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 Friday, April 1, 2022 and will focus on the theme of “We are ALL Marquette: Telling our Stories. In an age of division and isolation, narratives have the capacity to cultivate community and connection. In particular, because the stories of those who have been historically marginalized are rarely centered in our communal spaces, listening to and honoring those voices not only builds personal agency and empowerment, but it also has the power of building solidarity and momentum toward a more inclusive and equitable world  

Advance registration is required! We invite all faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members, and other campus stakeholders to take part in the conversation. 

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