Service Learning Reflection Sessions

Reflection is an integral part of service learning, and we look forward to taking time to discuss important modern social justice topics with you to promote learning and growth in your individual capacity and Jesuit values. Check with your professor to find out if attendance at a reflection session is required for the course. Reflection sessions are specifically geared toward service-learning experiences. Students can 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: 

  • Students may receive materials to review BEFORE the online reflection session. Students must review the required material before the reflection session and come prepared to participate in the discussion. It is understandably more difficult to focus online, however no participation means no attendance verification. Students will also receive information on how to join the reflection session via email.
  • You must register for online reflection sessions. Please do not forward online log-in information to students who did not register for the online reflection session. We will monitor who is logging into the online space for reflection sessions.
  • Due to limited space, do not register for a reflection session to hold your spot. Please be considerate of others.
  • The number of students allowed for any online reflection session can depend on the number of Service Learning Program staff. We want to make sure the online space is manageable to have quality conversations on the service learning experience. We appreciate your patience.

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. 

Fall 2022 Reflection Sessions 

Please note some of the reflection sessions below are offered twice this semester. Do not register for the same reflection twice. 

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 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.


A Little Context: Introduction to Milwaukee and Your Role in the City 

In Person:  

  • Monday, September 19th 4:30pm – 6:00pm, AMU Room 157 
  • Thursday, September 22nd 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, AMU Room 227 

Whether you are new to the 414 zip code or if you have 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 new documentary by Adam Carr, created for Marquette students embarking on community engagement opportunities to better understand the strengths, struggles, and opportunities of Milwaukee. After the video we will spend some time discussing our roles, goals, and responsibilities in the city.  


R1: What Does It Mean to be Anti-Racist?

In Person: 

  • Tuesday, October 11th 5:00pm – 6:30pm, AMU Room 163 
  • Friday, October 14th 3:00pm – 4:30pm, AMU Room 157  

Your racial identity affects how you serve, your perceptions of the people and organizations you serve. Though sometimes uncomfortable, critical discussions of race must happen if we are to engage in authentic relationships and work towards an anti-racist society. During this session, you will discuss and give examples of how the pervasive nature of white privilege and white supremacy affect you, your service learning experience, and society as a whole. Lastly, you will learn and give examples on ways you can advocate to create an anti-racist society.   


R2: Myths and Facts about the Welfare System 

In Person:  

  • Tuesday, October 25th 8:00 – 9:30am, AMU Room 157 
  • Thursday, October 27th 4:00 – 5:30pm, AMU Room 163 

 According to US Census data about 25% of Milwaukee residents live in poverty. While welfare benefits exist in many forms, many of the programs that exist to help low-income residents have negative stereotypes and stigma associated with using those benefits. Politically, these programs are often under attack and scrutiny. Join us as we discuss how the welfare system provides a safety net to some of the most vulnerable in our community. Together we will learn and discuss who is eligible for these programs, who benefits from them the most, and where the system falls short. How do the current inflation rates impact the need for the welfare system?     


R3: Empathy and Pity: Demonstrating Compassion and Care with Community  

In Person: 

  • Monday, November 7th 6:00pm – 7:30pm, AMU Lunda Room
  • Wednesday, November 9th 4:00 – 5:30pm, AMU Room 157 

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?   


R4: Crime and Violence: A Shadow Pandemic? 

Online via Zoom: 

  • Tuesday, November 15th 6:00pm – 7:30pm 
  • Sunday, November 20th 4:00pm – 5:30pm 

 We know that the Covid-19 pandemic has created desperation, trauma, stress, anxiety, and loss. How might we look at the rising crime, gun violence, and domestic violence rates as symptoms of a larger issue? In this session we will hear from experts about how Covid-19 has exasperated violent occurrences here in Milwaukee. How do we work to bring peace to traumatized people and communities? How has your service learning site responded to the immediate needs caused by violence and crime? 


R5: Reflecting on My Service: Where Do I Go from Here? 


  • Monday, November 28th 4:30pm – 6:00pm, AMU Room 157 
  • Wednesday, November 30th 5:00pm – 6:30pm, AMU Room 157 

We hope that Service Learning is one of the most transformational experiences of your Marquette career. In this session, we will spend time reflecting on our personal takeaways. What will you always remember from this experience? How has this hands-on learning opportunity impacted your view on social justice issues? How was your academic learning effected by your engagement in the community? We will use Jesuit methods of critical reflection to examine how we have grown and changed this semester.