Symposium on Diversity, Inclusion & Social Justice

Each spring, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, in collaboration with 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. The purpose of the university, and especially the Jesuit university, is to be a convener of difficult conversation and a leader for social justice action. As such, this forum helps prepare us to have challenging intellectual discourse and refresh our values as an institution.

This year’s symposium will take place on April 16, 2021 and will focus on the theme of “Spaces for Healing, Spaces for Action.” In this time of strife, violence, and disease, the unjust structures of our society have been laid bare and existing inequalities have been exacerbated. We need to acknowledge the trauma that many members of our community are experiencing, focus on the well-being of our bodies, minds, and spirits, and heed a call to act – to work toward greater equity and justice in our institution and community.   

We invite all faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members, and other campus stakeholders to take part in the conversation. Please come for all or part of the day as your schedule permits! 

For questions, please contact Jacki Black, director for Hispanic initiatives and diversity & inclusion educational programming.

Past keynote addresses

2019: Dr. Grant Silva,On the Epistemology of Diversity: Decolonizing ‘Difference’ in Academia Today