Student Life

School Culture: DEI

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  • 38%

    Students who identify as people of color
  • 130

    Zip codes where our students live
  • 18%

    Students who come from non-Catholic religious traditions
  • 50/50

    The gender breakdown at Saint Ignatius is approximately 50% female, 50% male

A message from Dr. John G. Igwebuike, Director of School Culture - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)...

We are thrilled you have come to learn more about our department! The work of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is a school-wide commitment to creating an atmosphere where all students, faculty and staff feel a strong sense of psychological safety and belonging. Thus, our department works in collaboration with all departments to cultivate an inclusive climate where our Wolfpack community can thrive.

In the spirit of our Ignatian Values, we seek to bolster the twin pillars of our mission-driven work -- love (diversity, inclusion, belonging) and justice (equity). Our mission statement proudly extols our strength as a "diverse community" teaching and transforming young people in the heart of Chicago.

An African proverb

If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together. Let us go together on our journey of fostering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Saint Ignatius!

Becoming One Wolfpack

In an effort to introduce our freshman students to the concepts of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, we spend time with them in group instruction. The goal is to engender conversation in a group where peers are equals. 

You find diversity in:

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  • Ethnicity

  • Race

  • Language

  • Religion

  • Gender

  • Socioeconomic Background

  • Sexual Orientation

  • Body Image

  • Appearance

  • Personality

  • Intellectual Ability

  • Physical Ability

  • Political Beliefs

Saint Ignatius College Prep works to promote a culture of respect where every community member feels seen, listened to, and valued.

Guanacaste Fall 2023

Dr. John Igwebuike is a champion for powerful listening for meaningful dialogue between people and groups. He heads up an annual listening conference. Click here for tips from the last one!

Culture awareness training for students is part of the Ignatius experience.

We hope you'll take time to familiarize yourself with our Respect and No Harassment Policy and our Safe Report Form.

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  • Examples of Diversity in Our Clubs & Activities

    • ADAM (A Day Among Men)
    • ALAS (Association of Latin American Students)
    • ASIA (Alliance of Saint Ignatius Asians)
    • B.O.S.S. (Black Organization of Successful Students)
    • Circle of Friends
    • Club Erin (Gaelic and Irish Heritage)
    • Club Italia (Italian Heritage)
    • Club Middle East
    • Club Ukraine (Ukrainian Heritage)
    • Diversity Club
    • French Club (French Heritage)
    • IVC (Ignatian Volunteer Corps)
    • Kino Teens
    • Project Unity (LGBTQA)
    • Slavic Heritage Society
    • VOW (Voices of Women)
    • Special Needs Appreciation Club
    • Students Committed to Social Action
  • Examples of Diversity in Our Curriculum

    • African American Literature
    • American Literature and the Myth of the Melting Pot
    • Immersion: Social Justice Through Service Learning
    • Irish Literature
    • Spanish, French, Latin/Greek, Mandarin Chinese (World Languages)
    • The Voices of Women: Studies in Women's Literature
    • World History
    • World Literature
    • World Religions

Contact Us

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  • Photo of John Igwebuike

    Dr. John Igwebuike 

    Director of School Culture
    (312) 432-8408
  • Photo of Rychelle Hooper

    Ms. Rychelle Hooper 87

    Science Teacher & Diversity Coordinator
    (312) 421-5900

Saint Ignatius College Prep

Saint Ignatius College Prep, a Jesuit Catholic school in the heart of Chicago, is a diverse community dedicated to educating young men and women for lives of faith, love, service and leadership.