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During this time of remote work and learning, the Office of Intercultural Affairs continues to develop resources, support, and programming that can help facilitate our university’s efforts to address systemic racism in concrete ways.  Aligned with President Snyder’s commitments in Beyond Words, and our university mission, where faith and justice are always intertwined, our objective is to equip all academic and staff units to fully engage in a process leading to anti-racism.  The Systemic Analysis process is designed to help guide this unit-level self-reflection.

The point of the systemic analysis process is to consider how obstacles are “baked” into our systems and structures, presenting often-invisible barriers for fully addressing the needs of all our students, especially those who are minoritized and/or marginalized in our society. In doing so, we flip our perspective from asking “how do we change our students to better fit the requirements of our system?” to “how do we adapt our institutional structures and processes to be more equitable, responsive, and inclusive in meeting the needs of all our students?”  From this unit-level reflection, we can begin identifying the issues we need to act upon.  We then commit to specific actions and specify how we will know we are successful in our efforts. 

The resources on this page provide guidance, support, and accountability for this process. We invite you to participate.

There are three components to the Systemic Analysis process: First, units who have begun their reflections and would like guidance and further resources may attend an OIA-facilitated consultation workshop. Second, units who have made strides in systemic analysis and/or any other DEI work may be asked to provide a 15 minute report on their approach. Any department may sign up to report as well. In these Report Out sessions, the university engages in a culture of inquiry, coming together to gain new perspective and share ideas on how to successfully create more equitable spaces for our students and other constituents. Lastly, all units (whether just starting or deep in progress) will submit a Qualtrics report on their process. These reports will be compiled into documents that will be shared with the university on our Accountability page

Eight Steps to Guide Unit-Level Reflection:

  1. Listen to members of your department--faculty, staff, students--whose identities are socially marginalized. 
  2. Review your infrastructure, approaches, policies, and processes. 
  3. Review the scope and content of your programs, activities, and work.
  4. Evaluate structural diversity of staff and populations served.
  5. Analyze your strategic partnerships in supporting efforts to educate students for justice. 
  6. Evaluate the values reflected in your department’s vision/mission statement.
  7. Identify training needs and opportunities.
  8. Accountability/Assessment.

Where are you in the process? 

Just starting out?

Register for a systemic analysis workshop in order to enroll in OIA's Brightspace course, where you will receive:

  • A guidebook to the systemic analysis process with resources, quick tips on getting started, sample data, and an Equity Decision Checklist
  • Equity Scorecard Data
  • Community of support from all who are in the process

What is Systemic Analysis? - Overview from CREA

Looking to brainstorm, troubleshoot, and learn from others?

Attend a bi-weekly Systemic Analysis Report Out session, where units who are in-progress will share their work and receive feedback from the community. All units are welcome to report or attend a workshop. It is a space for faculty and staff to respond to the process, discuss larger themes and takeaways, and provide feedback for one another. Those in attendance will benefit from reports for examples and methodology that will guide their own processes.

Mark 'Yes' on the registration form if your unit is interested in reporting out to receive feedback. 

Systemic Analysis Report Out Schedule, Fall 2020:

Reporting sessions will occur every other Tuesday from 4:00-5:00pm

  • September 15: Career & Professional Development, Computer Science Department
  • September 29: William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Law School
  • October 13: Information Technology Services, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
  • October 27: Public Safety, College of Business Administration
  • November 10: Athletics
  • December 1: Theatre Arts, Student Affairs

All sessions will be available to watch and review:

Session 1: September 15, 2020

Presenting Units: Career & Professional Development | Computer Science Department


Session 2: September 29, 2020

Presenting Units: William H. Hannon Library | Loyola Law School


Session 3: October 13, 2020

Presenting Units: Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts | Information Technology Services 


Session 4: October 27, 2020
Presenting Units: Department of Public Safety | College of Business Administration


Session 5: November 10, 2020
Presenting Unit: LMU Athletics

Slides: LMU Athletics

Ready to submit your report?

Submit a Qualtrics survey on your Systemic Analysis process.

As units move through the eight-step systemic analysis process, all are asked to submit to the Office of Intercultural Affairs (OIA) the following through a Qualtrics Report Form:

  1. Process - Describe your systemic analysis process (e.g. held listening sessions, conducted an audit of policies, reviewed data, etc.) and preliminary findings.
  2. Issues Identified - Describe challenges/problems/issues that you have identified as a topic of concern in your unit.
  3. Action Steps - Describe the action steps that will be taken to address these issues identified through the systemic analysis.
  4. Outcomes - Describe outcomes and how they will be assessed.

NOTE: Units are not expected to have a full systemic analysis complete upon submission to Qualtrics.  Units may simply report on any efforts taken so far, and continue to submit their progress to Qualtrics as new updates are available. The first submission deadline is November 1.

OIA will publish regular updates (based on Qualtrics submissions) in LMU This Week. Additionally, an ongoing documentation of progress and reports will be available on the OIA website.

These reporting measures are in place to ensure maximum transparency and accountability towards a more equitable university.