Marquette's exceptional history of community engagement is rooted in the school's Catholic, Jesuit mission to develop leaders through service to others. More than 90 percent of Marquette students participate in service during their undergraduate experience.
One of the school's largest service programs is Hunger Clean-Up, a one day community service project that has seen more than 20,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni volunteer at more than 650 sites throughout Milwaukee since its inception in 1990. In addition to volunteering on the day of the event, students raise approximately $20,000 through pledges to support the work of community agencies in the greater Milwaukee area.
The Hunger Clean-Up is one example of many local service projects in which Marquette students are involved. Another is the Campus Kitchen project, which prepares and delivers meals to agencies and individuals in the community.
Marquette students also demonstrate their commitment to service on a global scale. The International Marquette Action Program helps students do more with their Christmas vacations and spring breaks as they spend a week giving their time to troubled communities around the world. Marquette also offers an International Service Learning semester in Cape Town, South Africa, where students attend classes and work with community-based, grassroots organizations through the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre.
Each of these service opportunities requires the financial support of alumni and friends who recognize the value of graduating students who will be “men and women for others.”