Save the Date for Marquette's First Generation College Celebration

November 8 is national First Generation College Celebration. Marquette has a number of events in the works in the days before and after November 8 to celebrate our first generation students. One event is Pizza with the Provost, featuring First Gen Trivia on Thursday, November 7 at Noon in AMU 163.

First gen students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to join in on a pizza lunch and friendly game of First Gen trivia hosted by Dr. Ah Yun.  Faculty and staff allies are also welcome to come and show support.  Students on the winning team will receive gift certificates to the Book Marq.

This event is hosted by the Office of the Provost in conjunction with the Office of Engagement and Inclusion for the national First Gen Celebration occurring November 7 and 8.  Eventbrite links and invitations to other exciting events on these days are forthcoming. 

Please contact Clara Dwyer, Assistant Director of the Center for Engagement and Inclusion, with questions.

Check the First Generation College Student website for information on other events planned as they come together and share this with your students.

McNair Scholars Program Seeking Applicants

EOP is hosting a series of information sessions for students interested in becoming a McNair Scholar as well as and potential faculty mentors who want to learn more about the program. The program presents an opportunity for students to conduct intensive research, as well as learn about the process for applying to graduate school (and funding). 

Learn more about this opportunity online.

Information sessions take place in Coughlin 357A on Mondays at 11:00am and Thursdays at 3:00pm. If any of your students or any of your colleagues would like to have a one-on-one meeting with Donte McFadden or Karen Collins, the McNair Program Coordinator  we are more than happy to talk with you or are willing to speak briefly at a staff or faculty meeting about the program and what potential mentors can gain from working with a student.

AMU News

AMU Student Manager Meetings

The AMU Student Manager Team, consisting of 25 student leaders from the AMU’s 17 departments, began weekly trainings for the fall semester at the start of semester. The meetings focus on the AMU SM Pillars of Being a Leader, Being a Manager, Being a Supporter, and Being a Developer. Weekly topics to date include: Using Your Value System as a Leader, Organization & Time Management, Creating Staff Loyalty, Seeking Feedback, and Decision Making.

All Staff

The AMU’s annual All Staff took place on Sunday, September 22 with the theme of It Starts With You. Over 300 full time staff and student staff gathered to take part in training sessions centered around Implicit Bias including an assumptions activity, understanding personal bias in the workplace, evaluating our individual circles of trust, and how bias can impact customer service. Dr. William Welburn also joined the training as a guest speaker presenting on implicit bias and touching on the Marquette Bias Incident Reporting platform.

Battle of the Departments – Food Drive

The AMU kicked off their yearlong Battle of the Department competition with a food drive collecting non-perishable items that will be donated to MU Homecoming’s Stuff the Truck event. A total of 268 items were donated by departments in the AMU as part of the drive.

What’s New in the AMU

The AMU and Campus Ministry worked with the Muslim Student Association to provide a mihrab carpet design in the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca and hence the direction that Muslims should face when praying.

The AMU partnered with the Office of Public Affairs to reimage AMU room 157 as the “Maamawi Abiwin” room, meaning “A Coming Together Room”. This room provides a space on campus to honor the Great Lakes Tribal Nations and Indigenous students, staff and alumni of Marquette. The flags on the walls represent the tribal Nations of Wisconsin.

Maamawi Abiwin room and Muslim Paryer Space

Marquette Forum Events

Student Affairs staff are invited to attend the Creating Inclusion and Reducing Unintentional Bias events, on Wed, Oct 16. All three events on this day are free and open to the MU community as part of the 2019-20 Marquette Forum.  If you have time and interest, the event that will be most practically helpful is the STEM Faculty Summit: Breaking the Bias Habit workshop, in the Weasler at 1:00 p.m. This workshop will provide tangible tools for how to identify and replace unintentional habits of mind. Don’t be fooled by the name – it is open to everyone (not just STEM Faculty). See information below.

Decades of research have indicated that, broadly, it is possible to act in prejudicial ways while sincerely rejecting prejudiced ideas. Even for people who don't believe stereotypes are true, those stereotypes, once absorbed, can influence people's behavior without their awareness or intent.

Join Dr. Devine and the Marquette community on Wednesday, October 16 for one or all of the following events focused on unintentional bias:

"Prejudice and Intergroup Relations Lab Presentation and Q+A"
Increasing receptivity to black people's bias concerns by fostering interracial humility and a cumulative perspective on bias
10:30 a.m. - Noon  | Sensenbrenner Hall, Eisenberg Reading Room

"STEM Faculty Summit: Breaking the Bias Habit"
A workshop developed by Dr. Devine and her colleagues at UW-Madison, which has shown impressive scientific evidence in making people act less biased.
1:00 - 3:30 p.m. | Weasler Auditorium

3:30 - 5:00 p.m. | Engineering Hall, 4th Floor Atrium

All events are free and open to all members of the Marquette community. Please register for these events by Wednesday, October 9.

Events are sponsored by the Opus College of Engineering, Office of the Provost, the Marquette Forum, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, and the Departments of Psychology, Political Science and Social and Cultural Sciences.

The Marquette Forum is partnering with the EOP 50th anniversary celebrations, focusing on the theme of "Pathways to Education Access and Opportunity" for the 2019-20 academic year.

JASPA Summer Institute 2020

Every five years, JASPA (Jesuit Student Affairs in Higher Education) hosts a summer institute at one of its member campus. The institute focuses on current issues in higher education through the lens of Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit education.

This summer, Loyola Chicago will host the institute, July 20-24. More information is available at the JASPA website. If you are interested in attending, please talk to your supervisor. Marquette would like to have a large delegation there.

Additionally, there are opportunities to present workshops, educational sessions, and lightning round presentations. 

Click on each of the options below to hear a description of the session type by our Content Chairs:

To find detailed information about these session types, participant learning goals, and suggested program proposal guiding questions, please visit the JASPA website. Proposals are being accepted through October 11, 2019.

Student Affairs Research Highlights

A group of graduate students in the Student Affairs in Higher Education program are conducting a study on impact of sexual violence/sexual violence prevention on college campuses. They are seeking male undergraduate participants—specifically, participants from each academic year—who are willing to discuss the impact of sexual violence/sexual violence prevention on college campuses. Participants will be interviewed anonymously in one-on-one interviews. If you work with students, please recommend their involvement in this study. Interested participants can contact Andrew Workman at and should include your class schedule and academic year.

The Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University is sponsoring a three-year multi-institutional research program on "Writing Beyond the University." As part of that program Dr. Jen Reid and colleagues from Georgetown University, Hofstra University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Elon University are conducting a study on the relationship between self-sponsored writing and identity. This research will contribute to how writing studies scholars understand the relationship between self-sponsored writing and writing for work/school as well as have implications for understanding the role writing may play in identity development. People who are interested in participating can take an online survey that asks them about the kinds of writing they do that is part of their work or school and the writing that lies outside of that realm. Please consider participating and forwarding the survey link on to others as well.

Student Leadership Spotlight

Each month we like to recognize some of the many students contributing their gifts and talents to the Marquette community in various ways, such as student organizations, campus programming initiatives, community engagement, and/or peer education/social awareness efforts. 

Breanna FlowersBreanna Flowers is being recognized for her work with Black Student Council and a number of other involvements in the community. Breanna was born and raised in the city of Milwaukee, has two siblings (an older sister and younger brother),  and attended Destiny High School. She serves as president of Black Student Council and sits on Marquette’s Diversity and Equity Board. Additionally, Breanna serves as a mentor for “Melanin within Marquette.” Breanna says, “My goal is to help build a bridge from Milwaukee to Marquette so it feels more like a community rather than two separate geographical locations in the same place. I want to unify the Black community on campus so that we can reach new heights and the future has it easier.”

She is also currently starting a nonprofit called Thy Neighbor Milwaukee. Her advisor in the Center of Engagement and Inclusion has this to say of Breanna: “Breanna has been a pleasure to work with this semester as she is very passionate and dedicated to making BSC as successful and impactful as possible. I think she is the epitome of fearless and embodies the type of leadership that will take her further than she could ever imagine. Being only two months into the school year, BSC is thriving more than ever and it is without a doubt that it’s because of Breanna’s excellent leadership skills. She is simply the best!

Alexis McCalin and Marge Millerick in the CLSI where they serve as program assistants for LateNightAlexis McClain and Marge Millerick are being recognized for their work with Late Night Marquette. Their staff surpervisors note "Alexis and Marge have already made a strong impact on our Marquette community with their leadership as the Late Night Marquette Annex Programming dream team.  As a partnership, they honor and respect each other’s strengths and see how their gifts complement their partner’s in ways that elevate their programming.  They have done this through seeing events with a creative eye, creating assessment tools to seek feedback from students, and most recently creating an outstanding Glow BINGO event for Homecoming that attracted nearly 500 students as well as guest callers including but not limited to Dr. Lovell and members of our men’s and women’s basketball teams.  Their leadership is contagious within the rest of the Late Night Marquette family, and we look forward to seeing more of their hard work in the year ahead."

Alexis McClain is a junior in the College of Communication, studying public relations and advertising. she hopes to one day own her own strategic communications and event planning company. She is originally from small town Batesville, Mississippi and  enjoys finding new restaurants and sites in the city.  Alexis notes "My role as a Late Night Marquette Program Assistant is to plan fun social events for the students. Marge and I specifically work with Annex Programming: Trivia, Pop Quiz, and Bingo. They are every other Thursday and Wednesday, respectfully." She has also served as a social media and web intern at Marquette, a communications intern at Athena Communications, and as an events coordinator for NAACP at Marquette. 

Marge Millerick, a sophomore in the College of Communication, is from Chicago, Illinois and is studying corporate communication with a minor in advertising.  In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and exploring the city. She is member of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority chapter and a Program Assistant for Late Night Marquette. Margaret notes, "This is my first year as a program assistant for Late Night and I love planning and hosting  different events for students. My role specifically is putting events through the Annex, working with other Late Night Program Assistant, Alexis McClain. The events we work closely on are Bingo, Trivia, and Pop Quiz that are held every other Wednesday or Thursday at 9pm."

Nadim AdatiaNadim Adatia is being recognized for his work with Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. and as President of the Multicultural Greek Council. His advisor notes, "Nadim is taking the lead on being the point of contact for expansion (bringing on a new chapter) for the council, which is a significant project. We are excited for the possibility of this new chapter on campus.

Nadim is a senior in the College of Communications majoring in Corporate Communications with a minor in Human Recourses. He currently serves as president of the Multicultural Greek Council and marketing chair for Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. Additionally, he works as a student caller for phonation and a parking enforcer for the parking services and has held roles as secretary and the vice president of external for his fraternity. Nadim notes, “As someone who tries to be involved in as much as possible, I was also a Big for Big Brothers/Big Sisters for 2 years, as well as a member of Hype and the Marquette Gospel Choir. Last semester, I was able to be one of the main coordinators and the emcee for the American Cancer Society Charity Formal, on which my fraternity partnered with Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority Inc. We were able to raise over $800 for the American Cancer Society!

Congratulations to Pelumi Oguntade who received the an award Parent and Family Leadership Council for her work with RISE. Pelumi is a sophomore in the College of Business Administration and serves as commuter student senator in MUSG. In addition, she served as a RISE Mentor this summer after having participated in RISE in 2018.

Pelumni Oguntade and Dr. Xavier Cole

The next Newsletter will be published on Tuesday, November 5. Deadline for submissions, including student leadership spotlights, is Tuesday, October 29.

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