To form students who will discern their role in community through experiential community engagement. We do this through student formation, student support, and supporting our community partners.


Student Formation

“Students, in the course of their formation, must let the gritty reality of this world into their lives, so they can learn to feel it, think about it critically, respond to its suffering, and engage it constructively”  - Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.

Through reflection on their lived experiences, students will engage in the full-hearted discomfort of opening their hearts and minds to critical and compassionate engagement in community.  This discernment will support them for a life for others, actively participating in struggle for a more just society.

Informed by: Contemplatives in Action Leadership Model 

Informed by: Marquette Core Curriculum (link)

Measured by: Student outcomes, currently in draft form (link)


Student Support

Take justice away from love and you destroy love"  - Fr. Pedro Arrupe

Students will experience community care, building support systems with staff and peers that encourages them to be their most authentic selves. We will accompany students in the creation of a hope-filled future for themselves and their community.

Informed by: Community Care Framework

Measured by: Student outcomes, currently in draft form (link)


Community Support

"Since Saint Ignatius wanted love to be expressed not only in words but also in deeds, the Congregation committed the Society to the promotion of justice as a concrete, radical but proportionate response to an unjustly suffering world"  - Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.

The Center for Community Service collaborates with our partners and neighbors in Milwaukee, seeking to support and walk with those whose dignity has been violated.

Informed by: Partnership Framework (link)

Informed by: Principles of Partnership - Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (external link)

Measured by: In Co-Created Partnerships, specific community support outcomes are created through the process of partnership building. For example:

  • The 414 Fellows program assesses whether the children we support have developed age-appropriate language skills
  • The Salud Social Internship Program measures the resources and referrals provided to Sixteenth Street Community Health Center patients.

The Marquette University Mission Statement calls all students to engage in the struggle for a more just society:

Through both our academic and co-curricular programs, Marquette strives to develop men and women who will dedicate their lives to the service of others, actively entering into the struggle for a more just society. We expect all members of the Marquette community, whatever their faith traditions, to give concrete expression to their beliefs by giving of themselves in service to those in need.



Marquette University acknowledges that our campus and Milwaukee are the homelands and waters of the Menominee, Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk, Fox, Mascouten, Sauk and Ojibwe nations, who have known this land and water as a relative for millennia and who remain our hosts on the land today. We also acknowledge that Milwaukee is located along the southwest shores of Michigami (meaning “big water” in Anishinaabemowin), where the Milwaukee River, Menomonee River and Kinnickinnic River meet. We remember that Milwaukee is covered by the 1833 Treaty of Chicago signed by the United States and Potawatomi and acknowledge it cleaved and dispersed this tribal nation through removal. We also acknowledge the presence of tribal members from Wisconsin sovereign nations in Milwaukee, including the Oneida Nation, Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohicans, Brothertown Nation and Ojibwe Nations – namely, the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Sokaogon Chippewa Community and St. Croix Chippewa Indians. We further understand and honor that the greater Milwaukee area is home to a large, resurging urban Indian community that includes diasporic Indigenous peoples from around North America, as well as from the Global South, the Pacific, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Marquette University further acknowledges and pays respect to the elders and ancestors past, present and emerging whose histories, knowledge and cultural traditions have shaped the land and water of the greater Milwaukee area and can enrich practices around its stewardship. We affirm our commitment to practice ongoing good relations with the land and water and with sovereign Indigenous nations that caretake them. In acknowledging the long-held relationships fostered by these lands and waters, we seek to strengthen and recommit ourselves to ongoing and future kinship responsibilities with each other and the Earth. In the spirit of reconciliation, we can authentically attend to and create the conditions of hospitality for current Indigenous students and community members and all yet to walk with us.


Citation: CCPH Board of Directors. Position Statement on Authentic Partnerships. Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, 2013.