Engaging with the spirit that led to the creation of the Educational Opportunity Program in 1969, the Marquette Forum will explore opportunities and challenges to creating educational access for all communities. To learn more about the EOP 50th anniversary celebrations, see the website: https://www.marquette.edu/eop-50th-anniversary/

Building on last year’s theme, “Democracy in Troubled Times,” Forum events will engage students, faculty, staff, and the communities making up with Greater Milwaukee in conversations on overcoming the threats to the future of educational opportunity, including:
• Increased wealth disparities nationally
• Ballooning higher education cost
• Mass incarceration policies
• Healthcare inequities

As a Catholic, Jesuit university, the Marquette community is encouraged to consider these challenges by engaging with the Forum and participating in events. The Forum will also support existing symposia, conferences and colloquia related to educational access and opportunity.


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Wednesday, February 5th
12:00 AM

Pivotal Moment: Civil Unrest and the Birth of EOP

Vivian King, Vivan L. King Connections, LLC
George R. Thompson III, Briggs & Stratton
Maureen Hoyler, Council for Opportunity in Education
M. Joseph Donald, WI Court of Appeals, District 1
Ryan G. Duns, Marquette University

12:00 AM

Thursday, February 27th
12:00 AM

EOP 50th Anniversary Keynote Speaker Freeman Hrabowski

Freeman A. Hrabowski, University of Maryland Baltimore County

12:00 AM