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Wednesday, October 23 • 10:15am - 10:45am
An Engaged Campus: Institutionalizing the Urban Mission Through Campus and Community Coalition-Building

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Institutionalizing community engagement efforts requires the alignment and focus of three key groups of stakeholders: university leadership, members of the campus community (faculty/staff/students), and the external community. Creating a unified coalition among these parties is a challenging task but, only in doing so, can a university create, scale and sustain the integration of the urban mission. This best practices presentation will explore how Marquette University – a mid-sized, liberal arts, urban, Catholic, Jesuit university – is integrating community engagement, leveraging its inclusion as one of the six articulated themes within the institutional strategic plan. The presenters will open the presentation with a brief historical overview of Marquette University, its relationship with the Near West Side community, and the broader city of Milwaukee, and the recent creation of its Office of Community Engagement. Then, the presenters will discuss the successes and challenges of a recent 9-month process utilized to align and focus over 80 key stakeholders, on- and off-campus, in defining the current state, imagining a future state and creating recommendations for institutionalizing community engagement through six identified dimensions: student engagement, faculty/staff engagement, impact, mission, membership and profile, and partnership cultivation and management. Each presenter will provide a unique perspective of the process touching on a variety of topics such as: data collection, campus perspectives, community perceptions, process assessment, strategy and project management. Presenters will take 20 minutes to share context and then use the remaining 10 minutes for dialogue and questions.

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Dan Bergen

Executive Director, Community Engagement, Marquette University

Sumathi Thiyagarajan

Director of Program Management, Marquette University

Wednesday October 23, 2019 10:15am - 10:45am EDT