Community Impact

Being the difference with our partners

In 2015 Marquette University faculty and staff received $9.9 million through corporate, foundation, state and federal grants to conduct community-engaged research and provide service to address community-based issues in Milwaukee and beyond.

Marquette also invests more than $12 million worth of care and services annually in the city through its centers, clinics (dental, legal and health), institutes and programs. Additionally, the Marquette University Police Department conducts more than 90 percent of its work in the public right of way at a cost of more than $5 million annually.

Beyond faculty and staff, Marquette undergraduate and graduate students embrace the mission of the university and actively seek ways to engage the broader community through service and community-based learning. Highlights of this engagement include:

  • In 2014–2015, 7908 undergraduate and graduate students spent 553,398 service hours working in the community.
  • Hunger Clean-up has served the Milwaukee community for over 25 years. In 2016 this entirely student-led initiative engaged 1,433 volunteers to serve at 70 sites, representing 42 different partnerships. It also provided $12,000 in grants to local nonprofits.
  • Marquette's Service Learning Program connects approximately 1,200–1,300 students to more than 110 community organizations and nonprofits each semester.
  • Of particular note, in recognition of the faculty, staff and student engagement occurring across the institution, Marquette University received the 2015 Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement.
  • Previous Marquette student, Allison Dikanovic, initiated the creation of Youth Rise, a new online magazine telling the stories of teens making a difference in Milwaukee.

Near West Side Partners Impact

Hundreds of students and more than a dozen faculty from across campus have contributed to this collaborative model of community development sponsored by five institutional anchors including Marquette. Highlights include:

  • Economics students compiling and evaluating commercial and residential real estate data.
  • Political science students gaining applied learning experiences by conducting surveys of residents, employees and peers.
  • Business faculty and students organizing a neighborhood charrette and contributing to a local “shark tank” business plan competition to attract new businesses.
  • Members of Marquette University Student Government engaging in neighborhood clean-ups and attending local landlord compacts to learn more about the concerns and efforts of local property owners/managers.
  • Collectively reducing crime through place-based interventions and collaborations.
  • Supporting the expansion of a monthly community meeting connecting residents of the seven neighborhoods that make up the Near West Side.
  • Installing neighborhood ambassadors, equipped to respond to safety concerns and provide resources to community members.


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