September is Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month 

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the Center for Engagement and Inclusion is offering a number of events. Highlights include:

Café con Leche | bi-weekly starting Wednesday, September 11 at 11 AM in the CEI (AMU 111).  Bread and coffee will be provided. See the flyer for more information.

Fiesta de Noche | Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 8 PM in the Ray & Kay Eckstein Common (the grass area between AMU and Schroeder) – Hosted by Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. – Gamma Beta Chapter and Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. – Omicron Gamma Chapter

Saul Flores | Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Weasler Auditorium. Campuspeak presenter Saul Flores (pronounced sah–ool), is a philanthropist, photojournalist, and speaker who is nationally recognized for his social impact projects. Through his most recent project, Saul documents the amazing lives of thousands of Latin American immigrants to fundraise for an elementary school in his mother’s hometown. His work has been featured on National Public Radio, MSNBC, and TEDX. Additionally, Saul has been featured as a keynote speaker for dozens of universities, inspiring audiences through his visual presentations, in which he helps people realize the capacity of their immense human potential given times of extreme adversity. A Q&A session and Meet and Greet will occur following the presentation. Look for a link on Marquette Today to register.

Save the Date: This year’s Dreamer’s Gala is Tuesday, March 17, 2020!  More details to come!

AMU Updates

Please welcome these New to the AMU team this year:

Tondzra Hill | Event Coordinator, Sodexo

Rachel Gallo | Event Coordinator, AMU

Morgan Davis | Event Coordinator, Sodexo

Nick Rockweit | Building Supervisor, AMU

The AMU and Retail Dining team spent the day together on Thursday, August 8 reviewing items for the upcoming year and spending some together time in the afternoon on a Milwaukee River cruise. 

AMU Staff outing August 2019

Camina Conmigo Retreat

Theme: Latinx spiritualities and cultures
Date: September 20-2
Cost: $30 – plenty of financial assistance available upon request

More information is available on the registration page.

From the student director, Britney Román
“Hi, I'm Britney, I'm a junior at Marquette as well as the director of the Camina Conmigo Retreat! My team and I invite you to be part of this retreat as it will touch on subjects such as finding yourself in different spaces and ways, connecting with your spirituality, and understanding Latino cultures better! We would love for you to be a part of this retreat to immerse yourself into new experiences from people of different backgrounds and ethnicities as well as create a safe space where people can break those stereotypes society has instilled in each of us. As the title of the retreat says, "Camina conmigo, walk with me" in this encounter with yourself, perhaps God, and others.”

Questions? Email Britney or Bernardo Ávila-Borunda.

Camina Conmigo Retreat Flyer

Employee Wellness

Fall FitPass registration is open. Classes began August 26, 2019. Check out our website for the upcoming schedule of classes.

Mindfulness Meditation registration is open. Classes will begin October 1, 2019. Register online.

New Outdoor Workout Equipment on Campus - See the wellness website to learn more about the equipment and how to use them. Reach out to Kristin Kipp if you'd like to do a group tour and demo.

September Bonus Point Opportunity through Virgin Pulse - Make sure to do your daily cards this month! Complete 20 cards in the month of September and earn 1000 bonus points.

Guided Walking Tour of Sculpture Milwaukee.  Presented by the Haggerty Museum of Art and Marquette Wellness, Thursday, September 26, 2019, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Meet at 11:30 a.m. at 12th St. and Wisconsin Ave. (in front of Gesu Church). Participants will be shuttled to O’Donnell Park (east end of Wisconsin Ave.) and then walk back to campus, stopping along the way to learn about the pieces included in this year’s Sculpture Milwaukee display. The tour will be led by Sculpture Milwaukee’s Special Project Manager, Brian Pfister. Sculpture Milwaukee 2019 features 22 art works by 20 emerging, mid-career and blue-chip artists. They use a wide range of materials, come from diverse backgrounds, and provide cues and commentary on the world in which they—and we—live. The walk will be approximately 1.5 miles long. Rain date for the program is Thursday, October 10 at 11:30 a.m. More information on Sculpture Milwaukee is online. Register through Eventbrite.

Fall O-Fest: 2019 Engagement and Involvement

Fall O-Fest, Marquette’s annual Student Organization and Community Service Fair was held on August 28th, 2019. Each year, Fall O-Fest offers students the opportunity to explore Marquette’s student organizations, various university departments, and local community service agencies. Hundreds of students participated in this event! This year, we incorporated some new elements to further encourage participation, including a live DJ, a large Marquette-inflatable chair, spirt-wear giveaways, PhotoBoxx, the MUSG Taste of Milwaukee event, and our Marquee check-in system ( We are emphasizing that all student organizations use MARQUEE as their central hub for event approvals, marketing, rosters, and event analytics.

By the Numbers!

As we put more emphasis on organizations to use MARQUEE more, this brings in hard data that we can see regarding the engagement of students on campus. MARQUEE’s app, Checkpoint, allows for instant “checking-in” of students at events, or in this case at organization’s tables. Take a look at just how much O-Fest 2019 fostered student engagement and involvement this year:

Table Participation Numbers:

    • 220 Student Organizations
    • 40 University Departments 
    • 45 Community Service Agencies

Student Attendee Numbers:

    • 1722 Overall Attendees
      • 871 Freshman
      • 503 Sophomores
      • 198 Juniors
      • 132 Seniors
      • 18 Graduate/Professional Students
    • 434 First Generation Students
      • 209 Freshman
      • 117 Sophomore
      • 67 Junior
      • 39 Senior
      • 1 Graduate
    • 555 Students of Color
    • 60 EOP Students
    • 66 Commuter Students
    • 1244 Residential Students
    • 25 Athletes

Student Organizations with the Most Interest:

Of all organization categories, our Service and Social Awareness organizations (23.4% of check-in's) and Special Interest organizations (26.7% of check-in's) received the most interest. Students were drawn most to the following active/adventure organizations within Special Interest: Marquette University Great Outdoors Club, Rock Climbing Club and CHAARG. Within Service and Social Awareness, students showed the most interest in Best Buddies, Love Your Melon, and I'm First.

RISE Recap

Another year of RISE in the books!

The RISE (Ready to Inspire Success and Excellence) multicultural pre-orientation completed another successful session this year welcoming 54 students from around the world including Hawai’i, Puerto Rico, and Guatemala!  Ushered in by nine upperclassmen mentors and our graduate assistants, the incoming students participated a number of sessions such as “Managing Your First Semester,” “How to be you at MU” focusing on imposter syndrome and codeswitching, and a historical and cultural tour of Milwaukee.  The group’s trip to the American Black Holocaust Museum was featured on TMJ4 evening news. Thank you to all the DSA partners who assisted in welcoming the group!  We could not have executed the busy three days without your assistance and generosity of time and resources. 

RISE 2019 Cohort

Staff and Student Kudos

Congrats to Dr. Marla Guerrero

Dr. Marla Guerrero has been name to this year's Si Se Puede 2019: Wisconsin's Most Powerful Latinos list. Since 2015, Madison365 has published lists of the most influential Black and Latino leaders in Wisconsin. These lists have been intended to highlight the beauty of the diversity across the state of Wisconsin and to showcase both established and rising leaders doing great work in a variety of fields and pursuits. 

Dr. Guerrero currently serves as a counselor/Diversity Coordinator with the Marquette University Counseling Center and has help to lead university-wide efforts to establish the Undocumented Student Task Force, Latinx Faculty and Staff Association (LaFASA), and currently serves as the Co-Chair for the Diversity Committee within the Division of Student Affairs. She is a past recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Woman of Color Awards at UW-Madison and also helped to establish the first historically Latina-based sorority, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc., on UW-Madison's campus.

Recipients will be invited to participate in the second annual Wisconsin Leadership Summit on October 7-8 in which Wisconsin's most influential leaders of color will convene to build community, address issues, and develop strategies for Wisconsin's future.

Super Star Student

Zoya Shams was recently selected as a Forbes 30 under 30 scholar and will be representing Marquette University in Detroit from October 27th-30th. Congrats to Zoya. You are Marquette!

MU Student Zoya Shams, University President Dr. Lovell, and VP for Student Affairs Xavier Cole

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