Mission Statement

Aligned with the Marquette University and Division of Student Affairs missions, the Center for Intercultural Engagement supports the moral, ethical, social and spiritual development of our students. We support academic success and empower students to be leaders who contribute to their communities and Marquette University. Our goal is to support the overall adjustment to campus life, improve student retention and graduation rates, and enhance the overall quality of the Marquette experience for culturally and racially diverse students.

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Recognizing the richness of diversity and the value of a racially and culturally diverse population, the Center for Intercultural Engagement fosters a culture of respect and appreciation for diversity. We believe this contributes to Marquette’s academic environment by presenting multiple positions and ways to understand the world and its issues. Through campus collaborations, student advocacy, and social justice education, the Center nurtures a diverse and inclusive environment where all students, particularly historically underrepresented students, can thrive as scholars, leaders, and human beings. We aim to support the understanding and appreciation of diversity, and to empower students to be critical thinkers. We seek to graduate leaders who will bring about positive change towards the creation of a more just society.

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The Center for Intercultural Engagement strives to achieve its mission and vision by providing the following services:


Eva Martinez Powless
Director for Intercultural Engagement

Born in Muzquiz Coahuila, Mexico, Eva was a first-generation student who attended middle and high school in Crystal City, Texas. Prior to joining the Student Affairs team, Eva worked in Marquette’s Office of Admission for eight years in the role of Assistant Dean and Multicultural Community Outreach. She also brings a community-based perspective by having experience in leadership in the non-profit sector. Eva serves on various committees and is a proud member of the Hispanic Youth and Career Conference planning committee. Eva earned her B.A. in Community Development & Leadership at Alverno College and Master's in Public Service and Leadership at Marquette University.

Bianca Howell
Coordinator for Intercultural Engagement

A Racine, Wisconsin native, Bianca joined the Intercultural Engagement staff in December 2014. Prior to arriving at Marquette, she worked in residence life and student conduct at UW-Madison, University of South Florida St. Petersburg and Central Michigan University. Her perspective is also shaped by her experience working in K-12 education. Bianca serves on a number of committees and is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Bianca earned her B.A. in Criminal Justice at Saint Louis University and M.S. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at UW-Madison.

Maira Rodriguez
Graduate Assistant for Intercultural Engagement

Maira was born and raised in Mundelein, IL. Maira joined the Intercultural Engagement staff in August 2014. In May 2014, Maira received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double major in Sociology and Spanish from St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. Maira is currently pursuing a Master’s of Arts Degree in College Student Personnel at Marquette University. She is a McNair Scholar Program alumni and was very active in student leadership and service in college. Maira is a proud member of the Marquette’s College Student Personnel Association.

Shizun Li
Student Program Assistant

Marina Murphy
Student Program Assistant

Karla Navarro
Student Program Assistant

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