Graduate Student Newsletter

Special Edition, Summer 2020 (3rd update: 7/9/20)

Connection and Healing

The Counseling Center joins the graduate student community in expressing grief, sorrow and compassion for the racial injustice and violence occurring across our nation. These events reflect a longstanding and entrenched history of systemic racism that we condemn and are dedicated to addressing.

While these tragedies can be traumatizing for all of us, we recognize that they may be especially injurious to members of our Black and African-American communities. In the aftermath of experiencing or witnessing this trauma, a range of emotions might be felt, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, helplessness or guilt.

We encourage graduate students to join us in the following spaces of support, and to consider some additional resources below:

"White Accountability for Dismantling Racism" on Tuesday, July 21st at 3pm

Join a conversation for white students to explore barriers that prevent us, as white people, from engaging in racial equity work. This space will focus on addressing ways we perpetuate harm and contribute to individualized and systemic racism. This conversation is an important step in dismantling racism without relying on people of color to do the emotional labor. Please use the Zoom link below to join the conversation. Feel free to email Jason Parcover, PhD at or Brad Bryk, PsyD at with any questions about the space.

"Empower" - Continuing on Tuesdays 2pm - 3:15pm

"Empower" is a virtual support group for any student at Loyola who identifies as a person of color, providing an affinity space for participants to discuss the impact of racial injustice and issues unique to their experience at a predominantly white institution. Register here:

Please email Claudette Williamson-Taylor, PhD at or Dennis Velez, MA at with any questions.

In, Out, & In Between - Thursdays, 3pm-4:30pm

In, Out, & In Between is a weekly, virtual support group for LGBTQIA+ graduate and undergraduate students at Loyola. Register here:

Feel free to reach out to Sheila Graham at with any questions.


Restorative resources for Black and African American community members and people of color, as well as information for those seeking to promote anti-racism and engage in allyship
As a mental health service, the Counseling Center is committed to affirming and providing care for all of our students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by trauma. We encourage you to contact the Center for support, coping, and healing.

Connect With Us!

All Loyola graduate students are automatically members of the GSO. Please feel free to reach out to us via email or Facebook.
(Newsletter revised 7/9 with updates to Empower and White Accountability program, and added"In, Out, and in Between" post).