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Center director’s focus is justice

Susannah Bartlow learned about social justice through her mother, a Methodist pastor. She lived her faith by learning about civil rights in the church and volunteering in soup kitchens.

She arrived at Marquette this summer to begin a new assignment, one that is wholly connected to justice, she 
says, as the first director of Marquette’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center.

“My role is to help people find their voice and to help the center be what the campus community needs it to be,” Bartlow says.

Establishing the GSRC was a recommendation of the Gender Resource Task Force. The center has a twofold mission  to enhance programming, education and scholarship related to gender and sexuality; and to foster a diverse, inclusive and safe environment for students, faculty and staff interested in and affected by gender and sexuality issues.

“This is an important step forward as we continue to embrace diversity and enhance inclusivity within our campus community,” says Dr. William Welburn, associate provost for diversity and inclusion, of bringing Bartlow to Marquette. “The GSRC will encourage dialogue and growth around issues of gender and sexuality  both as a university and as individuals.” AB

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