The university recently launched “Marquette en Español,” a series of marquette.edu webpages in Spanish. The site will assist the growing population of Hispanic prospective students and their families, as well as connect current students to resources offered in their heritage or native language.
Visit Marquette en Español at marquette.edu/es.
The initiative will help the university continue the mission of increasing access to education, while also aiding in its goal to achieve status as a Hispanic Serving Institution. Pages are available for admissions, financial aid, academic programs, student life, Mission and Ministry, and Milwaukee visitor’s information, among others. There is also information to help DREAMers navigate the admissions and financial aid processes.
“We are excited to offer these resources to meet the needs of a growing Latinx student population and their families who may not speak English,” said Jacqueline Black, associate director of Hispanic Initiatives. “These resources will engage with prospective students and families in the process of choosing a college. Our intention is to welcome those families into this process and provide a space that empowers them to be actively involved.”
Marquette’s student population that identifies as Hispanic or Latinx has more than doubled over the last decade, while increasing in each of the last 15 years. Currently, 15% of the undergraduate student population is Hispanic, including a record 16.5% of the fall 2020 first-year class.
In addition to prospective student information, resources for the community are available, including Marquette’s centers and clinics that offer Spanish-speaking services. Visitors to the Spanish pages will also find contact information for Spanish-speaking faculty and staff across campus.
“Our Spanish language pages are a reflection of the university’s commitment to being more responsive to an increasingly diverse student body,” Black said. “We hope they open additional opportunities to the Latinx community in search of the transformative education Marquette has been offering for nearly 140 years.”
According to estimates by the U.S. Census, Latinos have accounted for just over half of the country’s population growth over the last decade and are the second largest racial or ethnic group. Estimates have the population continuing to grow, reaching just under 100 million in the next 30 years.