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Before coming to Marquette, I doubted I would ever experience any serious, difficult, or even significant interactions with the impoverished in the community. I struggled to see any purpose in “wasting my time” to learn about the Milwaukee and the homeless people in it. Sure, I knew they would be around campus; but, would it really be that difficult to avoid helping someone I don’t know or trust? Thankfully, as I began to immerse myself in the Milwaukee community, new perspectives and experiences quickly replaced my ignorant attitudes and preconceived notions. And, as a long-term volunteer, I have shared in many meaningful conversations with fellow students and community residents. These conversations, though, brought serious, significant questions to my mind. I became increasingly intrigued, wondering about the Milwaukee community’s perceptions of Marquette and of student perceptions of our Milwaukee neighbors. I began to question certain Marquette ideals – is it a reality to “be the difference?” Can we actually define ourselves with the phrase “We are Marquette, We are Milwaukee? From these initial questions, I discerned the primary research question and correlating sub-questions for this project: What is the relationship between Marquette and Milwaukee? How can we transform this relationship into a more effective partnership?
Marquette University, Marquette Bubble, Milwaukee, partnership, racial dynamics, relationships, community, community service, volunteer work, inhibitions