Marquette has hired an Associate Director for Hispanic Initiatives, Jacqueline (“Jacki”) Black, who will join the university on Monday, Sept. 12.
In her role at Marquette, Black will cultivate relationships with community and professional organizations to develop recruiting and support networks for Latino students, as well as partnering with various offices and programs on campus to promote the success of Latino students and contribute to a more inclusive school climate. In May, Marquette announced an ambitious plan to increase the school’s Hispanic student enrollment by more than 15 percentage points over the next 10 years. The move will position the Catholic, Jesuit university to be designated a Hispanic-serving institution. Much of her work will be dedicated to achieving this goal. She will also work to create more pathways to a Marquette education for undocumented students.
Black earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in Education from Saint Xavier University. She devoted fifteen years to teaching, first in Chicago charter schools and the last ten at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee. There, she taught Honors Spanish for Native Speakers, moderated the Orgullo Latino student organization, and served as the Latino Family liaison. As liaison, Black initiated Spanish-language services for parents, delivered cultural competency workshops to colleagues and students, and helped Latino students persist through to graduation and explore college and financial aid options.