When it comes to equity and inclusion, SLUH is especially proud of several of its alumni who have done notable work toward creating a community where the wounds of poverty, hatred, and discrimination are healed.
ERic clark '83
First Director of Diversity at SLUH before becoming Dean of Students
In 2008, after 16 years at SLUH, he accepted the position of principal of Loyola Academy, where he now serves as President
Michael debaun '78
Medical doctor who studied at Howard, Stanford, and Johns Hopkins Universities
Dedicated his career to improving the lives of children affected with sickle cell disease
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and Director of the Vanderbilt-Meharry Center for Excellence in Sickle Cell Diseasets
Dan Isom '83
Former St. Louis police chief, currently Endowed Professor of Policing and the Community at the University of Missouri-St. Louis
Served on the Ferguson Commission
Member of SLUH Board of Trustees
Henry Hampton '57
Produced the ground- breaking, classic documentary series Eyes on the Prize, which tells the story of America’s civil rights years through interviews with the major figures who made it happen as well as through archival footage
Hampton’s film company Blackside, Inc., has produced over 60 films that have educated America and shaped our national dialogue
Michael harrington '44
Noted activist and public intellectual
Wrote The Other America: Poverty in the United States, which many credit with inspiring the War on Poverty
Bill Pollard III '65
Nationally recognized attorney appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review
Helps qualified young men from poorer parishes to attend SLUH through a scholarship he established in honor of his parents
Daniel Heard '04
First African American to receive a PhD in Statistics from Duke University
During his time at Duke in 2012, Heard supported the defense team for the first set of death row inmates to have their cases heard under North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act, which allowed defendants’ death sentences to be challenged if it was successfully proven that race was a significant factor in the decision to seek the death penalty at the time of the initial trial.
Dr. Heard is now Director of Quantitative Risk Management at the United Services Automobile Association (USAA), a $30 billion financial services company.
"SLUH was one of the pivotal influences both on my intellectual growth and my sense of social justice. I took very seriously the Jesuit motto of 'Men for Others' and the impassioned pedagogy of the faculty. And I continue to learn from SLUH."
- JASON PURNELL '95
Graduate of Harvard, currently Assistant Professor in the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis
Lead scholar on 'For the Sake of All' study, which highlights and addresses public health disparities facing African Americans in the St. Louis region
John Shocklee '35
Tireless activist for civil rights and justice in St. Louis for more than 60 years
Assigned for most of his career to parishes in North St. Louis, Monsignor Shocklee was sometimes referred to as the priest of Pruitt-Igoe, the infamous crime and poverty-stricken housing project
Shocklee’s attention to racial injustice and insistence upon dialogue and mutual respect is credited by some with helping St. Louis to avoid wide-scale destruction and suffering in the wake of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination
"Men for Others is the most impressive part of a SLUH education. I was relieved and encouraged by the environment that my son was in, especially during times like the unrest in Ferguson. It called to mind the words of Dr. King, who said, 'The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in times of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.'"
- Theo Washington
Father of Teddy Washington '18 (both pictured)