Developed by the Office of Student Development- Intercultural Engagement, SUSTAIN: Excellence (Supporting Unity & Success To Achieve In Numbers) is an umbrella program that promotes the social, intercultural, and leadership development of students in the following communities:
Through mentoring, educational workshops and other activities, SUSTAIN: Excellence goals are to:
Mentoring: Mentoring is a major component of SUSTAIN: Excellence. Current undergraduate student Mentors (sophomores, juniors, seniors) are paired with first-year students, referred to as "Protégés" in the program. Mentors receive training throughout the year to serve as role models, resources and friends assisting with the success of their Protégés as they transition and become integrated in the Marquette community.
SUSTAIN Success Workshops: Mentors and Protégés will participate in biweekly engaging workshops that will cover a range of important topics from diversity/social justice education, improving leadership skills, to strategies of building strong relationships with faculty/alumni.
Discussion Circles: Discussion/support groups provide Mentors, Protégés and other students an opportunity to develop a stronger connection to campus, and discuss topics related to diversity and inclusion. Participants can select to participate in the following groups:
SUSTAIN: Excellence Recognition Ceremony: End of the year ceremony recognizing the academic and leadership achievement of participants involved with SUSTAIN: Excellence.
Research shows that college students who participate in programs like SUSTAIN: Excellence do better academically and socially, and benefit from personalized services that support their first year transition to college. Students become strongly connected to campus and get better acclimated when they have a structured approach to build meaningful connections with peers who have similar identities and experiences. Initiatives like SUSTAIN: Excellence also offer opportunities for enhanced personal and intercultural development necessary for other leadership and employment roles on campus. This program also supports success and achievement as participants pursue graduation.
Any incoming Marquette student who identify as a member in one or more of the following communities is eligible to participate in the SUSTAIN: Excellence program:
If you will be a first year student and interested in being a Protégé, please visit the Incoming Students/Protégés section for more information.
If you will be sophomore, junior or senior and interested in serving as a Mentor or helping with SUSTAIN: Excellence, please visit the Current Students/ Mentors section for more information.
If you have questions about the SUSTAIN: Excellence program, please contact Carla Fullwood, Assistant Dean for Intercultural Engagement, at (414) 288-7205 or email firstname.lastname@example.org