“A culture of inclusion” is one of the six main themes of the university’s strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries. The strategic plan is a road map for the university’s long-term future, and the prominence given to diversity and inclusion within this plan shows a university-wide commitment to being an open and welcoming place for all. Objectives include the following:
- Attract, retain and graduate a diverse and inclusive community of students.
- Attract and retain a diverse and inclusive community of faculty and staff committed to our mission.
- Enhance opportunities for diverse and inclusive learning and scholarship.
- Foster a community culture that values, respects, welcomes, and promotes a sense of belonging.
- Engage diverse communities beyond the boundaries of our campus.
We’re already seeing results. Of the first-year student class for the 2016-17 academic year, 30 percent were students of color.
We’ve conducted a campus-wide climate study to measure aspects of diversity and inclusiveness on Marquette's campus and create action steps based on its findings.
Our Center for Engagement and Inclusion is a resource dedicated to enhancing the overall quality of the Marquette experience of underrepresented diverse students by supporting, facilitating, and promoting academic, social, cultural, and personal success. The Center provides supplemental resources to support student development and growth in the areas of leadership education and training, social justice education, student advocacy, retention and mentoring programs, community outreach, and diversity celebration.
We’ve encouraged dialogue among all of our students to better understand the ongoing national conversation about diversity and inclusion. That includes the Marquette Forum, Freedom Dreams Now, a yearlong series of conversations inspired by visions of inclusion and a better world emerging from Black freedom struggles.
Our campus leaders are engaged in issues of racial justice, both in Milwaukee and nationally.
The President's Commission on Racial Equity serves as a locus of discussion on equity, diversity, and inclusion that will better inform ongoing planning.
Marquette has a wide variety of courses and academic programs related to the study of diverse cultures. Marquette supports faculty grant programs which include the Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr. Chair, grants for diverse curricular development, and the Excellence in Diversity Grants.
Marquette has several student organizations, such as the Latin American Student Organization, the Black Student Council, the Native American Student Association, multicultural Greek organizations, and academic-based affinity groups that provide support and community for a broad range of diverse students.
We’ve made progress as an institution, but we have much more work to do. Toward that end, we’ve set ambitious and specific goals related to recruiting students and faculty from diverse backgrounds.