The Committee on Diversity and Equity is responsible for ensuring, promoting, facilitating, and monitoring diversity and equity opportunities at Marquette University. Its business may be initiated by the University Academic Senate, the Provost, other University Academic Senate bodies, individual faculty, academic staff, or undergraduate, graduate, or professional students.
Conducted for the first time in 2015, the Campus Climate Survey is a way to measure the climate of diversity and inclusiveness on Marquette's campus with regard to race, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation, religious affiliation, and veteran status. The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion analyzes the results and provides guidance to university leadership for how to improve attitudes, behaviors, standards, and practices of employees and students of the institution, and leads the university in the implementation of the resulting action steps.
The role of the Marquette University Committee on Equity and Inclusion (CEI) (formerly the Diversity Advisory Committee) is to create and sustain campus-level focus on diversity, equity, and ultimately achievement of inclusive excellence throughout the university, amongst students, faculty, staff and campus leaders.
The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion shares responsibility for the implementation of the Culture of Inclusion theme goals from the university’s strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries. These goals include: attracting, retaining, and graduating a diverse and inclusive community of students, attracting and retaining a diverse and inclusive community of faculty and staff committed to our mission, enhancing opportunities for diverse and inclusive learning and scholarship, fostering a community culture that values, respects, welcomes, and promotes a sense of belonging and engaging diverse communities beyond the boundaries of our campus.
Each year, the Office of the Provost, supported by the Office of the President, recognizes a faculty and a staff member who demonstrates exemplary leadership and that manifests the ideals of diversity, equity and inclusion into practical action. These awards celebrate and promote student-centered inclusion initiatives, efforts to support recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and/or students, teaching and/or research that expands and embraces our understanding of inclusiveness, multicultural programming or related initiatives, and community outreach activities.
This search process should be followed for all tenure-line hires (tenure-track or tenured appointments). Prior to undertaking any search, the Dean and Provost must approve the search.
In spring of 2016, a group of equity-minded students had a dream: to create a special scholarship for undocumented students attending Marquette University. With the help of dedicated staff, these students put together the inaugural Dreamers Gala to raise funds for the Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J. Dreamers Scholarship. Now an annual event, the Dreamers Gala continues to raise funds for undocumented students who demonstrate merit and financial need in pursuing a Marquette University education.
The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion supports the development of innovative courses that explore issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion and that are rooted in culturally responsive pedagogy and equity-mindedness. To that end, in 2019 the office is piloting a program to award summer grants of up to $1500 to several full-time faculty to develop new courses or significantly revise existing courses.
Marquette University has announced that it will be seeking the federal designation of a Hispanic Serving Institution.This would require the university to increase its full-time undergraduate Hispanic enrollment to 25% of the student body.
The Metcalfe Chair is a non-residential visiting scholar of African-American, Latinx, or Native American heritage. In 1981, Marquette University established this program to honor the legacy of Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr., a Marquette alumnus who graduated from the College of Liberal Arts in 1936. After a distinguished Olympian who earned gold and silver medals in the 1932 and 1936 Olympic Games, Metcalfe served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Upon returning to his native Chicago, Metcalfe held a series of political posts before he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Metcalfe died on October 10, 1978; however, his legacy lives on at Marquette through this program.
This program is intended to increase the presence of underrepresented ethnic groups by supporting doctoral candidates in completing their dissertation. The fellowship is named in honor of Dr. Arnold L. Mitchem, who earned his doctorate from Marquette in 1981 and is an internationally recognized champion of educational opportunity. The program provides a doctoral student with one year of formal mentoring and financial support, including a stipend, fringe benefits, and research and travel funds.
Each spring, the University Committee on Equity and Inclusion hosts the Symposium on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice. Launched in 2019, this symposium serves as an “institutional examen” – a time to look inwardly at who we are and who we are called to be. In a dialogic process, we explore discrimination at the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, discuss how we are working to address these issues, and offer a vision for the future of equity and inclusion at Marquette.
See this year's keynote speech delivered by Dr. Grant Silva, Associate Professor of Philosophy, here.