Social Innovator Testimonials

Allison Dikanovic

Allison Dikanovic, Diederich College of Communication, founder of Youth Rise Magazine

“There are not many places an idealistic college student can go to and say, 'Hey I have this idea,' and not only be told, 'You're not crazy,' but also, 'We will do everything we can to help you make that happen.' The Social Innovation Initiative at Marquette is that and so much more. Everyone in the space went above and beyond in every possible way to support me in my project. You can't put a value on a resource like that, one that encourages you to believe in and pursue your most-farfetched dreams for your community and grounds you in the reality of what it will take to actually make that happen.”

Maggie Stang

Maggie Stang, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, Social Intrapreneur at Bee the Change

“The Social Innovation Initiative put words to the type of dignity-affirming change-making that I've always envisioned for my career. In Milwaukee and beyond, Social Innovation challenges me to look for the root of problems and ask questions that lead to real, sustainable solutions. At a Jesuit university, the core of Social Innovation is being a person for and with others, and that is something I will carry with me after graduation day.”

Max Bertellotti

Max Bertellotti, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, Marquette Dorm Fund

“The Social Innovation Initiative consistently pushes me to look for collaboration on Marquette's campus and in the greater Milwaukee community. The Social Innovation Initiative staff go above and beyond to push forward innovation at Marquette especially as it relates to the student experience with our Milwaukee community.”