Adopting a 3:2:1 Champions goal, Marquette seeks three student-, and two faculty-, champions for social innovation in every one college, furthering the Initiative’s cross-campus, inter-disciplinary approach.
Faculty Champions will:
Why are Faculty Champions important? Because successful, engaged learning often starts with the willingness of faculty to capture student imagination, equipping students with the knowledge they need to embark on a fulfilling life-journey (“tool for learning”) and encouraging students’ passions and interests to be agents of positive social change (“framework for life”).
Why are Marquette faculty well-suited to the task? Ninety-three percent of faculty surveyed believe there is high (71%) or very high (22%) alignment between the field of social innovation and Marquette’s Catholic, Jesuit institutional mission & identity, including, of course, a concern for the poor and marginalized. (Survey conducted following the Fall Faculty Institute on Teaching Social Entrepreneurship, December 2010.) Faculty interest is a partial response to student demand: 97-percent of students surveyed (N = 387) are interested (20%) or very interested (77%) in more exposure to social innovation as part of their Marquette experience.