Welcome From The Dean

As we begin our Fall semester 2020-2021, we want to welcome you to what is surely a unique semester start! We look forward to getting to see those of you who are returning and get to know those of you are just beginning and working together on your journey to become The Marquette Nurse. We also want to provide an update in light of all that’s happening and assure you that we are working hard to make the upcoming year phenomenal despite our unusual times. Between the reality of COVID-19, and the horrors experience related to racial injustices, we are thinking about you, and your student experience. We are working hard to assure that you continue to learn in an engaged way, irrespective of the models for teaching, in an inclusive environment that is as safe as it can be, based on the best available data around COVID.

Marquette University College of Nursing brings you a unique learning experience, one that is grounded in the values of the Ignatian tradition, a focus on excellence, faith, leadership, and service,  with nationally renowned faculty whose research and influence are shaping nursing education and nursing care across the profession. We offer you individualized, evidence-based, high quality teaching-learning experiences so you may be all you can be, and “Be the Difference” for the patients, families, and communities you serve.

This year we will continue that commitment to excellence, despite the challenges the world is facing.  We are learning each day from experts in public health, recognizing that we do not yet fully understand the patterns and trajectory of the virus for the next year, and we are planning continuously to be prepared. One way to address this unpredictability is the change to the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semester calendars. The complete academic calendar is available at https://www.marquette.edu/central/registrar/calendars-exams-schedules.php#2020-2021.  We will continue to emphasize COVID safety on campus using the best evidence in our decision making.

As it relates to social justice issues, the killing  of George Floyd and others, rocked our entire community and world, and has opened the doors of further dialog and efforts to continue pursuit of social justice, health equity, and an environment committed to addressing racism, inequity, and injustice in any form. The College of Nursing has defined a Statement of Solidarity – Marquette Nurses Against Injustice. We have also finalized a College of Nursing Diversity and Inclusion statement.

The Marquette College of Nursing education shines in moments like these. Our foundation of cura personalis, combined with the amazing gifts our students bring, along with the dedicated excellence of our faculty, provides the unique experience that becomes the Marquette Nurse. We are confident that this fall will bring renewed learning and new opportunities for self-discovery as we move through these challenging months together. We look forward to the journey with you! Please reach out and get to know your faculty, advisors, and administrative team as we all want to help you become the best  you can be!

Sincerely,

 

Janet Krejci

Dr. Janet Wessel Krejci
Dean of the College of Nursing
Marquette University