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Contact OBSS

Phone: (310) 338-5808

Fax: (310) 645-5128

Email: jeffrey.dolliole@lmu.edu

Office: Malone Student Center 201

OBSS Office Hours

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

Mission

Committed to the holistic development of African American students, The Office of Black Student Services (OBSS) 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.

Meet the Staff

Jeffrey Dolliole, M.A., Director

Jeffrey Dolliole

Office of Black Student Services welcomes Jeff Dolliole ’11, M.A. ’14, as the new director. He began on Nov. 23, 2020, and comes to LMU from the USC Marshall School of Business, where he was an associate director of undergraduate admissions and student affairs, and was advisor for the Black Business Student Association.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in communication studies with a minor in African American Studies and his Master of Arts in guidance and counseling in the LMU School of Education. Dolliole is currently pursuing his Doctorate in educational leadership with a concentration in higher education administration at USC.

For the past decade, he has developed high-level programming to assist in the recruitment, retention, and matriculation of African American students. Dolliole developed the Marshall Summer Institute (MSI), a sought-out, grant-funded initiative to foster the development and community engagement of incoming African American freshman and transfer students within USC Marshall School. He led several leadership initiatives serving on diversity and inclusion boards and hiring committees for essential university roles. Dolliole’s work extends into the community as he works with African American youth as they prepare for college and career exploration. His adjunct faculty experience has assisted him with developing workshops to cultivate the next generation of leaders within the Black community that focuses on leadership development and personal growth. Dolliole has worked diligently to advance the profile of the Black community.

In his spare time, Dolliole enjoys spending quality time with his wife and family as well as staying active playing and watching sports. Old TV shows, music, and movies are his go-to methods of relaxation.

As Dolliole makes his way back to the bluff, his vision for the department is centered on student engagement and empowerment. The growth and achievement of LMU students in their spiritual, mental, physical, social, and leadership dimensions will be the focus of this department. As Student Affairs looks to improving students’ experiences, Dolliole vows to be an advocate for the Black community as LMU moves into a new type of higher education. He has a proven record, is committed to Black student success, and is uniquely qualified to lead OBSS.