The university has responded to the movement for racial justice, sparked by the continuing killings of unarmed Black people, including George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, which gained global momentum during the summer of 2020.  Following President Snyder’s message, Beyond Words, in which he identified three broad university commitments (in the areas of hiring, climate and culture, and education), the Office of Intercultural Affairs initiated the LMU Anti-Racism Project to support the university’s efforts to live up to--and into--these commitments.

LMU is also responding to specific demands brought to the attention of the university by members of the Black community (e.g., undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff).  The university’s responses to addressing these demands are related to, but also separate from its Anti-Racism Project.  This webpage, Addressing Demands, is designed to track the actions the university has taken on the issues named in the demands presented by the Black community, specifically by Black undergraduate students (#BlackatLMU; led by Dezmin Hemmans, Christian Jackson, Lauren Morrison, Amaya Lorick, and Alexa Walls)  and the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA; led by Stefan Bradley, Christina Eubanks-Turner, Lisa Jackson, Erica Privott, and Brad Stone).

 

a graphic of three levels of LMU engagement in response to the movement for black lives: (1) the three commitments from the president, (2) addressing student, faculty, and staff demands, and (3) the lmu antiracism project

Although not listed on this website, the university also acknowledges Black graduate students on the Westchester campus, which do not yet have a formal organization or informal affinity group, represented by the leadership of Steven Fuller, a graduate student in the School of Education.  In addition, the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), under the leadership of President Eden Teferi and VP Kayla Dillard, has been working with the LMU Loyola Law School to effect change in the LLS curriculum.  Finally, the Presidential Black Advisory Council (P.B.L.A.C., chaired by Prof. Stefan Bradley) represents a cross-section of Black faculty, staff, undergraduates, graduate students, law students, alums, and Board members that have been asked to come together to provide advice, feedback, and guidance to the university as part of the Anti-Racism Project.