President's Task Force on Equity and Inclusion
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Marquette University seeks to create a genuinely inclusive, anti-discriminatory campus
climate by strengthening campus efforts at equity, diversity and inclusion. The President’s
Task Force on Equity and Inclusion will put forward a set of recommendations that
will result in positive and enduring changes that are inclusive of Marquette’s students,
faculty, staff leadership and community.
Marquette University is engaged in a series of projects intended to create a transformational
pathway toward a more inclusive campus. The President’s Task Force on Equity and Inclusion
is intended as a full complement to Marquette’s established diversity initiatives
including the development of a campus plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion and
for the MU Campus Climate Study Project, both expected to be completed during the
2015 calendar year. The task force will be informed and guided by the work of the
Diversity Advisory Committee and University Academic Senate Committee on Diversity
The President’s Task Force on Equity and Inclusion has three purposes:
- Serve as a locus of discussion on equity, diversity, and inclusion that will better
inform ongoing planning as well as analysis of campus climate
- Review existing strategies and vet proposed courses of action
- Make recommendations regarding Marquette’s campus and community initiatives
The President’s Task Force on Equity and Inclusion will also employ constructs proposed
by the University Academic Senate Committee on Diversity and Equity to frame discussions
and recommendations. They are:
Diversity refers to the experience of each member of the University community; with the understanding
that each individual possesses unique social identities and that some of these social
identities can intersect. Our commitment to diversity also includes cultivation of
a climate that respects and values individual differences. Thus, the principles of
diversity and inclusion refer to characteristics of each social identity (including
the intersection of multiple identities) as well as systemic factors that lead to
an inclusive community and environment.
Equity is the full embrace of equality and fairness. The term equality is defined to mean
that an individual should receive fair and similar treatment within a given community.
Fairness means just treatment of all persons within the University community with
an acknowledgment that persons with certain social identities have historically been
oppressed within society. Therefore it is important to recognize that personal, cultural,
institutional, and organizational discrimination and stigmatization along social identities
creates and sustains privileges for some while creating and sustaining oppression
for others. Further, the Marquette University community embraces the ethic of cura
personalis (care for the whole person) and shares a commitment to moving beyond tolerance
to embracing diversity.
In addition, the task force will work with the definition of inclusion advanced by
the Association of American Colleges and Universities:
Inclusion: The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in the curriculum,
in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical)
with which individuals might connect—in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge,
cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals
interact within systems and institutions.
University leadership will review the task force and its objectives in spring 2016.