist, University Advancement

    Yvonne Wehrmann
    Director of Development, Academic Affairs and Mission & Ministry

    Kristi Wade
    Vice President, University Advancement

  • MarComm's Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Arianna Danova
    Senior Administrative Coordinator

    Earl Hardy
    Marketing and Communications Manager, Graduate Admission 

    Mike Harris 
    Associate Athletic Director, Community Engagement

    Raymundo Hernandez-Lopez

    Katie Jones 
    Director of Marketing and Brand Management 

    Tracy Mlakar 
    Director, Advancement Communications 

    Fred Puza
    Associate Director, Community Relations  

    Justine Saquilayan
    Digital Marketing Manager 

    Ben Sullivan 
    Director, Communication Services and Digital Solutions 

    Marianna Villa
    Executive Director,  External Relations

  • The BCLA Diversity & Inclusion Working Group is charged with creating a Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan for the college. Through a deliberative process, which included focus groups and College leadership and College-wide discussion, supported by an OIA Inclusive Excellence Grant, the group developed a BCLA Strategic Plan that was endorsed by the BCLA College Council in May, 2019. The group continues to work on concrete metrics and outcomes and supported the Dean’s efforts to develop a BCLA Diversity and Inclusion Implementation Table, which was endorsed by the BCLA College Council in February, 2020. As an outcome of BCLA’s diversity, equity, and inclusion process, Stefan Bradley was appointed as the inaugural BCLA Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives. Professor Bradley will continue BCLA’s efforts for at least the next two years.

    BCLA Diversity & Inclusion Working Group

    Stefan Bradley *Co-Chair
    Professor of African American Studies and BCLA Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, Co-Chair

    Jon Rothchild *Co-Chair
    Professor of Theological Studies and BCLA Associate Dean, Co-Chair

    Marne Campbell
    Associate Professor and Chair of African American Studies

    Eliza Rodriguez y Gibson
    Professor and Chair of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies

    Rebeca Acevedo
    Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures

    Negin Ghavami
    Assistant Professor of Psychology

    Douglas Christie
    Chair of Theological Studies

  • CBA DEI Project Taskforce

    Lawrence Kalbers
    Associate Dean, CBA

    Nola Wanta
    Senior Director of Recruiting & Relationship Management

    Dayle Smith
    Dean, CBA

    Diana Perez
    Senior Administrative Coordinator, CBA

    Noriko Sato Ward
    Administrative Coordinator, CBA

    Chiray Koo
    Program Associate, Center for Ethics & Business

    Roberta Kuhlman
    Senior Director, University Development/CBA

    Aidin Namin
    Assistant Professor of Marketing and Business Law

    Leigh Fine
    Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Business Programs

    Christine Johnson
    Director of Graduate Business Engagement

    Debbi Durio-Taylor
    Senior Administrative Coordinator, CBA

    Christley Agbaroji

    Alexis Smith

    Laurine Forget

  • The College of Communication and Fine Arts has deep commitments to transformative education and social justice.  These foundations inform the various aspects of our College community and will carry forward into the work that the College now undertakes in response to the University’s broad diversity, equity and inclusion  initiatives. This work, newly operationalized in alignment with the specific objectives and timelines set out by the University, extends the always critical, always mission-driven work that is at the heart of CFA’s social and intellectual culture.

    Steering Committee

    In response to the University’s call for DEI action, accountability and assessment at the Unit level, CFA is implementing a College-Wide Steering Committee to organize College DEI activities, conduct College-level analyses and generate, where appropriate, College-level action items.

    This Steering Committee will have the following representation:

    • Dean: Bryant K. Alexander, Charge and ex-officio member
    • Dean’s Office: Michele Hammers, Associate Dean and Elaine Walker, Assistant Dean
    • Departmental Representation (in most cases, one faculty member or advanced graduate student per Department):
      • Art History: Melody Rod-ari
      • Communication Studies: Kyra Pearson
      • Dance: Kristen Smiarowski and Laura Smyth
      • Marital and Family Therapy: Amanda Martin
      • Music: Martha Masters
      • Studio Arts: Selwa Sweidan
      • Theatre: Christopher Murillo
    • Staff Members from Across Job Functions:
      • Senior Administrative Coordinator: Lisa Tanaka
      • Academic Advisor: Jameia McDuffie
      • Technical Support: [pending]
    • Current Students and Recent Graduates:
      • Jose Camacho
      • Abigail Manullang
      • Simrah Farrukh

    In addition to meeting and working as a whole, the Steering Committee will utilize smaller working groups to engage in targeted tasks.  Other individuals within the College have expressed interest in supporting the Steering Committee’s efforts and will be included in working groups as appropriate.

  • Loyola Law School's Equity and Inclusion Committee
    Eric Miller (Co-chair)
    Professor of Law 
    Anne Wells (Co-chair)
    Director of Academic Success Clinical Professor of Law
    Kathleen Kim (ex-officio)
    Associate Dean of Equity & Inclusion
    Aimee Dudovitz (ex-officio)
    Associate Dean for Clinical/Experiential Ed. 
    Gary Williams
    Mary Strauss
    Priscilla Ocen
    Grant Hoover
    Director of Annual Giving
    Arion Rogers
    Student Affairs 
    Diana Barbadillo
    Executive Assistant to Dean
    Eden Teferi
    BLSA President (2L)
    Beatrice Greenberg
    BLSA Advocacy Chair (2L) 
  • Dean's DEI Advisory Group

    Tina Choe *Chair
    Dean, Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering

    Heather Tarleton
    Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Seaver College of Science and Engineering

    Ben Fitzpatrick
    Clarence Wallen, SJ, Chair, Mathematics

    Suzanne Larson
    Professor and Associate Dean, Seaver College of Science and Engineering

    Barbara Marino
    Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

    NaKesha Mayfield
    Assistant to Dean, Academic Affairs Associate

    Jeremy McCallum
    Professor, Chemistry

    Nazmul Ula
    Professor and Associate Dean, Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering

    Carl Urbinati
    Associate Professor, Biology

    Kat Weaver
    Associate Provost for Research, Professional Development, and Online Learning
  • To support the University’s efforts to engage in an institutional reflection and action process, and to address SOE community concerns that we take substantive and timely actions that reflect our commitment to supporting equity and social justice while working to eradicate racism, and other pernicious forms of oppression, the SOE has established the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Committee (DAC) as a standing committee.

    Visit the School of Education's D.E.I. Website.

    The purpose of the DAC is to collaboratively lead, design and coordinate equity, inclusion, and diversity-related processes and programs for the LMU School of Education that are consistent with the SOE’s philosophy on diversity, equity, and inclusion as articulated in the SOE Conceptual Framework and the University’s commitment to reflection and anti-racist action as articulated by President Tim Snyder in his message Beyond Words. As such, the DAC will work to foster a stronger understanding of social inequities and historical forces of oppression, to investigate systemic forms of racism and oppression, to reduce institutional barriers for people of color and other marginalized groups, and to foster an inclusive culture in which all faculty, staff, and students can reach their full potential. 

    The DAC will work closely with the SOE’s Leadership Team to foster the schools’ diversity and equity mission.  In collaboration with the SOE Dean and leadership team, the inaugural DAC will establish goals and create a 3-year plan for actions and outcomes with indicators of measurable progress on DAC activities and actions.

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Committee Membership 2020-2022

    Emily Fisher *Co-Chair
    Professor, Specialized Programs in Professional Psychology 

    Will Perez *Co-Chair
    Professor, Educational Leadership

    Maia Hoskin
    Assistant Professor, Specialized Programs in Professional Psychology

    Kyo Yamashiro
    Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership

    Ani Shabazian
    Professor, Teaching & Learning, Director, LMU Children's Center

    Darin Earley
    Director, LMU Family of Schools

    Ariane White
    Supervisor/Coordinator of Clinical Fieldwork

    Lauren Black
    M.A. Student

    Allison Nava-Holstein
    Ed.D. Student

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Council:

    Charles Swanson *Coordinator
    Professor of Cinematography, Film & Television Production

    Miranda Banks
    Associate Professor of Film &  Television Production 

    Leena Pendharkar 
    Assistant Professor of Film & Television Production

    Beth Serlin
    Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, SFTV

    John Strauss 
    Assistant Professor of Screenwriting 

    Kennedy Wheatley 
    Assistant Professor of Film & Television Production 

    Laura Greenlee
    Head of Physical Production 

    Kristine Quiocho
    Academic Affairs Associate, Administration & Planning

    Mikayla Gingrey Osborne
    Senior, Screenwriting

    Dongwon Oh 
    First Year, Writing & Producing for Television 

    Zainab Sillah 
    Second Year, Graduate, Screenwriting 

Listening Sessions

Racism & Trauma in the Modern Moment - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosted over 500 LMU community members -- students, faculty and staff -- at a virtual forum designed to acknowledge the trauma of systemic violence against African Americans. The conversation was oriented towards students and all community members negatively affected by the violence leading to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, the most recent victims of a longstanding, ongoing, historical trauma. Facilitators included: Dr. Stefan Bradley (BCLA), Megan Castillo '19 (graduate student and community organizer), Dr. Cheryl Grills (BCLA), and Henry Ward (EIS). At this forum, many students were given the space to share their feelings, experiences, and expectations of the university; a beginning step to the anti-racism project. 

University Advancement

LMU Solidarity Hour - Alumni Engagement partnered with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to change LMU Global Happy Hour to LMU Solidarity Hour. Participants were able to listen and learn about how we can advocate for change in our own communities, reflecting our values as people for and with others. Dr. Cheryl Grills (Professor of Psychology) lead discussions on how to emancipate our minds in order to create a just society. 

Black Alumni Panel - Alumni Engagement in collaboration with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the African American Alumni Association, hosted their first Black Alumni Panel. During this discussion, we heard stories from our alumni to help inform and guide the university’s commitment and strategy to address systemic oppression and anti-Black racism in a comprehensive manner. Participants attended a breakout session of their choice based on their preference by College/School, Athletics or Student Affairs. Notes from the listening session will guide the university with next steps to assure an LMU experience and education that is inclusive and anti-racist. 

African American Alumni Association Ambassadors Meetings - The African American Alumni Association (AAAA) was established to provide financial assistance to deserving undergraduate LMU students who achieve academically and actively support their community. AAAA ambassadors volunteer as an extension of the university to promote and support LMU within their Lion network representing the Black student and alumni community. AAAA ambassadors meet annually to discuss fundraising, scholarships, alumni events, and other university updates. 

Contact to learn about upcoming listening sessions and opportunities for further feedback.