TLC graduating seniors wearing their Class of 2016 stoles

The Learning Community (TLC) is committed to the success of first-year Black and African American students 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 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

Headshot of Kandis Jernigan
Kandis Jernigan, TLC program coordinator

Kandis Jernigan

Kandis Jernigan is the program coordinator for The Learning Community in Ethic and Intercultural Services. She has a plethora of experience in building rapport with students, mentoring, and post-secondary counseling. Her passion for the pursuit of equity, and inclusion continues to drive the work that she does daily to assist students. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. Kandis was born and raised on the south side of Chicago and relocated to Los Angeles in pursuit of her Master’s Degree. She is currently working to complete her Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling, and school counseling. An active member of the LMU community; Kandis also serves as the Vice President of the SOE Black Graduate Student Association, and manager of Mbongi spot the Black student space on campus. LMU’s commitment to social justice, and Jesuit values provide her with an invaluable experience. Kandis believes her choice to work at LMU has been a more than rewarding experience.