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.

Vision

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.

Staff

Eva Martinez Powless (She/Her/Hers)
Director, Office of Intercultural Engagement
eva.martinez@marquette.edu
414-288-6771

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
christina.sanchez@marquette.edu
414-288-4274

TBD
Assistant Director, African American Student Services
Center for Intercultural Engagement
Office of Intercultural Engagement
414-288-3214

TBD
Coordinator for LGBTQ+ Programs and Services
LGBTQ+ Resource Center
414-288-4974

DeJuan Washington (He/Him/His)
Graduate Assistant, Intercultural Engagement
dejuan.washington@marquette.edu
414-288-3212

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
oscar.silva@marquette.edu

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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