2020-2021 Marquette Forum:  Acknowledging and Healing the Wounds of Racial Injustice


Call for proposals: Marquette Forum offering funding for programming related to racial justice

The Marquette community is invited to submit proposals for programming that:

  • * Generates and encourages opportunities to challenge our thinking about racial justice
  • * Addresses how Marquette can move forward in acknowledging the persistence of racism in our institution, our community and across our broader society.
  • * Focuses on where we can strive toward racial justice through innovative thinking and action.
  • The committee encourages proposals that involve collaborations between faculty, staff, students and community partners.
  • The committee is especially interested in proposals that pursue uncharted pathways, particularly those that build bridges between communities and promote cultural diversity and anti-racism in practice.
  • Proposals are due no later than Feb. 1, 2021. Submit proposals to Dr. William Welburn, vice president for inclusive excellence.

As in previous years, the Marquette Forum can offer two types of matching grants:

  • * Up to $500 for events from a single department, student organization or group.
  • * Up to $1,000 for events that cross areas or disciplines.



  • December
  • November 2020
  • October 2020

December events will be added soon. 


Community Engagement Conversations: Pursuing Racial Justice and Equity Through Community Engagement

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

We are excited to announce a series of Community Engagement Conversations focusing on issues of racial equity, the social determinants of health and COVID-19. These panels on critical issues will include leaders from various sectors of our community and will take place in the fall and spring semesters. On Nov. 17, join panelists as they consider the various settings within which they work and the approaches they have taken to advance racial justice and equity through their efforts in community engagement. Whether identifying and changing institutional or industry policies and procedures, or leveraging more intentional and strategic initiatives to elevate opportunities through partnership, participants will discuss the critical role that racial justice and equity must play in current and future efforts in community engagement.

This will be the first of two planned Community Engagement Conversations hosted by the Office of Economic Engagement in partnership with the Marquette Forum, focusing on issues of racial equity, the social determinants of health and COVID-19. The Office of Economic Engagement brings together community engagement, corporate engagement and technology transfer functions to work with internal and external partners to maximize Marquette’s impact in our community and beyond. The Marquette Forum is a series of events hosted to engage students, faculty, staff and the communities making up greater Milwaukee in conversations around racial justice and equity. Lead sponsorship for this programming is provided by Ascension Wisconsin.

Panelists include:
-Meralis Hood, Comm ’02, Market President, City Year
-Antonina Olszewski, Director of Spiritual Care Services, Ascension Wisconsin
- Dr. William Welburn, Vice President for Inclusive Excellence, Marquette University

The event is moderated by Sheena Carey, Jour '81, Grad '83, internship director and lecturer in communication studies in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University.

"Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares" Talk with Aarti Shahani

Monday, October 5, 2020
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
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Much like our country, our companies and organizations are struggling to talk about and heal from racism, sexism, exclusion, polarization, cynicism, distrust. Morale is low — when we need it to be high. Aarti Shahani — award-winning journalist, bestselling author, first-generation immigrant — proposes a clear path forward: boldness + honesty.

Shahani's own journey is remarkable — from undocumented kid to NPR Silicon Valley correspondent, with stops including a ritzy Manhattan prep school, the notorious Rikers Island jail, the hallowed halls of Harvard, an international kidnapping and the September 11th terrorist attacks. Shahani spent nearly half her life fighting to keep her father in America. After winning that campaign, she pivoted to business journalism and a meteoric rise at NPR.

“I got full rides to the best schools. My dad got locked up, his life destroyed, just for trying to feed his family. We’re proof that the American Dream and nightmare are both real. It’s on us — the leaders of families, communities and workplaces — to celebrate what works, indict what doesn’t, and use our power to make change.”

All Marquette University faculty and staff are invited to listen to Shahani'spowerful journey and unique perspective as a first-generation immigrant and woman of color, and to discuss issues of race and allyship. The first 50 people to register will receive a paperback copy of her bestselling memoir, Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares, when it arrives later this fall.

This event is part of the Marquette Forum and is co-sponsored by Marquette's Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Women's Innovation Network and the Institute for Women's Leadership. For questions, please contact Jacki Black at jacqueline.black@marquette.edu.