Opportunities for Community Engagement

Student community engagement opportunities

  • Marquette University Student Government enables students to come together and plan programming through the Community Enagagement Committee (CEC) and Diversity Inclusion and Social Justice Committee (DISJ). CEC is committed to service and forging bonds with the Avenues West and Near West Side neighboorhoods through outreach and personal interaction to bridge the gap between Marquette and the larger Milwaukee community. DISJ focuses on making the surrounding community feel safe for all who want to be a part of making social change, by bringing awareness to issues students feel the need to discuss on campus. Both DISJ and CEC also work in tandem with the Center for Intercultural Enagagement and the LGBTQ+ Center
  • The Center for Community Service connects you with the right volunteer opportunity. Serve weekly with Marquette Volunteer Corps, join a student organization, learn about our community at Meet Milwaukee, or participate in one of our service days. Not sure where to start? Email mucommunity@marquette.edu to set up a personal advising appointment.
  • Briggs & Al's Run for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • Service Learning is an academic program which enables students to perform meaningful community service related to their courses. Each semester, many professors at Marquette offer their students a service option as a means to learn in practice what they are learning in theory in the classroom. Community agencies and residents benefit from the services provided by the students and become partners in their education as well. Service learning classes are offered in many departments and demonstrate the creative expertise of faculty committed to extending disciplinary work into local communities. Currently, approximately 1,200–1,300 students from 55–65 university courses are placed at 100–125 community agencies each semester..
  • Hunger Clean-up is now Marquette’s biggest day of service, the program began as a modest effort by students to combat hunger and homelessness in Milwaukee. Every year in April, a dedicated team of student leaders brings together approximately 1,500 individuals to volunteer with over 50 agencies. The Hunger Clean-Up team selects three community agencies to receive a $3,000 grant to support their work or start a new project. The program hopes to address injustice in our Milwaukee community through direct service and philanthropy, lay the foundation for further service and raise awareness within the Marquette community about the challenges we face together in our city.
  • Held at the beginning of each semester in conjunction with OFest, the Community Service Fair is your chance to chat with local agencies and find the perfect volunteer opportunity.



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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