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Mission and Strategic Plan

  • As a Catholic, Jesuit institution in the urban heart of Milwaukee, community engagement is essential to Marquette and it's mission-- "to develop men and women who will dedicate their lives to the service of others, actively entering into the struggle for a more just society."
  • Marquette's four pillars:
    • Excellence
    • Faith
    • Leadership
    • Service
      • Commitment to building a better world
      • Ethos of service in University culture
  • Marquette's recent strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries, identifies "Social Responsibility through Community Engagement" as one of six core themes
  • Marquette is committed to engaging with the Milwaukee community and the wider world, as evidence of their mission and strategic plan

Origins of the Office

  • President Michael R. Lovell established the Office of Community Engagement in January of 2016
  • The Office of Community Engagement is housed within the Office of the Provost
  • The Office is the central clearinghouse for community engagement activities and promotion of the scholarship of engagement
  • Marquette engages with their community through numerous research, teaching, and service partnerships locally, nationally, and globally
  • As a part of the Milwaukee community, Marquette strives to partner with community organizations, and members, to collectively support the assets, and respond to the pressing needs of the city and broader world

Near West Side Partners

  • The Near West Side Partners is a local initiative led by five anchor institutions
    • Aurora Health Care
    • Harley-Davidson
    • Marquette University
    • MillerCoors
    • Potawatomi Business Development Corporation
  • The Near West Side Partners aim to revitalize and sustain the Near West as a residential and business corridor
  • Marquette has been involved in the three-year PARC initiative (short for Promoting Assets, Reducing Crime) and has identified key community partners to help increase economic opportunity available in the community
  • The NWSP allow Marquette students, faculty, and staff, to participate in meaningful research, teaching and service opportunities



Group gathering at the NWSP logo unveiling


Driven to realize Marquette’s Catholic, Jesuit mission, students, faculty and staff strive to play an increasingly vital role in our city and our world, working with our partners to tackle pressing challenges and build hope where it’s needed most.

Established in early 2016, the university’s Office of Community Engagement serves as the central clearinghouse for community engagement activities, with a focus on bidirectional, community-based research partnerships.

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Daniel J. Bergen, Ph.D.
(414) 288-3033
Executive Director
Office of Community Engagement