Monday, March 27




news from the office of international education


Watch our new video: You are welcome here!

The Office of International Education is proud to share its new video titled “You are Welcome Here.”


Marquette University is home to nearly 700 international students from around the world, including students impacted by two recent executive orders. We stand in solidarity with our international students and want to be clear that Marquette is a welcoming enviornment for all students.


President Lovell and other senior leaders commented on the subject in a message to campus stating that they "stand with our international students and any other students whose family is impacted by this evolving situation."


The #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign was started by Temple University and more than 100 colleges and universities are now participating. The national campaign being used by various universities is a welcome message from U.S. higher education to international students.

Tomorrow- Daring to resist: Perspectives from a Ugandan LGBTI advocate

The Marquette Democracy project will host Clare Byarugaba, Ugandan LGBTI activist for a public lecture on Tuesday March 28, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in AMU Room 227. RSVP at


Uganda, the 'pearl of Africa' as its famously known has become synonymous with the 'Kill the gays' bill. Since its inception in 2009, the draconian bill led to unprecedented levels of intolerance and violence against a minority group, which until then had remained under the radar. What caused Uganda to take such a dangerous stance against Homosexuality, and how have advocates fought back, in one of the most volatile environments for LGBT rights activism? Clare Byarugaba, an LGBTI activist from Uganda, will address these questions.


Clare Byarugaba is an LGBTI activist and feminist from Uganda, a country where homosexuality acts are criminalized. For two years, she coordinated a national Coalition that used its collective power to successfully fight the notorious Anti Homosexuality bill 2009 until its passage in 2014. After its passage into law, Clare was outed as a lesbian on the front page of a national tabloid newspaper and forced to go into hiding in the face of a national witch-hunt that included death threats. Despite the increased risk of arrest and mob violence, Clare persevered and the Coalition filed a Constitutional Petition that led to the annulment of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act. In her current position at a Chapter Four Uganda, a Civil liberties organization, Clare is building Uganda’s first chapter of PFLAG, a global organization that supports families and allies of LGBTI persons. She and the coalition were awarded the 2011 U.S. State Department Human Rights Defender Award. She is also the 2014 Oak Human Rights these questions.


This event is part of the Marquette Democracy Project, a four-part lecture series inviting international speakers to address social justice issues. Learn more:



Christian-Muslim Relations in America Today

Visit the event website to vew the full schedule and session descriptions.

This interdisciplinary symposium will take place March 27-29 in ballrooms A and B of the Alumni Memorial Union. Topics include “Extremism and Terrorist Violence in the United States Today,” “Hard Questions for Muslims and Christians Working Together” and “Muslim-Catholic Women’s Dialogue: Lessons from the Past and Future Prospects.”


Please note, the first two days are open to the public, and the last day is open to the Marquette Community.


Order an international flag sash for graduation by April 7

Are you graduating? Have you gone overseas on an international program through Marquette? Or do you hold citizenship from another country?

If so,take advantage of an opportunity to stand out from the crowd at graduation and represent your international experience by purchasing an international flag sash to wear at the ceremony. Anyone who has gone overseas on a Marquette international program or who holds citizenship from a country other than the US is eligible to wear a flag sash, and every country is available! The sashes are high quality and make an excellent memento that you can display for the rest of your life. Visit the Office of International Education to view a sample.

To purchase a flag sash to wear at graduation, complete the order form and turn it in with a check to the Office of International Education (Holthusen Hall, fourth floor) by Friday, April 7. The cost is $32 for a single country sash, $42 for a double country sash and $52 for a triple country sash. Checks should be made out to Marquette University. Graduates will be notified when sashes are available for pickup in the Office of International Education. Order forms are available at OIE, Holthusen Hall, fourth floor or via the link below

Deadline: Friday, April 7
Order Form:International Flag Sash Order Form
Cost: $32/$42/$52 (must accompany order form)

This is a unique opportunity - don't pass it up! For questions, contact the Office of International Education at 414-288-7289 or

Marquette's new Latin American Studies program addresses the need for cross-cultural understanding in light of globalization

Learn about Marquette's new Latin American Studies program!

When registering for classes this spring, consider a major or minor in Latin American Studies. Marquette’s new program creates a holistic learning experience through cross-discipline academics and hands-on experiences.

The Latin American Studies program is new to Marquette as of the 2016-17 school year, although studies on the area have been occurring at Marquette for a long time. The foundations of the program lie more than 50 years ago, according to Dr. Julia Paulk, director of the Latin American Studies program.

“A significant number of faculty members at Marquette were already doing research in areas related to Latin American Studies as well as offering classes to students,” said Dr. Paulk.

Campus programming such as the What’s Next for Latin America forum hosted at Raynor Library and the El Salvador Symposium sponsored by the Office of International Education in 2014 helped push the university towards the creation of the academic program. Recent student interest in a major in Latin American Studies has been a growing in the last decade as well. Collaborative work between the departments of Political Science and Foreign Languages and Literatures worked for the development and approval of the new interdisciplinary program on campus.

What exactly does this program entail? Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary major or minor that combines courses in History, Political Science, Economics, Spanish, Philosophy and Theology.

“This program is especially appealing for those students whose driving interest is Latin America and who want to have a deep understanding of many facets of the region,” said Paulk. Continue reading.

Student profile: James Langhenry

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2015 graduate James Langhenry reflects on his time spent abroad during his undergraduate career.

Name: James Langhenry
Graduation Year: 2015    
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Major: International Affairs

What study abroad programs did you participate in?
Universite Laval (Quebec City, Canada): French Immersion Program
Sciences Po. (Menton, France): International Relations Program focusing on the Middle East and Mediterranean Region

Can you describe these programs?
Universite Laval’s French immersion program provides classes in grammar, phonetics, and culture. During the afternoon, students participate in extracurricular activities such as dance, art, or music all taught by Laval students. You can live in on campus or in a homestay, which is the biggest reason my French improved. Quebec City is incredible, and with very little english spoken a great place to learn French sans the Parisian attitude. I would also imagine a very picturesque place to get engaged.

Sciences Po. has eight campuses in France specializing in international relations, with each campus focusing on a specific region. The program in Menton focuses on the Middle East and Mediterranean with classes taught in French and English. Menton is located where France, Italy, and the Mediterranean Sea meet which which means great weather, but the best part of the program is how involved you can become. The campus has only around 300 students, which allows exchange students to jump into the academic and social life by joining sports teams, clubs, and the social scene.

Why did you choose these programs?
To take full advantage of my time, I wanted to force myself out of my comfort zone by choosing programs that no other Marquette students had previously done, and that would allow me to join academic and social life without being forced into a bubble of exchange students. My theology professor Fr. Mueller attended Universite Laval, which inspired myself and my fellow Marquette student Joe Schafer to go to Quebec. As for Sciences Po, I did have one of my best friends from Lithuania there full time, and he along with the OIE made Menton an easy sell.

For what reasons are you considering attending graduate school abroad?
I am hoping to return to Sciences Po. Paris in the fall for a masters degree in environmental politics. While my parents are convinced I just want to marry a French girl, tuition is less expensive, I can continue my education in French, and study at one of the world’s best universities. Continue reading.

Scholarship resource for refugees

A new platform offers 600+ scholarships and programs for displaced university students.


The Institute of International Education (IIE) and the Catalyst Foundation for Universal Education have launched an online clearinghouse to connect displaced students with opportunities to continue their education in safety around the world. With support of eight international organizations, the new IIE Platform for Education in Emergencies Response (IIE-PEER) currently offers more than 600 scholarships, language learning and online courses in numerous countries for college and graduate students whose access to education has been cut off by crises in their home countries.

Visit the IIE website to read the full press release.


The Consulate of Mexico in Milwaukee presents its benefit spring concert

This event will be held at 1451 North Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, WI. 53203


On Saturday, April 1 the Consulate of Mexico in Milwaukee will host its benefit spring concert at 1451 Renaissance Place. Local Mexican brass band, M5, will be headlining the event.


Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the musical performance starts at 6:00 p.m. Although admission is free, there is a suggested donation of $10 to benefit Real Men Wear Pink. To make a reservation, email or call (414) 944-7586 ext. 110.


Remembering Archbishop Oscar Romero

Photo credit: Carolina Batista

"It is not God's will for some to have everything and others to have nothing." -Archbishop Romero


Marquette’s Office of International Education commemorates the 37th anniversary of the assassination of the Archbishop Romero this past Friday. The Archbishop was gunned down while celebrating Mass in a small chapel on hospital grounds in San Salvador. Romero was martyred for speaking truth to power in the name of the economically poor of El Salvador. Archbishop Romero, Presente!



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