The center recently completed an 18-month grant program to train 950 members of the Milwaukee Fire Department in cultural competency and conflict.
The project was funded by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services and Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission. The training included collecting department-wide data for use in a 200-page report submitted to the funders for future development.
Two years ago, the center provided facilitators to the Centers for Disease Control to determine the city's views on distribution of the flu vaccine in the event of a pandemic. The one-day public meeting involved citizens from churches, social service agencies, community centers, schools and health-related organizations.
Each year, the center presents a two-day seminar on public policy consensus-building to two delegations of African leaders, one group from East Africas countries and the other from West Africas countries. The delegations are comprised of political leaders, clergy, journalists, academics, social service agency personnel and law enforcement officials who are funded by USAID through Marquette’s Les Aspin Center for Government.