Bridging theory and practice

The Marquette University Center for Peacemaking operates at the intersection of thought and action. Informed by the Jesuit mission of reconciliation and working for peace, the Center for Peacemaking fosters research and action for the promotion of social justice, human dignity and peace.

As the only academic center at a Catholic university that explicitly focuses on exploring the power of nonviolence, our programs bring together students, faculty and the wider community to achieve three main objectives:

  • Formation — shaping the values of youth and young adults through unique educational, experiential and applied learning opportunities.
  • Scholarship — producing high-quality and community-based participatory research that expands our understanding of how to address inequalities, resolve conflict and promote human dignity.
  • Community peacemaking — leading programs that disrupt cycles of violence, address root causes of conflict, and help build strong, resilient and inclusive communities.

Local and international partnerships

The Center for Peacemaking works with partner organizations to model creative nonviolent responses to pressing problems and to achieve a distinctive impact locally and internationally. Our key partners include:

  • Catholic Relief Services — the leading international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS is recognized for its expertise and history of developing sustainable peace-building initiatives.
  • Milwaukee Public Schools — provides an education to more than 75,000 youth each year. MPS strives to develop student leaders with skills in mediation and conflict transformation.
  • Archdiocese of Milwaukee — provides a Catholic education to more than 30,000 youth each year.
  • Near West Side Partners Inc. — a nonprofit organization founded through Aurora Health Care, Harley-Davidson, Marquette University, MillerCoors and the Potawatomi Business Development Corp. to revitalize and sustain the Near West Side neighborhoods as a thriving business and residential corridor through collaborative efforts to promote economic development, improved housing, unified neighborhood branding, and even greater safety for residents and businesses.
  • Voices for Creative Nonviolence — an organization with deep, long-standing roots in active nonviolent resistance to war-making.
  • Afghan Peace Volunteers — a cohort of multiethnic Afghans engaged in grassroots peacemaking efforts to promote a nonviolent and peaceful future for Afghanistan.

A vibrant and inclusive space

The center's offices are filled with the vibrancy, energy and joy that our community of staff, students, faculty and community members bring to our shared work of building a more just world. As a space dedicated to learning and growth, we welcome all people and encourage the discussion, debate, and exchange of ideas with the goal of seeking truth.

The Center for Peacemaking supports Marquette's Statement on Human Dignity and Diversity to cherish the dignity of each individual regardless of age, culture, faith, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, language, disability or social class.