Service Learning Reflection Sessions

Reflection is one of the most important aspects of service learning. It is where our head, heart, and hands come together to make sense of our experience, better understand the context of those we work with, and for us to discern our learning and values. Check with your professor to find out if attendance at a reflection session is required for your course. Reflection sessions are specifically geared toward service learning experiences. Students should sign-up for reflection sessions through MUEngage. Students who RSVP get priority entry for sessions. Arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving more than 15 minutes early for any reflection session will not be counted as a reflection session attendance. Sessions will be held in-person or virtually, please make note of where and when we will meet.

For online sessions, please note: 

  • It is understandably more difficult to focus online, however we ask that you do your best to remain engaged and participatory. If you do not contribute to the discussion at all we will not be able to verify your attendance. We expect that you will find a quiet place where you will not be distracted and be able to use your video and microphone.  
  • The registration numbers are limited so we have a manageable number to have quality conversations in breakout rooms. **Please do not forward the log-in information to students who did not register, we have an attendance sheet we monitor for entry**

Register for reflection sessions through your service learning course on MUEngage. Refer to this presentation on how to register for reflection sessions on MUEngage if you have questions. 

Spring 2024 Reflection Sessions 

Please only register for one reflection session. If you would like to attend two, please notify the Service Learning Program. We need to make sure we have enough space to accommodate all the students who are required to attend a session and to make sure we have appropriate staffing. If you find yourself unable to attend the session you registered for, please cancel your registration so we can open up the space you held. Please note that reflection sessions do fill up, so you are highly encouraged to register early.


R1: Special Mission Week Offering: A Amar y Servir a Todos: To Love and Serve Others  (In-Person)

  • Wednesday, February 7, 3-5pm, AMU 3rd Floor ballrooms

The goal of this reflection session is to foster Marquette University’s mission to help us all become people for and with others.  In this session, we will discuss what implicit bias is and some strategies to mitigate implicit bias. We will challenge stereotypes that can limit ourselves and how we understand others.  In small groups, people from the Milwaukee community, from a variety of backgrounds, will share their life experiences and take your questions.  Our hope is that these community conversations will deepen your understanding of our shared humanity in order to better love and serve others.

Co-Sponsored by Marquette College of Nursing and Professor Marija Bjegovich- Weidman, and the Office of Mission and Ministry, Mission Week 2024.  

* Please note this session is 2 hours long, if you register, you will be expected to stay for the full session. This session will also be open to the general Marquette community. 


R2: MKE 1001 (In-Person)

  • Tuesday Feb 13, 5-6:30pm,  AMU 157
  • Monday, Feb 19, 3-4:30pm,  AMU 157

Whether you are new to the 414 area code or if you lived your entire life in this city, it is very likely that there are lots of things you don't know about Milwaukee's rich history or some of its current day hidden gems. Join us as we watch a documentary by Adam Carr, created for Marquette students embarking on community engagement opportunities to better understand the strengths, struggles, opportunities, and the beauty of MIlwaukee. After the video we will spend some time discussing our roles, goals, and responsibilities in the city. Please come with any questions or concerns about starting your service learning and we will work to support you!

R3: Justice as a Verb (In-Person)

  • Monday- Feb 26, 4-5:30pm, AMU 163
  • Friday, March 1, 11:30-1pm, AMU 157

Often times we think about what the word Justice means as a noun, reflecting on equality, equity, inclusion. But our Jesuit education calls us to move beyond merely discerning the definition of justice to learning how we, ourselves, promote justice, or become justice do-ers. How can we use our knowledge, our talents and gifts, our experiences, to make positive change in this gritty world? How can justice be a habitual way of acting and a way of living?


R4: Empathy and Pity: Demonstrating Compassion and Care with the Community (Virtual Sessions)

  • Thursday, March 21- 3:30-5pm (Virtual- Zoom link will be sent prior to event)
  • Sunday, March 24- 4-5:30pm (Virtual- Zoom link will be sent prior to event)

Empathy is a powerful attribute and resource in community-engaged work. But empathy is something much different than sympathy or pity. Together we will unpack the difference and think about how we can demonstrate compassion to people who are struggling, without being paternalistic or saviors. How can empathy and compassion motivate us beyond looking at individual needs to advocate for change and equity? 


R5: Separate and Unequal: Educational Inequality (In-Person)

  • Monday, April 8, 6-7:30pm, AMU 163
  • Thursday, April 11, 9-10:30am, AMU 157

This spring marks 70 years since the historic ruling in the case of Brown V. Board of Education, which made racial segregation in public schools illegal. But unfortunately, seven decades later we see schools that are just that: separate and unequal. In this session we will look at why schools remain segregated, and together we will reflect upon how this racial injustice impacts all of us.  


R6: What is my Responsibility to Society? (In-Person)

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2:00-3:30pm, Raynor Library Lower Level Beaumier Suite
  • Wednesday, April 24, 5-6:30pm, AMU 157

Having a college education from a private university is a great privilege. With great privilege comes great responsibility. How do we use what we are learning from our Jesuit education to impact our world in positive ways? How do we use our new insights and knowledge to be active and engaged citizens in our communities?