The Division of Student Affairs Diversity Committee and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center are offering two training opportunities for faculty and staff this spring. Diversity Advocates training will resume in March 2014 and is a training program for faculty and staff to provide support, mentorship, and advocacy for students by promoting diversity and inclusion on campus. The new training provides more comprehensive tools for developing a diversity consciousness, understanding social identities, identifying acts of discrimination and stereotyping, and developing advocacy skills.
Also this spring, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center in the Office of the Provost will be launching a Safe Zone program to give faculty and staff opportunities to deepen their knowledge about LGBT and gender justice issues, student identity development, and religion and sexuality. Both individuals and departments can participate in Safe Zone training to help build safe and brave spaces and strengthen the network of campus partners interested in gender, sexuality, and diversity on campus.
In Marquette’s commitment to the furthering of knowledge and fulfilling the mission, that seeks a campus climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the entire variety of human experience. The Diversity Committee members are agents of that movement through providing support, mentorship, and advocacy to students, and an exploration platform for faculty, staff, and administrators of the Marquette Community.
We are a body of people who are passionate about creating an inclusive and welcoming campus community in which everyone’s unique backgrounds, identities, cultures and perspectives are respected, embraced and celebrated. We are currently made up of administrators dedicated to provision of student services that not only enhance students’ academic performance, but also nurture the whole person.
We provide support, mentorship, and advocacy to students.
We provide opportunities for education and discussion around issues of diversity that not only help us to serve students, but also help us as employees to continue to grow and learn (thus serving the greater values of the university – Service, Leadership, Excellence, Faith).
We do this for the betterment of the Marquette community, students, faculty, and staff.
Ultimately, we do it to help the students to succeed. However, we help the students by helping ourselves, and visa versa. You cannot impact only one part of the system without impacting the entire system.
Marquette’s commitment to diversity helps foster a culture of learning, appreciation, and understanding. It is in line with our mission.
We do it to contribute to a campus climate in which all people feel valued and supported for who they are, because that is an environment that is conducive to learning. We do it because we as an institution claim to value each person in our community—we are living out that mission and living up to our promise to students, faculty and administrators.