Mission Statement

Aligned with the Marquette University and Division of Student Affairs missions, the Office of Intercultural Engagement supports the moral, ethical, social and spiritual development of our students through its two centers: the LGBTQ+ Resource Center and the Center for Intercultural Engagement. We support academic success and empower students to be leaders who contribute to their communities and Marquette University. Our goal is to support the overall adjustment to campus life, improve student retention and graduation rates, and enhance the overall quality of the Marquette experience for culturally and racially diverse students.

Vision

Recognizing the richness of diversity and the value of a racially and culturally diverse population, the Center for Intercultural Engagement fosters a culture of respect and appreciation for diversity. We believe this contributes to Marquette’s academic environment by presenting multiple positions and ways to understand the world and its issues. Through campus collaborations, student advocacy, and social justice education, the Center nurtures a diverse and inclusive environment where all students, particularly historically underrepresented students, can thrive as scholars, leaders, and human beings. We aim to support the understanding and appreciation of diversity, and to empower students to be critical thinkers. We seek to graduate leaders who will bring about positive change towards the creation of a more just society.

Staff

Gary Cooper-Sperber (He Him, His)
Assistant Director of Intercultural Engagement for African American Student Services
Center for Intercultural Engagement
Office of Intercultural Engagement
Gary.Cooper-Sperber@marquette.edu

DeJuan Washington (He/Him/His)
Coordinator of Intercultural Engagement
dejuan.washington@marquette.edu
414-288-3212

Born in Milwaukee, WI, DeJuan is a first generation student who attended high school at Riverside University High School. He then went on to receive a B.A in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and his M.ED in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University. DeJuan has a list of experiences ranging from being a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar, contributor to the L.E.A.P (Liberal Education and America's Promise) initiative, and former Graduate Assistant of Intercultural Engagement, ect. He is the epitome of perseverance and desires to act as a resource to students during their unique journeys towards excellence.

Sonia Escamilla (She, Her, Hers)
Graduate Assistant, Center for Intercultural Engagement
sonia.escamilla@marquette.edu
414-288-3186

Born in Milwaukee, WI, Sonia is a first-generation student who attended Ronald Reagan IB College Preparatory High School. Then became a Marquette Alumna graduating in 2016 from the college of Health Sciences with a degree in Biomedical Science. Working for Aurora Healthcare for three years, before returning to Marquette to pursue her Master's in Education, Policy and Leadership. Sonia has a list of experiences with organizations such as the Educational Opportunity Program, Ronald E. McNair Research Program, INROADS Networking Program and many student organizations. Sonia aspires to work with multicultural, first-generation college students pursuing a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).

Brittany Ramirez (She/Her/Hers)
Graduate Assistant for Native American Student Services 
brittany.ramirez@marquette.edu
414-288-3214

Born in Woodbridge, VA, Brittany is a first generation student who attended high school at Woodbridge Senior High School. She then went on to receive a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a specialization in Exceptional Education and Medical Spanish at James Madison University. Brittany has a list of experiences ranging from being a teacher's assistant and tutor in the Foreign Language Department at James Madison University, an active member of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, and several other student organizations. She is now a graduate student in the Bilingual English-Spanish Specialization Program in the Speech Pathology Department. Brittany aspires to work with Spanish-speaking families and children living in underdeveloped areas.

Jeremy Johnson (He, Him, His)
Program Assistant
jeremy.johnson@marquette.edu

Jeremy Johnson was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin on October 3rd, 1998. He graduated  Marquette University High School in 2017 , and is now a sophomore at Marquette University where he studies Political Science. In his free time he enjoys to do photography, play basketball, and listen to music.

Koryn St. Clair (She, Her, Hers)
Program Assistant
Koryn.stclair@marquette.edu

Koryn is from Homewood Illinois, a town about 20 minutes south of Chicago. She is now a Junior double majoring in Educational Studies and Psychology. She is the Vice President is Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Mu Beta chapter. She also serves as Event Coordinator for Black Student Council. Koryn is a intelligent and inspiring young woman who aspires to be a School Psychologist to help students in need.

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