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The Learning Community (TLC) is committed to the success of first-year students of African descent at Loyola Marymount University. The goals of this year-long program are to cultivate leaders, instill community consciousness, and promote academic and co-curricular success at LMU.

As a Black Excellence practice, TLC provides a first-year cohort of students of African descent the opportunity to:

  • Expand their ethnic and cultural awareness
  • Deepen their understanding of programs and resources present to facilitate academic success
  • Gain a greater understanding of the mission and traditions of LMU  

TLC partners with the following campus offices and resource providers:

  • Academic Resource Center
  • Burns Recreation Center
  • Career and Professional Development
  • Department of African American Studies
  • Ethnic and Intercultural Services
  • Office of Black Student Services
  • Office of the President
  • Office of the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Student Employment Services
  • Student Health Center
  • William H. Hannon Library

Contact TLC

If you have any questions regarding The Learning Community, please contact us at the following:


Phone: (310) 258-8754

Office: Malone Student Center 201

Meet the Staff

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Henry Ward, Senior Director of Ethnic and Intercultural Services

Henry Ward, Senior Director of Ethnic and Intercultural Services

Henry Ward is a mediator with the City Attorney’s Office of Dispute Resolutions, and a human relations specialist. He has a background that includes tenure as a former Project Director for the Anti-Defamation League’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute, a national diversity training project created to combat prejudice and discrimination in our schools, workplaces, college campuses and communities. He is also a member of the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators (JASPA).



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AnaLexicis Bridewell, Interim Program Coordinator

AnaLexicis Bridewell, Interim Program Coordinator

AnaLexicis Bridewell earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in African American Studies from Loyola Marymount University in 2016. She started her professional career in 2016, serving as the Administrative Coordinator for Student Success and Student Affairs Dean’s Office. As an alumna of the program and university, AnaLexicis has been involved with TLC in various capacities, such as serving as the Resident Director and Fitness and Wellness Instructor during the summer program. In her current role as TLC Program Coordinator, AnaLexicis works directly with TLC students to provide support and valuable resources as they transition into a college setting. She also assists in their leadership development by providing opportunities for students to get involved and contribute to the LMU and greater Los Angeles community. Born and raised in Los Angeles, AnaLexicis exercises her leadership and utilizes her passions to coordinate events to showcase Black Excellence and culture through the arts in her hometown.