Centers and institutes

Our centers and institutes make contributions in research and promote continued learning and understanding about societal problems to solve common goals. These venues are not only an important part of our academic setting but also a vital part of our community bringing together faculty, students and community members. Our students will gain a better understanding of key contemporary issues and can take advantage of opportunities for personal and professional growth through our centers and institutes.

Center for Cybersecurity Awareness and Cyber Defense

Our newest Center will ensure that cyber security education is pervasive across campus. The Center will foster curriculum elements about cyber threats and defenses across campus thus providing innovation in teaching and learning. Interactions by the Center will produce research opportunities that are both campus and industry driven. Through interactions with the local community, including student service learning projects, and actions on campus, the Center seeks to enhance cyber security awareness and strengthen cyber defenses.

Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies

The Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies provides a bridge space supporting scholarly work and the lived experience of gender and sexualities. We are dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, dialogue, growth, and empowerment around issues of gender and sexualities. We place emphasis on the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender and sexualities and educate others on the implications of such intersections.

Students interested in gender and sexuality studies can explore a major or minor in the Women’s and Gender Studies program.

Center for Peacemaking

The Center for Peacemaking operates at the intersection of thought and action. Informed by the Jesuit mission of reconciliation and working for peace, the Center for Peacemaking fosters research and action for the promotion of social justice and equality as we strive to fulfill the Jesuit mission.

As the only academic center at a Catholic university that explicitly focuses on exploring the power of nonviolence, our programs bring together students, faculty and the wider community to achieve three main objectives: (1) Formation-shaping values of youth and young adults through unique educational, experiential and applied learning opportunities. (2) Scholarship - producing high-quality and community-based participatory research that expands our understanding of how to address inequalities, resolve conflict and promote human dignity; and (3) Community peacemaking - leading programs that disrupt cycles of violence, address root causes of conflict, and help build strong, resilient and inclusive communities.

The Center of Peacemaking works with partner organizations to model creative nonviolent responses to pressing problems and to achieve a distinctive impact locally and internationally. Our key partners include: Catholic Relief Services, Milwaukee Public Schools, Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Near West Side Partners Inc., Voice for Creative Nonviolence and Afghan Peace Volunteers.

Students interested in learning the causes of violence, theories of nonviolence and successful social movements and in gaining the skills of nonviolent conflict management can explore a major or minor in Peace Studies.

Center for Psychological Services

The Center for Psychological Services (CPS) located within the Department of Psychology is dedicated to providing affordable and effective treatment to the general Marquette community, including its Milwaukee neighborhood. Like the university as a whole, CPS is dedicated to the principle of equal opportunity. CPS provides treatment regardless of race, sex, age, marital status, religion, veteran's status, sexual orientation, or national origin.

Center for Transnational Justice

Established in the spring of 2004 as the Marquette Institute for Transnational Justice and renamed in December 2007, the center seeks to facilitate greater understanding of the challenges and paths to achieving transnational justice. Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution with a global reach, committed to intellectual inquiry incorporating diverse faith-based and secular traditions to gain insights into how best to serve others. The Center builds on this tradition by organizing scholarly conferences and speaker series, and providing seed money and multidisciplinary networking opportunities for faculty and student research. The institute also works with departments and other institutions and centers at the university to facilitate course development.

Center for Urban Research, Teaching and Outreach

Formerly known as the Institute for Urban Life, the Center for Urban Research was renamed in 2015. The Center continues the commitment to addressing Milwaukee's urban challenges and has expanded its urban-focused scope regarding research, reaching and outreach.

The Les Aspin Center for Government

The mission of the Les Aspin Center for Government is to prepare young people to serve the public effectively and ethically and provide opportunities to enhance public policy awareness through educational programs. Through international exchanges, the center promotes mutual understanding between the United States and other countries.

Its programs provide graduates a solid foundation for careers in public service, especially on Capitol Hill. Students from diverse academic disciplines have interned at nearly 100 congressional offices, the State Department, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Secret Service, the White House, the Department of Defense and offices for Wisconsin-based corporations.