Statement on Human Dignity and Diversity
As a Catholic, Jesuit university, Marquette recognizes and cherishes the dignity of each individual regardless of age, culture, faith, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, language, disability or social class. Precisely because Catholicism at its best seeks to be inclusive, we are open to all who share our mission and seek the truth about God and the world. Through our admissions and employment policies and practices, our curricular and co-curricular offerings, and our welcoming and caring campus environment, Marquette seeks to become a more diverse and inclusive academic community dedicated to the promotion of justice.
Our commitment to a diverse university community helps us to achieve excellence by promoting a culture of learning, appreciation and understanding. Each member of the Marquette community is charged to treat everyone with care and respect and to value and treasure differences. This call to action is integral to the tradition which we share.
The LGBTQ+ Resource Center, located in the Alumni Memorial Union 140, is focused on support and advocacy for the needs of our students, staff, and faculty with gender, romantic, and sexual minority identities. The Center is a welcoming and inclusive space, open to all, and seeks to provide an atmosphere of great dialogue, engagement, and compassion. They also provide Heart 2 Hearts and QTPOC Support Groups for students.
The LGBTQ Employee Resource Group works to build a supportive and affirming atmosphere for LGBTQ staff and faculty at Marquette University. The primary objectives of ERGs are to promote a sense of community, build personal and professional networks, enhance employee support and retention, and assist in attracting new employees to Marquette to foster a diverse and inclusive community. The LGBTQ ERG organizes social and educational events for Marquette faculty and staff who identify as LGTBQ or as allies.
The Marquette Genders & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) exists to provide an open forum for the sexual and gender minority young adults of our university and their allies to discuss and share with one another in a safe, comfortable, student-led environment. It will work to educate both its members and the members of the wider community on the issues faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals and to combat the presence of intolerance in our society through the promotion of equality, understanding, and acceptance.
Additional on-campus, local, and national resources can be found here.
Pride Month Event, 2021
The LGBTQ ERG will host Nate Koch, senior manager of social marketing, influencer and brand PR at Kohl’s, and leader of Kohl’s Pride Business Resource Group, for a Zoom event on Wednesday, June 23rd from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Nate will share the journey of Kohl’s Pride BRG and how it has grown over the years by creating meaningful events, establishing connections with the community, and gaining support for all BRG’s from Kohl’s leadership. This event is sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and the Marquette Employee Resource Groups. This event will highlight the importance of our ERG community and inspire us to grow our ERG footprint on campus, continuing our efforts in making Marquette a more inclusive place. Register online.
The interdisciplinary Gender and Sexualities Studies (INGS) major and minor promote a critical, feminist, intersectional and cultural understanding of gender, sexuality and power in a global context and across disciplinary boundaries. In addition to fostering human understanding, they provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for just and equitable leadership in professional, civic and religious roles.
Increasing our inclusion on campus for students, staff, and faculty with gender romantic, and sexual minority identities is on all of us. We each can continue to grow and contribute to a culture of dignity and excellence. The LGBTQ+ Resource Center’s campaign of Safer Spaces is designed to build a network of allies, host continual conversations, and provide educational workshops to our campus communities. Please join us in this on-going work.
In 2020, Dr. Jennica Webster, associate professor of management, published “Because You’re Worth the Risks: Acts of Oppositional Courage as Symbolic Messages of Relational Value to Transgender Employees,” in the Journal of Applied Psychology.
Bias Incident Reporting
A bias incident is any discriminatory or hurtful act that appears to be motivated or is perceived by the victim or victims to be motivated by race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, sex, ability, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, socioeconomic status or language. To be considered a bias incident, the act is not required to be a crime under any federal, state or local statutes. Learn more about bias incidents and how to report them.
Hate crimes are bias incidents that are also considered to be criminal behavior. Hate crimes must be reported to MUPD. If you are unsure if the bias incident that you wish to report is a hate crime, please contact the MUPD.