Dear Marquette community,
Last week, we wrote to you with a plea for civility amid the turbulent social climate our nation is experiencing. In that letter, we wrote, “It is now when we must respect one another and be intentional and caring in our interactions with each other.” Dialogue and discourse are at the heart of who we are as a Catholic, Jesuit university — hostility and resentment are not.
Sadly but realistically, Marquette University—like all universities—is not immune to disrespectful and hateful acts. Our campus is often reflective of the world around us, and unfortunately that means we, too, experience much of the same ugliness we see across the nation.
So, let us be very clear: We will not tolerate any discriminatory or hurtful acts that appear to be motivated or is perceived by the victim or victims to be motivated by race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, sex, disability, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or socioeconomic status.
Any member of this community who feels marginalized or is the victim of a hateful act, or any individual who witnesses such an act, should report the incident or incidents using our bias incident reporting system.
Marquette University is rooted in our Catholic Social Teaching and Jesuit tradition of practicing a faith that does justice. Our Guiding Values inspire us to “serve the greater glory of God” and to deeply value the fundamental dignity possessed by each person. All are welcome at Marquette, and we as a university remain wholly committed to supporting that inclusivity.
What we will not support is hate. We will not support any action that threatens our commitment to maintaining a community that respects the dignity of all individuals.
Together—all of us at Marquette—must continue to work diligently on these important issues so that we can we truly Be the Difference. To that end, we encourage you to work with us—here are just a few of the many ways the university is addressing injustice and inequality:
- The inaugural Marquette Forum has provided a variety of educational opportunities around racial injustice, and there are more ahead in the coming months—please attend as many of these as you can. Additionally, please plan to attend our Mission Week events, all of which are around the theme of Racial Justice: Black, White and the Call of the Church.
- The work of the President’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion Please contact Dr. William Welburn in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion if you wish to participate or attend a meeting. The next meeting is Friday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m.
- Just last year, we opened a new LGBTQ+ Resource Center. Visit their website for news and programming updates, or contact them to get involved. We also launched and increased support for the Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies.
Lastly, please remember our vow to be men and women for and with others, and remember that we are all Marquette.
Dr. Daniel Myers
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Xavier Cole
Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. William Welburn
Executive Director for Diversity and Inclusion