Programs & Initiatives

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Cesar Chavez Interfaith Service and Workers Appreciation Luncheon

This annual service is a celebration of the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez. The Worker Appreciation Luncheon that is hosted by students for the facilities, maintenance and Sodexo employees follows the service. Students gather alongside the campus staff and have the opportunity to meet and speak with those who prepare and serve them their food, clean their bathrooms, and care for LMU.

Dia de Reconocimiento

Día de Reconocimiento is an LMU tradition that celebrates and recognizes the academic and personal achievements of our Latino students. Día de Reconocimiento also gives graduating students an opportunity to recognize and thank family members and friends for the support throughout their educational journey. Although this celebration has a cultural emphasis, Día de Reconocimiento is open to all graduating LMU students (including undergraduate, graduate and doctoral candidates) completing a degree in the spring, summer or fall term.

Feast of the Lady of Guadalupe

A long standing Campus Ministry and Chicano Latino Student Services tradition at Loyola Marymount University is the celebration of our Lady of Guadalupe. Most often described as a manifestation of the Virgin Mary, Dec 12, on the Roman Catholic calendar of saints commemorates Our Lady of Guadalupe's appearance to Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoazin. This event celebrates a rich part of Latino heritage and is an opportunity for the families of our students to take part in an LMU tradition.

Latina/o/x Heritage Month

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week. The observance was expanded in 1988 to a monthlong celebration (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15). America celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

Latino Retreat

This opportunity invites our students to take a moment from their busy life to (re)connect with their faith and culture. This annual retreat is designed with a theme relating to the LMU mission and biblical passages.

Martes en familia

These are evening gatherings with community members and opportunity to reconnect with friends, meet new ones, enjoy food and celebrate community.

Misa de Herenia: Dia de la Familia

In spirits of Latino Heritage Month we invite you and your family to celebrate our faith and culture. Misa de Herencia is a Spanish language mass celebrated in Sacred Heart Chapel. A light reception will follow after mass in Sculpture Garden. This mass is hosted by Campus Ministry and Chicano Latino Student Services.