Symposium on Diversity, Inclusion & Social Justice

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. 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 2, 2020 and will focus on the theme of “[Re]Discovering the Call of Marquette.” Using as a foundation Arturo Sosa’s 2018 speech, The University as a Source of Reconciled Life, we will take the day to explore our obligations as a Jesuit institution to work toward greater equity, plunging into the tensions between who we are and who we ought to be.

We invite all faculty, staff, students, alumni and other campus stakeholders to take part in the conversation.

For questions, please contact Dr. William Welburn, vice president for inclusive excellence, or Jacki Black, associate director for Hispanic initiatives.

Past keynote addresses

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