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Leadership and Social Justice

Leadership at LOYNO

At Loyola, we believe leadership and social justice are inseparably tied. Our leadership programs are structured based on, among other things, The Social Change Model of Leadership (1994). This values-based model shows us how the process of leadership can facilitate social change. According to the Social Change Model, leadership happens at individual, group, and community/societal levels by utilizing the 7 C's to accomplish SOCIAL CHANGE. We utilize the social change model across all of our leadership programs to ensure students are becoming effective leaders for social change. 

The Model approaches leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, values-based process that results in positive social change. It was built upon the following assumptions:

  • Leadership is socially responsible, it impacts change on behalf of others.
  • Leadership is collaborative.
  • Leadership is a process, not a position.
  • Leadership is inclusive and accessible to all people.
  • Leadership is values-based.
  • Community involvement/service is a powerful vehicle for leadership.

Students have many different options for leadership at Loyola that follow the 7 C's of the Social Change Model, which are:  

  • Consciousness of Self means being aware of beliefs, values, attitudes, and emotions that motivates one to take action. 
  • Congruence refers to thinking, feeling, and behaving with consistency, genuineness, authenticity, and honesty towards others. Congruent persons are those whose actions are consistent with their most deeply-held beliefs and convictions.
  • Commitment is the psychic energy that motivates the individual to serve and that drives the collective effort. Commitment implies passion, intensity, and duration. 
  • Collaboration is to work with others in a common effort. It constitutes the cornerstone value of the group leadership effort because it empowers self and others through trust.  
  • Common Purpose means to work with shared aims and values. It facilitates the group’s ability to engage in collective analysis of the issues at hand and the task to be undertaken.  
  • Controversy with Civility recognizes two fundamental realities of any creative group effort: those differences in viewpoint are inevitable, and that such difference must be aired openly but with civility. 
  • Citizenship is the process whereby the individual and the collaborative group become responsibly connected to the community and the society through the leadership development activity. 

Emerging Leaders Program (ELP): This 8-week long leadership program centers itself on the belief that all people have leadership potential. An excellent option particularly for first and second year students, this brief community building program introduces students to important concepts and ideas of leadership while also opening the door for future leadership experiences. Students will engage in workshops allowing them to explore their values, strengths, and passions in order to fully realize and understand their own leadership philosophies.

For more information, please contact Heather Malveaux at

L.I.T. Conference: The L.I.T. (Leading, Innovating, Transforming Conference) is a peer-led conference by and for students. The conference provides students the opportunities to showcase their skills and learn from others, all while having a good time! L.I.T. is a perfect way to experience leadership for everyone, whether you have had a lot of experience with leadership, or just a little.

For more information, please contact Heather Malveaux at

The Student Government Association's (SGA) Court of Review is the legislative body of SGA led by the Chief Justice, who is appointed by the incoming SGA President. Each member of the court serves as a Justice to interpret the Student Government Constitution and ByLaws, to regulate Student Government Association chartered organizations to be in compliance with the University Mission, Code of Conduct, and Vision, to oversee social justice grant applications and recipients, and to program a social justice event monthly. The court also hosts Constitution Day and National Voter Registration Day annually and oversees the Iggy's Cupboard student executive board. 

This opportunity is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a 2.5 GPA and good conduct standing with the university. For more information, please contact the Student Government Association at 

The Student Government Association's (SGA) Equity and Inclusion Committee is led by SGA's Director of Equity and Inclusion, who is appointed by the incoming SGA President. Committee members serve as liaisons between the student body and its government. Each member of the committee is responsible for ensuring that all of SGA's practices, procedures, student organizations, and programming is equitable and inclusive for all students at Loyola. The committee offers conflict mediation for student organizations, advocacy for marginalized groups, PAWs and Reflect diversity and inclusion training, and social justice programming. They also oversee applications and recipients of the Grace of Ignatius Award. 

This opportunity is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a 2.5 GPA and good conduct standing with the university. For more information, please contact the Student Government Association at 

Iggy's Cupboard provides non-perishable food items and other essentials to any member of Loyola's community that may need a little extra help. Located in the Lower Level of the Danna Student Center, it is operated by Student Life and Ministry (SLM) in partnership with the Student Government Association (SGA).

Iggy's Cupboard Student Executive Board helps to oversee volunteers, donations, operations, marketing, and fundraising. The executive board is advised by the University Minister for Social Justice.

This opportunity is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a 2.5 GPA and good conduct standing with the university. For more information or to just volunteer in the cupboard, please contact Heather Malveaux at 

MLK Day of Service is a consortium between Loyola, Dillard University, Tulane University, and University of New Orleans. This day of service is used to commemorate the legacy and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All four universities gather to complete a day of service at various locations in the New Orleans community. Students can take on leadership roles as project coordinators to lead a group of their peers in meaningful service. Project Coordinators will receive leadership training prior to the service day and opportunities to lead other commemorative events throughout the academic year. 

For more information, please contact Heather Malveaux at

Magis Student Leadership Awards: This annual recognition of student leadership at Loyola celebrates the accomplishments of student leaders across the university. 

For more information, please contact Student Life and Ministry at

Omicron Delta Kappa: This leadership honors society recognizes the most talented and accomplished rising juniors and seniors on campus. Invitations are sent in early March. Selected applicants are then interviewed before being admitted to the honors society. These students organize high level leadership initiatives on campus and are recognized at the Magis Student Leadership Award ceremony. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Dale O'Neill at