Vision: The vision of the Diversity Taskforce is to actively address and represent the campusstudentpopulation by engaging and promoting inclusivity and awareness of identities and diverse topics. Inherent in the University’s mission, the Taskforce specifically aims to build a stronger community through meaningful and authentic leadership enhanced by both commonalities and differences among students. Enriched with the perspectives and experiences of a diverse community, the Marquette University can better achieve its potential for creativity and discovery in respect to its mission and pillars of service, faith, leadership and excellence.
History: In the 2011-12 academic year, former MUSG President Joey Ciccone and former Executive Vice President Trent Carlson implemented a diversity initiative that included a series of roundtable discussions that aimed to increase representation of all students and student organizations on campus. The roundtable discussions were hosted by MUSG Senators Sterling Hardaway and Jilly Gokalgandhi in the Multicultural Center, renamed to the Center for Cultural Engagement in the fall of 2012. A list of topics was compiled from these student discussions and the Diversity Taskforce was created to take action towards making improvements in areas of diversity and inclusion during the 2012-13 term of MUSG President Arica Van Boxtel and Executive Vice President Bill Neidhardt. Charge: The Taskforce will address student-identified needs regarding diversity and inclusion, and move from highlighting anecdotal information on diversity to actionable campus improvements.
Structure: The Taskforce is an ad hoc committee that consists of 15 members chaired by the MUSG President and MUSG Executive Vice President. Taskforce member description includes undergraduate students that represent various colleges, classes and organizations. Challenges aiming to address: 1. Determining an empirical and formal way to gauge students’ attitudes and perceptions about diversity and inclusivity on campus, with focus on implementing a campus climate survey. 2. Improving the selection of courses focused on diversity, multiculturalism and identities, as well as supporting the University to increase numbers of faculty of diverse backgrounds with unique experiences to grant students new perspectives that enhance education and whole selves. 3. Developing a reporting process for students who have been discriminated against because of their race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, gender expression, or religious/non-religious affiliation. In addition to further developing lines of support for underrepresented students and populations.