Divisional Updates

Divisional Priorities

In case you were unable to attend the President's Panel on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, a video of the event has been posted online. Intentional dialogue and planning on diversity and inclusion is happening across campus. Student Affairs has been at the table, advocating for students. At February's Committee on Student Experience and Mission (a subcommittee of the Board of Trustees), a candid discussion occurred regarding what can be done across campus to make the experiences of students from under-represented populations, specifically, students who identify as non-white, better. The trustees expressed support for the efforts within Student Affairs and noted they will continue to elevate the conversation to the full board.

The First Generation College Students website has officially launched. In addition, Student Affairs has partnered with the Center for Teaching and Learning media department to film interviews with faculty and staff who are first generation students themselves. Look for the videos to be posted on the First Gen website within the coming months.

Additionally, the professional development session on “High Impact Practices to Support African American Students” will take place on Wednesday, 3/20 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. in AMU Ballroom E. An Outlook invite went out earlier today, so please RSVP by responding to the invitation.

Strategic Planning

The feedback departments have given thus far in updating our division’s strategic plan is greatly appreciated. Your input will continue to be of great value as we complete the strategic planning update progress this spring. 

Kudos and Welcome

Congratulations to Clara Dwyer who was inducted in Alpha Sigma Nu this past month. 

Welcome to Dr. Elizabeth Stigler who has joined Intercultural Engagement as Assistant Director for LGBTQ+ Programs and Services. Dr. Stigler's bio can be found on the January Newsletter.

Welcome also to Sessie Agbley who will serve as the Coordinator for Community Service. Sessie's first day is March 11. 

photo of Sessie AgbleyThe past 5 years, Sessie served as the Community Partner Coordinator with Our Next Generation; providing academic and experiential learning opportunities for marginalized students in the heart of Milwaukee and frequently working with Marquette volunteers. Originally from West Africa; Ghana, and growing up in multiple parts of the world, Sessie recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion and hopes to promote principles of equality and compassion to support the social, emotional and academic success of Marquette students. Empowered by the institution’s mission to develop leadership through service, Sessie aims to increase positive outcomes for student leaders and community members. He graduated from Cardinal Stritch University with a degree in Communications. He enjoys non-western literature and in his free time collects vinyls of world music. He has a huge collection of West African music ranging from Fela Kuti to Tinariwen.

"My mission is to develop conscious individuals and help individuals understand the impact they have on one another through service and dialogue."

Marquette Colleagues Program

Chances are if you ask anyone in the Marquette community what makes Marquette different, they will say something about our mission. And generally, anyone can cite the four pillars easily and readily.  However, how often do we as staff get to dive more deeply into the mission?  Marquette encourages all employees to deepen their spirituality through its retreat benefit, and there are many great offers through the Faber Center in which staff can participate.  Sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry, Marquette Colleagues Program is another opportunity for staff to delve deeper into Ignatian Spirituality and reflect upon how it informs our work.

The Marquette Colleagues’ Program (MCP) program was initiated as a means of developing leaders on Marquette’s campus who embody and integrate the mission of the university in the ways they, as staff and faculty, lead and live.

Those interested should contact Brigid Kinsella-Alba, Coordinator for Mission Programs in the Office of Mission and Ministry.

The Marquette Colleagues Program gave me an opportunity to deepen my understanding of the university’s values and engage in Jesuit traditions of reflection and discernment. I appreciated having the space to explore this with colleagues from throughout the institution. —Katy Adler, Office of Student Development

Marquette Colleagues Program is a great way to get to know colleagues outside of the Division and an awesome chance to dig deeper into the University Mission and Ignatian Philosophy. It was cool to hear about how this mission guides so many different departments across campus.—Kacie Otto, Office of Student Development

Volunteers for Commencement Needed

The Office of Special Events is looking for volunteers to help serve as column marshals at this year’s Commencement ceremony which will take place on Sunday, May 19 at 9:30 a.m. the Fiserv Forum. 

Column Marshals guide the graduates, faculty, staff and stage party into the arena, and escort them out after the ceremony.  In previous years, marshals were asked to arrive by 7:45 a.m.  Event details with the new arena are being finalized, and  information, including requested arrival time, will be shared with volunteers closer to the date of the ceremony.  Marshals are needed for the duration of the ceremony, which should conclude at approximately 11:30 a.m. People interested should contact Sarah Craine in Special Events.

Women Business Leaders Speaker Series

Becky Frankiewicz Women Business Leaders Speakers SeriesYou're invited to attend the 2019 June & Herman Loebl Women Business Leaders Speaker Series featuring Becky Frankiewicz, President of ManpowerGroup North America.  Becky will present Tomorrow’s Talent is Here Today: Seizing Opportunity in the Digital Age on Thursday, March 21 at 4:30 p.m. in the AMU.  This event is hosted by the College of Business and the Women in Business student organization.

MUSG, RHA, and Senior Speaker Elections

Student Government Spring Elections are Thursday, March 28.  Ballots include Student Body President and Executive VP, RHA President, Academic Senator seats, and Senior Speaker Finalists. All full time undergraduate students are eligible to vote are are directed to the appropriate ballots based on their residential status, college of enrollment, and graduation status. Voting is open until 10 p.m., and results will be announced at noon on Friday, March 29. More information can be found on MUSG's website.

Student Leadership Awards

On Sunday, April 28, Student Affairs will honor the 56 students who were selected to receive leadership awards this year. This year marks 50 years Student Affairs has celebrated student leadership, and you are invited to join us for the recognition program. The schedule of events are as follows:

  • 10:00 a.m. Celebration Mass in the Chapel of the Holy Family. All are welcome to attend.
  • 11:00 a.m. Awards Reception and Presentation in the Alumni Memorial Union Monaghan Ballrooms

Please RSVP your attendance via EventBrite. Kindly respond by Tuesday, April 16.

Wisconsin College Personnel Association: Higher Education in Transition

Registration is now open for a professional development opportunity sponsored by the Wisconsin College Personnel Association at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay on April 5. The event will include a keynote address and small group discussions. 

The keynote speaker is Dr. Stacie Christian, who has been the Director of Inclusive Excellence and Pride Center at UWGB since 2013. UWGB is celebrating it’s four-year recognition as being one of the TOP 25 LGBTQ+ Friendly Campuses in the United States by the National Pride Index. Over 1250 individuals received SAFE Ally training on campus as well as many more throughout the Northeastern Wisconsin community as part of Dr. Christian’s advocacy to make Wisconsin a safer place to live and work. Dr. Christian received recognition for the Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for outstanding contributions to the UW System in service of LGBTQ+ students, staff and faculty in 2015. In 2017, Dr. Christian earned a doctorate writing a dissertation on Transgender Workplace Equity Workplace Effect on Job Satisfaction. Dr. Christian continues to advocate for transgender workplace equity and community services including her support of transgender equity ordinance, which passed in De Pere in 2018. Dr. Christian provides Inclusive Excellence training throughout Northeastern Wisconsin at public schools, health organizations, community organizations and churches. Dr. Christian’s focus for training and advocacy is on diverse groups including gender, veteran’s status, disabilities, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity/expression, age, race, ethnicity, and religion.

Register now for an early-bird rate. 

Mission Moment

We talk a lot about “moving forward”—whether in a business meeting or a relationship or an aspect of personal spirituality. United States culture is generally obsessed with productivity, profit margin, and success. And we can carry that obsession into our attitude about moving forward. Progress is the key!

Some of the most powerful spiritual practices, however, aid us in moving backward. The journey backward can balance our constant anxiety about going forward. What does the journey backward look like?

(The Journey BackwardVinita Hampton Wright.)

Tomorrow we celebrate Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, a time of preparation for new life. Campus Ministry has a number of opportunities for people to come together in community in prayer and reflection:

  • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ashes to go | AMU rotunda
  • Noon Mass | Chapel of the Holy Family
  • 4:40 p.m. Ecumenical Service | Chapel of the Holy Family
  • 5:30 Lutheran Service | Multi-Religious Prayer Room @ the Commons
  • 9 p.m. Mass | Church of the Gesu

There are also good resources for reflection and prayer at Whatever your faith practice, take time during this Lenten season to go inward and look backward before you look to what is ahead.

The next newsletter will go out April 2, 2019. If you have news you'd like shared with the Division and Campus Ministry, please email the information to Dr. Jen Reid, Director of Student Affairs Assessment and Communication.