Professional Development Opportunities

Spring 2021

Marquette Climate Study
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2:00 p.m.  Cancelled. Will be rescheduled at a later date.

As a Catholic, Jesuit university, Marquette has a unique responsibility as a community to care for one another, and the regular assessment of that environment can only serve to enhance our possibilities for realizing our mission. The university completed its first climate study in 2015, guided by a team of administration, faculty, students and staff called the Campus Climate Study Working Group, as well as an external consultant, Rankin & Associates.

In 2020, Marquette conducted its second study with a campus wide survey in February 2020 coordinated by the Campus Climate Study Working Group. This presentation will discuss key findings from the study as well as give Student Affairs and Campus Ministry the opportunity to process the findings through their various professional and disciplinary lenses with the goal of  generating new ideas to improve the quality of life for everyone at Marquette.

More information about Marquette’s Climate Study is online.


"Just Talk" series
Thursdays, Noon-1pm | 2/11/21 | 3/11/21 | 4/8/21 | 5/6/21

Opportunity for Student Affairs and Campus Ministry to get together and talk about ways we can be the difference for our students, campus, and the community.  Bring your ideas and discussion items to the table. This space is for education, collaboration, problem solving and action.

Agenda items may be determined in advance of each meet-up, depending upon attendance and suggestions from attendees.

  • 3/11 Supervising and advising students: sharing experiences and best practices
  • 4/8 Accessibility: ideas for increasing access to programs and services

Please email Jen Reid if you did not received the Teams calendar invitation.

Antiracism Book Reading Group: How to be an Antiracist (Kendi, 2019)

Sign-up is now closed, but please contact Jen Reid if you are still interested. Links to cohort sessions will be sent to participants by cohort facilitators. Links for the intergroup discussions are forthcoming.

Student Wellbeing During the Pandemic: What We Know and How We Respond
Jan. 20, 2021 | recording of session | OIRA's slides (coming soon).

Much has been said about how college students are navigating the pandemic, having to adjust to new ways of learning and engaging outside the classroom, and there’s been concern over students’ wellbeing (emotional, spiritual, social, academic, physical and other). We’ve all heard anecdotally about how students are faring during the pandemic or we’ve read articles that note how students are less engaged, failing to make connections, and have experienced more anxiety and depression, but what do we actually know about students’ experiences the past semester?

In this session, the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis presented data from the student surveys they conducted through the fall 2020 semester. Preliminary data from the Wellbeing Collaborative survey, in which Marquette participated this fall, was also presented.

Resources for student wellbeing:

Archive of Student Affairs Professional Development

Other professional development opportunities on campus

  • Grow with Marquette Employee Development
    To Register for a class, email
    or call: 288-7305.
  • Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality
  • Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Professional Associations Offerings
  • Advancing Racial Equity in our Colleges and Community Summit
    Friday, March 19, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Unlearning Racism

    Marquette University faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to join Dr. Martha Barry, Racial Justice Director of the YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin, and Dr. LG Shanklin-Flowers for the spring session of Unlearning Racism, a program designed to develop individual capacity to discuss and address issues of racism.  

    Over the course of six 2-hour sessions, participants in the Unlearning Racism program will review content and engage in exercises, listening pairs, and discussion, gaining an understanding of implicit bias, the historical implications of race, the role of economic disparity in housing segregation, and the meaning of whiteness and internalized racism. The intended outcome is to foster a personal commitment to address racism and become equipped with tools to imagine and build richer relationships across racial differences. 

    We are excited to be able to offer for the first time an additional session as part of this series: An Indigenous Perspective to Unlearning Racism. This module is an opportunity to introduce participants to Indigenous peoples and thoughtfully fill in gaps of (mis)understanding around their identities, histories, sovereignty and cultures. 

    There are limited spaces in this program so we ask that participants commit to engaging in the full six-part series. 

    Sessions will take place on Tuesdays from Feb. 23-March 30, 10:00am – 12:00pm. Register here.  

    This workshop series is made possible by funding from The Marquette Forum and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. For questions, please contact Jacki Black, associate director for Hispanic initiatives, at

If you have professional development opportunities you'd like to add to this list, please contact Jennifer Reid.