Dean of Loyola’s School of Education (SOE) Malik Henfield is stepping down from his current role to head the university’s new Institute of Racial Justice, sources confirmed with The Phoenix Dec. 4.
Loyola spokeswoman Anna Rozenich confirmed the dean’s departure in an email to The Phoenix. Henfield will step down on Jan. 1, according to a separate email sent to the Loyola community on Dec. 11.
Rozenich said the Institute for Racial Justice “is an important priority for the university as we strive toward a more diverse, equitable and inclusive Loyola.”
Henfield was a leader in developing the institute, and was “clearly the best person” to continue leading it, Rozenich said.
The Institute for Racial Justice was born from the school’s Anti-Racism Initiative — which has a goal of better supporting Black students, faculty and staff, as well as increasing diversity and equity at the school, according to the school’s website. Henfield was previously on the initiative’s working group, a group of faculty, staff and students advising the Anti-Racism Initiative, the group’s website said.
The SOE will be headed by Markeda Newell as interim dean , according to the Dec. 11 email.
Neither Henfield nor Newell responded to requests for comment at the time of publication.