Our Mission Statement
Following in the Jesuit tradition of faithful service, the Service Learning Program at Marquette University facilitates student academic learning through meaningful service experiences, which encourage and enable Marquette's faculty and students to positively impact the community. The Service Learning Program seeks to bring campus and community together in partnership to share resources, meet real community needs, and help to educate women and men to become the change agents of tomorrow.
Commitment to Anti-Racist Community Engagement and Service
The Center for Teaching and Learning- Service Learning Program recognizes that throughout the history of the United States and the world, community service and charity work have often led to problematic, ethnocentric, racist, oppressive, and unjust situations, where even good intentions had hurtful and harmful outcomes. Given this, our office commits to working through an ant-racist framework in our attempts to meet real community needs and work with our community to make it a better place for all.
It is our belief that as part of our Jesuit mission, we must share our gifts and talents to meet the world’s greatest hungers and needs. Service with others is an important aspect of our faith tradition, our own formation, and is the very fabric of a good and moral life. Further, Marquette University has a vested interest in the empowerment and success of our community. However, we must engage in a way that does not patronize the oppressed, but instead holds our neighbor up as our allies in the fight for a more just world.
We commit to:
Decolonizing community engagement work by including those that have been historically marginalized in decision making, program formation, teaching, training, and feedback. We seek to center and amplify the voices of those pushed to the margins.
Continually reviewing and revising taken for granted structures, policies, and procedures that may reinforce a colonialist or white supremist approach to service and engagement.
Providing the necessary preparation, training, and reflection to make sure service participants and leaders understand problematic power dynamics and blinding privilege. We will prepare our constituents to approach their work in the spirit of solidarity, co-learning, and partnership versus being experts, helpers, and saviors.
Preparing a student body, faculty, and a program staff that continually seeks to build their own cultural competency, cultural empathy, and understands that this is a life-long learning journey.
We stand in solidarity with people of different backgrounds and beliefs as our own, including differences in class, gender, sexuality, religion, ability, nation of origin, age, ethnicity, aboriginality, language, education, geographic location, and immigration status.
As Program leaders, we embrace a willingness to be disturbed and be open to critique. We will hold ourselves accountable as a team to reimagine and build a community of learning and service based in anti-racism, social justice, and liberation.
News and Events
In the words of the iconic film, The Wiz, "Can you feel the brand new day?" Welcome back to campus for the Spring 2021 semester. The Service Learning Program is eager to connect you with local organizations in the Milwaukee community. Make sure you read your syllabus and discuss your service learning requirement with your professor. Check out the List of Important Dates for service learning registration information and other important information to start service learning.
Join Our Team
The Service Learning Program is HIRING for the Fall 2021 semester. Application deadline is EXTENDED to May 21, 2021. Check out the job description and apply today!
Marquette was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its eighth consecutive year.
Seed grants available to faculty members who wish to integrate service learning and/or community-based research.
Stories from community partners, faculty and students about how service learning transforms classrooms and communities.