CEI Initiatives and Support

The Center for Engagement and Inclusion is staffed by full-time professionals, graduate assistants, and student program assistants. The Center offers a space for students to study, hang out, and socialize, and is open for reservation by student organizations. In addition, we offer the following resources for students:

  • Mentorship and Campus Referrals
  • Leadership Development and Employment Opportunities
  • Multicultural Student Council
  • Student Organization Advising
  • Computers for Student Use

Core Initiatives

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Celebrating Diversity

Opportunities to engage students to better understand and appreciate diversity and social justice.

Celebration Months

Various programs recognizing the diversity awareness months below.

  • September: Hispanic Heritage Month
  • October: LGBTQ+ History Month
  • November: Native American Heritage Month
  • December: Universal Human Rights Month
  • January/February: Black History Month
  • March: Women's History Month
  • April/May: Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Social Justice Education and Leadership Development

Opportunities to develop students as culturally competent leaders and empower them to promote inclusion at Marquette.

Justice in Action Conference: An annual conference focused on advocacy skill development and education on social justice issues.

Student Support/Mentoring

Opportunities to support students from underrepresented racial, ethnic and religious communities, students in the LGBTQ and ally communities, and first generation college students to succeed academically and socially, and to strengthen their connection to the Marquette community.

  • Café Con Leche Monthly Series, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Center for Engagement and Inclusion (AMU 111)
    Join us for coffee as we discuss various topics pertaining to the Latino/Hispanic community in Spanish.
    Dates: TBD
  • Dreamers Discussion Group, Center for Engagement and Inclusion
    A space dedicated for support and advocacy. This series discusses social justice issues around immigration and higher education.
    Bi-weekly On Wednesdays 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Men to Men, Center for Engagement and Inclusion (AMU 111)
    This group serves as a platform for open and honest discussion and cultural enrichment around social justice issues impacting men of color on campus. It strives to provide a sense of community for students of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.
    Dates: TBD
  • LGBQ+ (Orientation/Attraction) Support and Discussion Group, Wednesdays (Alternating), 4 p.m. - 5 p.m., LGBTQ+ Resource Center (AMU 140)
    This group will provide a safe and brave space to discuss and get support from fellow students who similarly identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Queer, Asexual or Aromantic, or otherwise hold non-straight orientations or same gender attractions. This space is also open and welcome to those that are questioning or navigating their orientation/attraction(s).
    Every Other Wednesday
  • Trans and Gender-Diverse Support and Discussion Group, Thursdays (Alternating), 4 p.m. -5 p.m., LGBTQ+ Resource Center (AMU 140)
    This group will provide a safe and brave space to discuss and get support from fellow students who similarly identify as Trans (Binary or Non-Binary), do not align with the gender assigned at birth, and/or are otherwise gender non-conforming. This space is open and welcome to those that are also questioning or navigating their gender.
    Every Other Thursday

Campus Collaborations

Intentional collaborations with campus partners to support students as they engage in areas of diversity and social justice.

Note: This is not a comprehensive listing of all campus collaborations.

  • MLK Days of Engagement: This initiative organized in collaboration with the Center for Community Service is aimed at connecting students to the ideals of Martin Luther King Jr. through passive programming, active community service in the Milwaukee community, and other interactive activities on campus.
  • Soup with Substance: This collaboration with the Center for Peacemaking and Campus Ministry features weekly noon-time presentations on an issue related to social justice over a simple meal of soup and bread.

Advocacy

Opportunities to support and advocate for the needs and experiences of students to promote an inclusive campus climate.

  • Bias Incident Reporting Protocol: This initiative seeks to provide members of the Marquette Community with an online resource to report bias incidents and acts of intolerance.

Functional Areas

The Center for Engagement and Inclusion supports the following functional areas and programs:

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African-American Student Support Services

  • Black History Month
  • Black Male Appreciation Dinner (Fall): This event is designed to empower Black men while also acknowledging the importance of their identity within today’s society. It is a space for Black men to feel celebrated and in community with one another over a nice filling soul food dinner, music and great conversation.
  • Black Women Rock Dinner (Spring): This event is designed to empower women while also acknowledging the importance of their identity within today’s society. It is a space for Black women to feel celebrated and in community with one another over a nice filling soul food dinner, music and great conversation.
  • Soup with Substance Series: Inspired by the “round table discussions” of Peter Maurin and the Catholic Worker Movement, Soup with Substance is a noon-time presentation, on an issue related to social justice over a simple meal of soup and bread.
  • Men2Men: Serves as a platform for open and honest discussion and cultural enrichment around social justice issues impacting men of color on campus. It strives to provide a sense of community for students of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Meets Monthly
  • Malkia Circle: This group serves to cultivate an environment of sisterhood, unity, and support amongst Black women on our campus.
  • Leadership and Brotherhood Summit: In collaboration with the Milwaukee Public Schools’ Department of Black and Latino Male Achievement (BLMA), Marquette University engages in the community-wide effort to support the leadership development, enhance the academic success, and affirm the cultural identity development and dignity of Black, Latino and First Nations male youth of the greater Milwaukee region and Southeast Wisconsin.
  • Informally Advise Black Student Organizations (ASA, BSC, NAACP, etc.)
  • DSA Diversity Committee (Student Involvement Sub-Committee)
  • Black Solidarity Conference at Yale University

Asian-American, Asian, and Pacific Islander Students

The Center for Engagement and Inclusion hosts events during April to celebrate the Asian American, Asian, and Pacific Islander student population at Marquette. Some events have included Taste of Asia, Soup with Substance with guest speakers who identify as Asian and Asian American, and other cultural events in partnership with our Asian and Asian American student organizations.

First Generation College Students

The Center for Engagement and Inclusion celebrated its first National First Gen Day in 2019 on November 7. To learn more about the events of the day and the ways in which the Division supports students who identify as first, please visit the Division of Student Affairs First Generation Students website.

LatinX Students

Latinas Unidas Support Group: A support group for Latinx and Indigenous women. We meet and discuss pressing topics in the country, share personal stories, and support each other as marginalized identities on campus. For more information on how to join please email Brittany Ramirez.

Multicultural Student Council

The mission of the Multicultural Student Council (MSC) is to unite the multicultural student body by providing a space that encourages event collaborations across intersecting identities. This council aims to create a sense of belonging within multicultural students by providing them with the resources needed to effect change within their communities. Below are the goals MSC aims to accomplish:

  • MSC aims to bridge the gap between faculty, staff, and students by creating a safe space for students to directly express their problems and concerns.
  • MSC aims to facilitate action based social justice initiatives within the Marquette community.
  • MSC aims to unite cultural student organizations through programming collaborations and community building.
  • MSC aims to support the personal and professional development of student leaders.
  • MSC aims to promote social awareness and the importance of understanding and embracing differences.

Native American Students

The Native American Student Association is an organization on campus for Native Americans, Indigenous peoples, and allies. It is a group that spreads awareness, builds relationships, and creates community on Marquette’s campus.

RISE

RISE, Ready to Inspire Success and Excellence, is a unique orientation for multicultural and underrepresented students.

Undocumented Students

As a Catholic, Jesuit school, Marquette University stands with our undocumented students and is committed to providing accurate information and resources for current and prospective undocumented students, their families, and allies.

In alignment with these efforts, the Center for Engagement and Inclusion serves as a support to the DREAMer Support Committee and serves as a connection the the DREAMers group.

See additional information regarding Undocumented Student Resources.