Marquette Forum

As part of the greater Milwaukee community and in accordance with our guiding values, Marquette University is committed to nurturing “an inclusive, diverse community that fosters new opportunities, partnerships, collaboration, and vigorous yet respectful debate.” The Marquette Forum engages students, faculty, staff and residents of greater Milwaukee in a yearlong series of inclusive conversations, bringing experts of national renown together with those from the Marquette and Milwaukee communities.

Building on last year’s Forum on “Freedom Dreams Now,” this year will explore the challenges to achieving health equity in Milwaukee, regionally, and globally. As a city with a difficult history of residential segregation and deindustrialization, Milwaukee is uniquely situated to address global health issues. The Forum invites conversations on public health issues touching Milwaukee, including infant mortality, toxic stress, and incarceration. Our conversations will engage statewide efforts including the “Healthiest Wisconsin 2020” plan; we will also engage with national and international efforts by the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and others.

In connection with the 50th anniversary recognition of the Marches on Milwaukee, the Marquette Forum will also explore housing as a public health issue. As sociologist and public health expert David R. Williams describes it in his 2016 TED talk How Racism Makes Us Sick, “Residential segregation is the secret sauce that creates racial inequality in the United States.” Access to affordable and safe housing remains a challenge in one of the most segregated cities in the country, and an ongoing source of continuing health disparities. Dr. Williams will be joining us to deliver a distinguished lecture on March 27, 2018.

As a Catholic, Jesuit University, we are rooted in our mission of “the search for truth, the fostering of personal and professional excellence, the promotion of a life of faith, and the development of leadership expressed in service to others.” Through this mission, Marquette University is committed to reaching beyond traditional academic boundaries and embrace new and collaborative methods of teaching, learning, research and service in an inclusive environment that supports all members of Marquette and Milwaukee. We seek to energize our campus and engage the communities of Milwaukee by asking how we can promote societal efforts to achieve health equity for all.


About the Forum

For academic year 2017-18, Marquette University will engage in a year-long series of events focusing on health equity. Building on last year’s theme “Freedom Dreams Now,” this year will explore health disparities, the social determinants of health, and opportunities for achieving greater equity locally and globally. Engaging students, faculty, staff, and the communities making up greater Milwaukee, Forum events will focus on several dimensions of health equity:

  • Children’s health/social determinants of health
  • Mental health: enduring stigmas and challenges
  • Global health: developing Marquette networks
  • Incarceration and health
  • Milwaukee: accessing healthcare

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This site will be updated throughout the academic year as we add events to our schedule.