About SLD

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Student Leadership & Development (SLD) at Loyola Marymount University understands that building leadership skills is a process that is cultivated by a passion for affecting positive social change. We recognize the importance of the student's participation in the development of his or her own leadership skills. As such, we present students with a variety of programs, organizations and opportunities that inspire them to get involved and grow into the leaders of tomorrow.

Contact SLD

Phone: (310) 338-2877


Malone Student Center 101/103: Student Leadership & Development, Off-Campus Student Life, Student Worker Program, LGBT Student Services and ASLMU

Malone Student Center 120: Sorority & Fraternity Life

Office Hours

Monday 8am-5pm
Tuesday 8am-5pm
Wednesday 8am-7pm
Thursday 8am-5pm
Friday 8am-5pm

SLD Staff

Andrea Niemi

Director of Student Leadership & Development | Andrea.Niemi@lmu.edu

Andrea Niemi is a Southern California native and has worked at LMU in Student Life for the past seventeen years. Over her 20 year career in higher education she has worked directly with leadership development, orientation, student work and volunteer service programs, student organizations, Greek life and student government. She currently provides support and manages all areas housed within SLD and directly advises GSLMU (Graduate Students of Loyola Marymount University. In addition to her role in Student Affairs, Andrea is an instructor for the School of Education teaching various leadership courses focusing on the social change model of leadership development. Andrea has her BA from California State University, Northridge and her Masters of Education from Oregon State University. She recently completed the Ignatian Colleagues Program sponsored by the Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities in partnership with the Jesuit Conference of the United States. Andrea’s passion in leadership work is to support students as they discover their gifts and work toward the common good. In her free time, Andrea loves spending time with her family and being outdoors.

Anthony Garrison-Engbrecht

Director of Leadership Programs and LGBT Student Services | Anthony.Garrison@lmu.edu

Anthony is originally from Wichita, Kansas, and has worked at LMU for the past seven years. He has a B.A. in Sociology from Loyola University New Orleans, an M.A. in Educational Psychology from Pepperdine University, an M.A. of Theological Studies from Loyola Marymount University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum and Culture from Chapman University. In his current role in SLD, Anthony supports leadership development and student advocacy through working with ASLMU, Off Campus Student Life, LGBT Student Services, and the Ignatian Leadership Institute. He also supports the Division of Student Affairs through aiding in the coordination of the LMU EXP. Anthony says his favorite part of working with students is, “Being able to help support them in their own development in becoming the best versions of themselves… and learning about new catch phrases and hashtags. #squadgoals.” A fun fact about Anthony is that he pole vaulted in high school, and in 2003 held the Kansas 3A Boys Pole Vault record with a jump of 15-00.00’!