Initiatives

Climate Study

Conducted for the first time in 2015, the Campus Climate Survey is a way to measure the climate of diversity and inclusiveness on Marquette's campus with regard to race, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation, religious affiliation, and veteran status. The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion analyzes the results and provides guidance to university leadership for how to improve attitudes, behaviors, standards, and practices of employees and students of the institution, and leads the university in the implementation of the resulting action steps.

Diversity and Inclusion Awards

Each year, the Office of the Provost, supported by the Office of the President, recognizes a faculty and a staff member who demonstrates exemplary leadership and that manifests the ideals of diversity, equity and inclusion into practical action.These awards celebrate and promote student-centered inclusion initiatives, efforts to support recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and/or students, teaching and/or research that expands and embraces our understanding of inclusiveness, multicultural programming or related initiatives, and community outreach activities.

Mitchem Dissertation Fellowship Program

This program is intended to increase the presence of underrepresented ethnic groups by supporting doctoral candidates in completing their dissertation. The fellowship is named in honor of Dr. Arnold L. Mitchem, who earned his doctorate from Marquette in 1981 and is an internationally recognized champion of educational opportunity. The program provides a doctoral student with one year of formal mentoring and financial support, including a stipend, fringe benefits, and research and travel funds.

Metcalf Chair

The Metcalfe Chair is a non-residential visiting scholar of African-American, Latinx, or Native American heritage. In 1981, Marquette University established this program to honor the legacy of Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr., a Marquette alumnus who graduated from the College of Liberal Arts in 1936. After a distinguished Olympian who earned gold and silver medals in the 1932 and 1936 Olympic Games, Metcalfe served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Upon returning to his native Chicago, Metcalfe held a series of political posts before he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Metcalfe died on October 10, 1978; however, his legacy lives on at Marquette through this program.

Culture of Inclusion Goals

The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion shares responsibility for the implementation of the Culture of Inclusion theme goals from the university’s strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries. These goals include: attracting, retaining, and graduating a diverse and inclusive community of students, attracting and retaining a diverse and inclusive community of faculty and staff committed to our mission, enhancing opportunities for diverse and inclusive learning and scholarship, fostering a community culture that values, respects, welcomes, and promotes a sense of belonging and engaging diverse communities beyond the boundaries of our campus.

Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Initiative

Marquette University has announced that it will be seeking the federal designation of a Hispanic Serving Institution.This would require the university to increase its full-time undergraduate Hispanic enrollment to 25% of the student body.

President's Task Force on Equity and Inclusion

Marquette University seeks to create a genuinely inclusive, anti-discriminatory campus climate by strengthening campus efforts at equity, diversity and inclusion. The President’s Task Force on Equity and Inclusion will put forward a set of recommendations that will result in positive and enduring changes that are inclusive of Marquette’s students, faculty, staff leadership and community.

Diversity Advisory Committee

The Diversity Advisory Committee is charged with creating and sustaining a forum for campus-level dialogue on issues directly related to diversity and inclusion. The committee is chaired by the Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and consists of 20 to 24 members drawn from across the university community.

Committee on Diversity and Equity

The Committee on Diversity and Equity is responsible for ensuring, promoting, facilitating, and monitoring diversity and equity opportunities at Marquette University. Its business may be initiated by the University Academic Senate, the Provost, other University Academic Senate bodies, individual faculty, academic staff, or undergraduate, graduate, or professional students.

Diversity in Hiring

This search process should be followed for all tenure-line hires (tenure-track or tenured appointments). Prior to undertaking any search, the Dean and Provost must approve the search.