About Us

Mission 

Committed to the holistic development of African American students, Black Student Services (BSS) strives to foster a family-oriented community where trust, respect, and love play a significant role. Since 1969, BSS has worked in collaboration with the Division of Academic Affairs and other campus departments to ensure that meaningful connection with students is prioritized. These connections occur within both individual and group contexts through one-on-one meetings, as well as co-curricular programming that is intentionally designed to provide support, engagement, and, ultimately, results in increased levels of both retention and graduation. 

Goals

  • To promote and celebrate African Culture and heritage, so as to provide students and the campus community with an understanding of the history, successes, and contemporary struggles of Africans/African Americans.
  • To assist and guide students in the processes of understanding who they are, understanding where they come from, and making sound, well-informed decisions regarding their futures.
  • To develop leaders and change agents, who are prepared to effectuate positive change within the Campus Community as well as their home communities upon graduation.
  • To create co-curricular programming that the knowledge that builds up and enhances the knowledge that students obtain in the classroom.
  • To develop and maintain a sense of community among Africans/African Americans at Loyola Marymount University.
  • To connect students to opportunities to serve their community within a framework that is rooted in Social Justice.