Mission Statement

Aligned with the Marquette University and Division of Student Affairs missions, the Office of Intercultural Engagement supports the moral, ethical, social and spiritual development of our students through its two centers: the LGBTQ+ Resource Center and the Center for Intercultural Engagement. We support academic success and empower students to be leaders who contribute to their communities and Marquette University. Our goal is to support the overall adjustment to campus life, improve student retention and graduation rates, and enhance the overall quality of the Marquette experience for culturally and racially diverse students.


Recognizing the richness of diversity and the value of a racially and culturally diverse population, the Center for Intercultural Engagement fosters a culture of respect and appreciation for diversity. We believe this contributes to Marquette’s academic environment by presenting multiple positions and ways to understand the world and its issues. Through campus collaborations, student advocacy, and social justice education, the Center nurtures a diverse and inclusive environment where all students, particularly historically underrepresented students, can thrive as scholars, leaders, and human beings. We aim to support the understanding and appreciation of diversity, and to empower students to be critical thinkers. We seek to graduate leaders who will bring about positive change towards the creation of a more just society.


Eva Martinez Powless (She/Her/Hers)
Director, Office of Intercultural Engagement
Center for Intercultural Engagement
LGBTQ+ Resource Center

Born in Muzquiz Coahuila, Mexico, Eva was a first-generation student who attended middle and high school in Crystal City, Texas. Prior to joining the Student Affairs team, Eva worked in Marquette’s Office of Admission for eight years in the role of Assistant Dean and Multicultural Community Outreach. She also brings a community-based perspective by having experience in leadership in the non-profit sector. Eva serves on various committees and is a proud member of the Hispanic Youth and Career Conference planning committee. Eva earned her B.A. in Community Development & Leadership at Alverno College and Master's in Public Service and Leadership at Marquette University.

Christina Sanchez (She/Her/Hers)
Office Associate, Office of Intercultural Engagement

Major Cooper (He/Him/His)
Assistant Director, African American Student Services
Center for Intercultural Engagement
Office of Intercultural Engagement

Originally from Memphis, Major Cooper spent his summers in Milwaukee as a teenager and it was then he found a fondness for this Cream City. Major Cooper comes to Marquette with over 12 years of Student Affairs experience. Major is enthused by the opportunity to work within the community and share the importance and benefit of a quality education with the Milwaukee community. Major believes that "Together Everyone Achieves More" (TEAM). Major received a Bachelors of Arts from Kentucky State University, a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from University of Kentucky, and a Masters of Arts in Public Administration from University of Louisvile.

E. Tejada III (They/Them/Their(s))
Coordinator for LGBTQ+ Programs and Services
LGBTQ+ Resource Center

Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, E. spent the seven years prior to Marquette working within Student Affairs in five different states in both professional and graduate positions. Prior to Marquette, E. worked professionally within Residence Life at Interlochen Arts Academy, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Colorado Mesa University, and the Summer Dance Program at Boston Ballet. E. brings with them a strong passion for advocacy and desire to create more equitable and inclusive environments for all students. E. earned a Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E) from The University of Tulsa and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Educational Administration, Student Affairs from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. E. joined the Office of Intercultural Engagement in April 2016.

DeJuan Washington (He/Him/His)
Graduate Assistant, Intercultural Engagement

Born in Milwaukee, WI, DeJuan is a first generation student who attended high school at Riverside University High School. He then went on to receive a B.A in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. DeJuan has a list of experiences ranging from being a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar, contributor to the L.E.A.P (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) initiative, and former Vice President of UW-Whitewater’s Black Student Union, ect. He is the epitome of perseverance and desires to act as a resource to students during their unique journey’s towards excellence. DeJuan aspires to one day be the director of Multicultural Affairs at public institution after graduation.

Oscar Silva (He/Him/His)
Graduate Assistant, Latinx and Undocumented Student Initiatives

Tere Serna
Pronouns: She/Her
Student Program Assistant
Center for Intercultural Engagement

Koryn St. Clair
Pronouns: She/Her
Student Program Assistant
Center for Intercultural Engagement

Sam Perez
Pronouns: She/Her
Student Program Assistant
LGBTQ+ Resource Center

Joenny Lopez Cuevas
Pronouns: She/Her
Student Program Assistant
LGBTQ+ Resource Center

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