Centers + Institutes

Center for Arts and Music Entrepreneurship


The Center for Arts and Music Entrepreneurship produces events involving industry professionals from the entertainment centers of the country, clinics and "how-to" tutorials for artists and musicians, video tapes and broadcast events produced by the member schools and by other arts and educational institutions in the region, and aggregates content produced by others.

Center for Environmental Communications


The mission of the Center for Environmental Communications is to educate students in the field of environmental communications, to stimulate communications among environmental stakeholders, to provide the public with unbiased discussion of environmental issues, and to be a resource to the media for environmental information. Instead of focusing only on journalism, the Loyola program includes the following sequences: print journalism, broadcast journalism, broadcast production, public relations, advertising, photojournalism, and film studies. This diversity allows students to interact with faculty and students who approach communications issues with different perspectives. A hallmark of Loyola’s program is the Institute of Environmental Communications (IEC). Citizens from business, the scientific and environmental communities, government, and the rest of the Greater New Orleans community are encouraged to participate. The IEC consists of a semester’s worth of meetings during which participants will be exposed to a variety of environmental concerns and issues with discussion led by the region’s environmental leaders. Additionally, Loyola faculty and students are actively working on several projects that are increasing the communication among industry and its many stake-holders. This environmental intervention is intended to enhance the potential for win-win solutions to environmental issues. Loyola’s Center for Environmental Communications will focus on those issues unique to the Louisiana region, as well as those traditionally targeted by environmental programs (population, global warming, ozone depletion, etc.).

Center for Environmental Law and Land Use

Inaugurated on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Loyola’s Center for Environmental Law and Land Use, seeks to become a leader in legal environmental education and service in the Gulf Region. 

As part of this mission, the Center supports Loyola’s Certificate in Environmental Law Program.  Under this program, law students concentrate their studies in the areas of natural resources, pollution control, and land use, and receive a certificate upon graduation along with their degree.

The Center also organizes and hosts a variety of conferences, workshops, and lectures designed to educate the public and to spark collaborative efforts in research and service among academics and students.  Much of its activity now centers on environmental and land-use issues associated with Hurricane Katrina and the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast. 

Center for Faculty Innovation


The Center for Faculty Innovation was established in 2008 to promote new modes of teaching and scholarship that foster an integrated curriculum and learner-centered pedagogies. The Center is dedicated to nurturing connections among faculty as learners, teachers and scholars and supporting the intellectual life of the Loyola community within the context of our unique Jesuit mission and identity.

The Center now supports faculty development through workshops, a new faculty seminar, support for teaching with technology, instructional design for online and hybrid courses, summer faculty academies on teaching and learning, a resource library, one-on-one consulting and support for faculty research and publishing.

Center for Intercultural Understanding


In the Jesuit and Catholic tradition, the Center for Intercultural Understanding was established to create and maintain a campus environment where students, faculty, and staff will be able to recognize, respect, and celebrate our differences and commonalities. These differences include, but are not limited to, age, social and economic status, sexual orientation, educational background, marital status, ethnicity, gender, individual traits, ability, race, cultural heritage, and religious beliefs.

The center will provide proactive leadership in fostering respect for the rights of others, including the right to be different. It strives to create a supportive and inclusive campus environment through programming, services, advocacy, research, and curriculum transformation, responding to the needs of students, faculty, and staff for the common good.

Center for International and Comparative Education


The comparative and international law programs at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law reflect Louisiana’s unique status as a mixed civil law and common law jurisdiction. The private law of Louisiana—comprising such areas as the law of persons, property, obligations, donations, and successions—is based on an eclectic civil code tradition. The French Code Civil of 1804 comprises the strongest influence, but there are significant Roman law and Spanish law elements as well. The public law of Louisiana— including state constitutional law, legislation, criminal law and procedure, civil procedure, and evidence—is based largely on the Anglo-American common law. Louisiana’s commercial law has both civil law elements (as in the law of sales) and common law aspects (based on Louisiana’s adoption of most portions of the Uniform Commercial Code).

Center for International Education


The Center for International Education (CIE) at Loyola University New Orleans promotes the internationalization of the university by initiating, developing and supporting a wide range of international and intercultural educational opportunities for members of the Loyola community. CIE sponsors numerous cultural programs including International Education Week, the Country Fair, the Education Abroad Fair, and many others. Through these opportunities, CIE encourages students to develop an appreciation of other cultures and of their own, and to maximize their intercultural experience whether here at Loyola or on an education abroad program.

International Students

CIE provides innovative programs and services to the more than 100 international students currently enrolled at Loyola. International students include students with F-1 student, J-1 exchange visitor, or other nonimmigrant visas; students who are not citizens of the United States; students whose first language is not English; and students who do not reside within the continental United States. CIE helps these students adjust to life at Loyola and ensures that they are well integrated into the Loyola community. For non-immigrant F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors, CIE provides assistance for all immigration issues, particularly those related to SEVIS, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System.

All non-immigrant F-1 students and J-1exchange visitors are required to have health insurance which includes medical evacuation, repatriation, and other requirements listed on the CIE website. Non-immigrant students will be billed for and enrolled in an international student health insurance plan, administered by The Lewer Agency, unless their insurance company completes an insurance waiver available at by the deadlines listed on the website.

Education Abroad

For students wanting an education abroad experience, the Center for International Education is the first stop with advising and information on both Loyola and non-Loyola programs, financial aid, and scholarships. A study abroad advisor along with experienced study abroad peer advisers works with students to help them find the right program that will meet their academic and personal goals, financial situation, and interests. Students must also meet with their academic adviser, the associate dean in their college, and the study abroad advisor in the CIE prior to applying to a non-Loyola study abroad program.

Numerous programs are available for Loyola students. There are semester and year-long programs, community service and immersion programs, components to academic courses, and summer study abroad. While the majority of students study abroad for short summer programs, a growing number of students are selecting semester or year-long programs. Students can attend both Loyola and non-Loyola programs, but Loyola financial aid can usually only be applied to Loyola programs. The university has a number of affiliations with study abroad programs that provide limited scholarships or discounts for Loyola students. All the information that a student needs can be found at

Loyola Intensive English Program

The Loyola Intensive English Program (LIEP), founded in 1976, prepares students from around the world to use English in academic, professional, and social settings through an innovative, academically rigorous curriculum. Because LIEP is small and personal, students receive individual attention both in and outside of class. LIEP offers English instruction at the intermediate and advanced levels. Classes meet five days per week for a total of 20 weekly hours. Instruction focuses on communication skills in spoken and written English as well as a thorough grounding in English grammar. A unique and very popular feature of LIEP is the tutorial program. The tutors are advanced Loyola students, all native speakers of English, who have a special interest in language teaching and in other cultures. Students meet individually with their tutor twice a week for additional conversation and practice outside the classroom. For more information and an application, go to the website,

Loyola courses for academic credit

Intensive English students at the advanced level may qualify to take two LIEP courses for academic credit while enrolled in two other academic classes. An application for admission as an academic student, along with a high school or university transcript, must be submitted to Loyola University. For more information, visit the Pilot Program website

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

By supporting scholarly and academic programs, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies—El Centro—attempts to bring together the university students, staff, and faculty, with the Latino community and the New Orleans community at large. El Centro is a multifaceted effort to increase interdisciplinary educational experiences and promote the active engagement of the university with the worlds around it and to build from and promote the spread of Jesuit values through the global community.

 El Centro supports Loyola’s role as a leading comprehensive university in the southern tier of the country and is a symbol of Loyola's continued efforts to strengthen it ties to the city, surrounding region, and hemisphere. 

Center for Spiritual Capital


The Center for Spiritual Capital at Loyola University New Orleans is a new research, education, and outreach organization that works with scholars, policy experts, and business leaders to connect academic learning and real-world practice. The mission of the center is to promote sound interdisciplinary research to produce innovative ideas that advance in a sustainable way a free, prosperous, and responsible civil society.

The center seeks to establish a home for, and a new network of, business leaders, academic leaders, religious leaders, and community and political leaders in general, to focus on the search for new ethical norms to guide the evolving economic relationships of the post-modem era. Special efforts will be made to bring a variety of religious traditions to bear on the traditional functions and roles of today's corporations.

Center for the Study of New Orleans


Building on the scholarly resources of Loyola University, the Center for the Study of New Orleans promotes research into the city's history, culture, and society. By integrating social justice and analytical thinking into courses, internships, research, and public programming, the Center fosters a critical understanding of New Orleans and an opportunity to aid its renewal.

Gillis W. Long Poverty Law Center


The Gillis W. Long Poverty Law Center was established in 1985 at Loyola School of Law by act of the United States Congress in memory of the late Congressman from Louisiana whose career exemplified service to the needs of the disadvantaged. The center provides training and financial summer internships in law offices that provide legal services to the poor; opportunities for law students to do pro bono work while in law school; loan forgiveness assistance to graduates providing legal assistance to the poor; sponsor lectures and other public interest events; and, provide support to organizations who are involved in the delivery of legal services to the poor. The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center is a vital part of the overall commitment of Loyola University to excellence in scholarship and the pursuit of social justice.

Gillis Long Student Pro Bono Program

In accordance with the Jesuit tradition of social justice advocacy and the promotion of Gospel values, students enrolled at the Loyola University College of Law must satisfy the law and poverty requirement by enrolling in the Law and Poverty course, the Law Clinic Program, the Street Law Program, or the Gillis Long Student Pro Bono Program. Each of these programs stresses the professional obligation of each student, as a future lawyer, to work for the common good. The Gillis Long Student Pro Bono Program allows students to provide legal services to indigent clients in the greater metropolitan area. Students enrolled in the program gain practical legal experience and provide legal assistance to those who are unable to afford it. The pro bono program places students in various fields of law, both civil and criminal, where students are asked to complete a minimum of 50 hours of legal work under the supervision of licensed attorneys. No grade is received for the work, nor are credit hours given. However, students successfully completing the pro bono program do fulfill the law and poverty requirement needed for graduation.

Institute for Continuing Legal Education


The purpose of The Institute for Continuing Legal Education is to keep practitioners abreast of new legal developments and trends in the legal community. The Institute works to improve lawyer understanding of ethical and professional responsibilities encountered in the practice of law.

Institute for Quality and Equity in Education


In the struggle to recover Post-Katrina, the New Orleans public education system was transformed from a single board-operated system to three sperate entitie: The Orleans Parish School Board, the state-operated Recovery School District and an increased number of independent charter schools. The increasing state leadership and privatization of local schools have resulted in an unprecedented experiment in urban education. With the inauguration of the Loyola Institute for Quality and Equity in Education, Loyola University New Orleans will link local and nationally recognized researchers with school policymakers and community stakeholders to pursue the research critical to understanding, evaluating, and assessing policy issues that arise with schools choice.

Institute for the Study of Catholic Culture and Tradition


The mission of the Loyola Institute for the Study of Catholic Culture and Tradition is to foster and promote the distinctive Catholic identity of Loyola University New Orleans across the curriculum and throughout the university community. With a sense of special responsibility for the intellectual and moral education of the young, the institute seeks to foster the formation of students who are familiar not only with the content of the liberal arts tradition, but also with the extent to which that tradition both illuminates and is illuminated by the Catholic faith. While the institute affirms the varieties of ways in which this may be accomplished in all aspects of the university’s life, it commits itself to the specific task of developing an interdisciplinary approach, which seeks to foster the growth and understanding proper to a mature and reflective Christian mind. Specifically, the institute will administer resources to promote the interdisciplinary study of Catholic intellectual, cultural, and moral traditions. To this end, the institute will draw upon the talents and intellectual commitment of the university faculty through sustained dialogue and by supporting those faculty initiatives which further the goals of the institute. The institute will sponsor the development of curricular offerings, extracurricular faculty-student seminars, lectures, research projects, and other initiatives including the development of appropriate library collections. When possible, these courses and other programs sponsored by the institute will be structured so as to be of interest and benefit to a larger audience including, among others, students from Notre Dame Seminary, members of religious congregations, and religious education teachers.

Institute of Environmental Communications

The Institute of Environmental Communications (IEC) brings together a diverse group of citizens (environmentalists, scientists, journalists, industrialists, Brown Field community people, politicians, government employees, teachers, and business persons) for 14 — 20 evening sessions to discuss issues of vital environmental importance to the region and nation. The Fellows Program is modeled after the highly regarded Institute of Politics that has been offered by Loyola University since 1968. The IEC’s first sessions began in fall 1999.

Institute of Politics


The Institute of Politics (IOP), an independent foundation that is housed on the Loyola campus, trains community leaders in practical politics. Its program is geared to the development of new political leadership in the area. The IOP educates selected young men and women in the practice and practicalities of politics, through a recognition of the professional character of politics and the need for broader understanding and training in politics. Meeting weekly at night, participants represent a broad cross-section of the metro area, geographically and professionally. Approximately 30 participants per course study voting patterns, issues and problems, organizing and conducting political campaigns, the uses of television and advertising, and political polling. Speakers represent local, state, and national levels of politics.

International Business Center


The primary purpose of the International Business Center (IBC) is to support and strengthen the international business (IB) programs of the College of Business (CoB) at Loyola University New Orleans. Since its inception in 1992, the IBC has carried out 10 externally funded projects that have included applied IB research studies, community outreach services, the enhancement of the CoB’s IB curricula, and several publications. The center supports the CoB's international internship, summer study abroad, and international student exchange programs. Also, the IBC houses a mini-library with a specialized collection of IB journals and studies. The IBC coordinates and supports the activities of the CoB's International Business Advisory Board (IBAB) and Loyola’s International Business Organization (LIBO), the latter being open to all students at Loyola. The IBAB’s more than 40 community leaders in the IB field meet twice per year to review the CoB’s IB strategy and give advice to the CoB’s IB faculty and administration. IBAB members come regularly as guest speakers or panelists to events sponsored jointly by LIBO and the CoB, offer internships and jobs (after graduation) to students from the CoB, and support financially the CoB’s IB programs. Finally, the IBC maintains relations with external organizations, such as the World Trade Center, the Port of New Orleans, GNO, Inc., the Asian Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Greater New Orleans, the U.S. Department of Education, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Institute of International Education.

Jesuit Center


The Jesuit Center works to enhance the Jesuit mission and identity of Loyola University New Orleans.  It seeks to share the Jesuit traditions with the larger Loyola community.   It seeks to promote teaching and research integrated with Jesuit Educational pedagogy and Ignatian spirituality.   It invites Loyola community members -- faculty, staff, students, alumni, and families -- to deepen their faith commitment in light of the faith does justice and service.

Included among its many and varied activities are:  activities in spirituality that range from day-long retreats to offering Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises; activities in service that offer international immersion trips to Jamaica, Belize and Mexico for students, faculty, staff & alumni. 

The Center also provided orientation and on-going development on the Jesuit heritage and vision of the university for faculty/ staff and students.  It also sponsors lectures, seminars and forums on issues relating to Loyola’s Jesuit mission and identity.   Among its activities is Loyola Week, a week-long university-wide celebration of Loyola’s Jesuit character held each fall. 

It’s office is located on the first floor of Bobet Hall, and its door is always open to all.

Jesuit Social Research Institute


From a tradition based upon the principles of Catholic social thought, the Institute offers participatory research, social analysis, theological reflection and practical strategies for improving the social and economic conditions in the Gulf South states and in select countries of the Caribbean and Latin America, with a particular focus on issues of migration, poverty, and racism. Through fostering close collaboration with faculty, staff, and students of Loyola University -- within a network of Jesuit social centers in the United States, partnering countries, and links with other universities -- the Jesuit Social Research Institute combines academic research, education, and social action in a new paradigm based on the union of faith and justice, the integrating factors of all Jesuit ministries.

Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy


Located in the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library, the Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy is dedicated to promoting adult literacy as a vehicle for personal, economic, and community empowerment. The Boggs Center seeks to nurture collaborative partnerships between Loyola and its surrounding metropolitan community. Through its collaboration with local literacy providers, faith-based, social, and community service organizations, business, government, civic and philanthropic leaders, the center serves as the intermediary to ensure that adult literacy programs and other institutions that impact the lives of adult learners and their families have access to national research and best practices and technical support.   Solutions are within reach, if we take these steps:

Form Links
An effective response to the challenge of adult literacy in this region requires new partnerships between literacy providers and community institutions.

Train Teachers
Based on the latest reading research, we must shift from relying on volunteer tutors to trained teachers.

Create Opportunity
Effective literacy instruction must be tailored to the needs of the region.  We must link literacy instruction to local employers.

Start Strong
New Orleans’ adult literacy numbers will never change significantly until K-12 public education reform succeeds.  Our children must get a solid foundation allowing them to learn at and beyond high-school literacy.

Loyola Institute For Ministry (LIM)


The Loyola Institute for Ministry offers a master’s degree in religious education (M.R.E.), a master’s degree in pastoral studies (M.P.S.), and a post-master’s certificate in pastoral studies both on campus and through distance education. On-campus (LIMOC) M.P.S. focus areas include small Christian community formation, pastoral care and counseling, pastoral life and administration, religion and ecology, African-American ministries (on-campus only), Christian spirituality for pastoral ministry, marketplace ministry, Hispanic ministry, youth ministry, and the opportunity for an individualized program of study. The institute also serves the continuing education needs of adults on campus and in extension by offering a certificate in religious education (C.R.E.), a certificate in pastoral studies (C.P.S.), and a post-master’s and an advanced continuing education certificate in pastoral studies. The students, faculty, and staff of the Loyola Institute for Ministry form a learning community gathered to enhance the quality of pastoral ministry in the Church. The institute serves as an educational resource for professionals and paraprofessionals engaged in, or preparing for, ministry and religious education, as well as laity who want to address themselves intentionally to their ministry in the world. The institute seeks an integration of Christian theology with skills in pastoral leadership, a facility in social and cultural analysis, and an awareness of one’s self and one’s abilities and limitations.

Loyola Pastoral Life Center


The Loyola Pastoral Life Center (LPLC) is a continuing education division within the Institute for Ministry (LIM). The mission and programs of the Loyola Pastoral Life Center flow directly from the mission and work of LIM. The mission of the LPLC is to provide continuing education opportunities, ministry studies programs, and spiritual enrichment for women and men involved in various aspects of the church’s life and ministries. The LPLC thus furthers the mission of the church community to promote the reign of God and the primary purpose of LIM: to educate persons for leadership in Christian ministries. In pursuing its important mission, the Loyola Pastoral Life Center is particularly dedicated to helping the national church, diocesan pastoral offices, and ministry leaders in local churches improve the quality of grass-roots level Christian life and ministry. The LPLC does so by providing seminars, training programs, resources, and networking opportunities, around emerging ministry issues, for these parties. In doing its work, the LPLC remains particularly attentive to the multicultural and ecumenical dimensions of the church in the United States, to smaller dioceses and Christian home missions, and to local church communities with new and emerging forms of lay pastoral leadership.

Louisiana Small Business Development Center Greater New Orleans Region


Loyola University New Orleans is a collaborative partner of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center Greater New Orleans Region (LSBDC GNOR). LSBDC GNOR provides business counseling, technical assistance, and business training for owners, operators, or managers of existing and new small businesses in the Greater New Orleans area. Business counseling services are no charge to the business owner. Assistance is provided in many areas such as business planning, loan package preparation, website development, logo design, marketing, management, research, finding sources of funding, accounting, and legal issues. Student internships are available through the LSBDC GNOR.

Shawn M. Donnelley Center for Nonprofit Communciations


Housed in the Department of Communications, the Shawn M. Donnelley Center for Nonprofit Communications was established in 1997 to allow students to work on real projects under the direction of a faculty supervisor for nonprofit clients who have advertising and public relations projects. Not only is this work used by the organizations, but the work by advertising students for nonprofit clients consistently wins Addy Awards from the Advertising Club of New Orleans. The center’s facilities consist of 16 PowerMac G4 computers, six flatbed scanners, one black and white laser printer, two color laser printers, two film/slide scanners, and a vast array of graphic and multimedia design software. Student assistants supervise the center about 60 hours per week to assist students with their work. The diverse clientele includes New Orleans Area United Cerebral Palsy, Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra, YMCA of Greater New Orleans, American Red Cross, Bishop Perry Middle School, Each One Save One, U.S. Pirg, Habitat for Humanity, Cafe Reconcile, and many others. The work has been as simple as a flyer or as complex as a full-scale integrated communications campaign. To learn more about the Donnelley Center and to view a portfolio of works visit the website at

Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice

The Law Clinic provides senior law students an opportunity to practice law in state, federal and administrative courts pursuant to Rule XX of the Louisiana Supreme Court. Students work under the supervision of faculty attorneys as they investigate and prepare cases and conduct trials in the areas of criminal, employment, family, housing and immigration law. They may also opt to obtain experience in mediation. Students must commit to two semesters of work for which they receive a total of three credits per semester. In addition to providing excellent practical training, the Law Clinic introduces the law student to ways in which to provide and expand the delivery of legals services to those in our community who do not have the financial resources to secure competent legal representation.

Twomey Center for Peace Through Justice


The goal of the Twomey Center for Peace Through Justice is to shape social justice consciousness through education and to take action on critical social issues confronting society. Thus, the center seeks to put into practice the principles enunciated in Goals of Loyola: Loyola is committed to a serious examination of those conscious and unconscious assumptions of contemporary American civilization that tend to perpetuate societal inequities and institutional injustices. These goals are achieved through programs including Blueprint for Social Justice, Bread for the World, the Global Network for Justice, Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP), the Twomey Training Center. The accomplishments of the center are reflected in the successes of these programs in addressing the critical issues of poverty, racism, violence, and education. Several of the programs have become model programs in the community. The Twomey Center also manages the Twomey Print Shop, which provides low cost printing to the university and does limited publishing.

Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing


The goal of the Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing is to foster literary talent and achievement to highlight the art of writing as essential to a good education, and to serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing by providing educational and vocational opportunities in writing and publishing. We envision the Center as a vital part of the University's commitment to the educational needs of its students and of the citizens of New Orleans, as specified in Loyola's Statement of Educational Purpose.

By naming the center for Walker Percy, we honor the memory and contributions of this prominent American author, Catholic, and former Loyola faculty member. By establishing such a center and encouraging publication, we can draw on and further the strengths of several arts departments on campus, including English, mass communication, music, theatre arts and dance, and visual arts.

Women's Resource Center


The educational mission of the women’s studies program and of the university as a whole is supported by the programs and services offered by the Women’s Resource Center. The Women’s Center, located in Mercy Hall room 103, aims to provide Loyola women and men with a positive college experience by responding to their needs as gendered human beings and by fostering an environment that is free of sexism and other forms of institutional and individual forms of oppression. It strives to create a supportive and inclusive campus environment through programming, services, and advocacy. The Women’s Center encourages and promotes the interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge about women amongst faculty by supporting research and course development in those areas. In all its endeavors, the center seeks to include and respond to the needs of staff members. To ensure that the community be involved in activities of the center and so that students can also find feminist role models and mentors outside of the university, the center maintains and encourages contact with alumni and the local community and links to other women’s centers, especially at Jesuit institutions. The center’s mission is to create a campus environment that addresses and responds to issues of concern relevant to the lives of women on campus, in the metro area, and beyond. In doing so, women’s services at Loyola form an integral part of the Jesuit mission in higher education.

The following resources are available at the Women’s Resource Center:

  • information about women’s studies courses;
  • information on Women’s Center programs and events;
  • information on graduate programs in women’s studies;
  • information about resources for women in the New Orleans metro area;
  • programming in support of the Women’s Studies minor and about issues relevant to women;
  • leadership initiative;
  • a comfortable conference and meeting room;
  • student-run support and consciousness raising groups;
  • support for the Women's Initiative for Learning and Leading Learning Community
  • support and resources for persons affected by sexual assault;
  • a library of feminist-friendly magazines and women's studies books