Symposium on Diversity, Inclusion & Social Justice

Each spring, the Office of Institutional Diversity 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 Tues., April 23, 2024.

This year's theme is "Building Bridges for an Intentional Community." In a deeply polarized national climate, we are called to walk in “right relationship” with each other – recognizing each other’s inherent dignity and centering our responsibility to engage each other with care, kindness, and compassion

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker Dr. Kaye Whitehead, engage in breakout workshops designed to build capacity for dialogue across difference, and listen to campus leaders during a lunch panel describe how Marquette is working to create an intentional community of mutual respect and support.

Campus stakeholders are encouraged to participate for as much as their schedule permits. REGISTER BY APRIL 16!

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


Past keynote addresses

2023: William Critchley-Menor, S.J., "People Are More Important Than Ideas: An Approach to Historical Reckoning"

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