Community Initiatives

At Cardinal Stritch University, the community is our classroom.

At Stritch we believe in the pursuit of community engaged academic excellence through collaboration and mutually beneficial partnerships that build stronger and more caring individuals, organizations, and communities that together serve the greater good for all.


The Kendall Lecture Series brings to campus speakers of national prominence who are chosen based on their ability to encourage meaningful intellectual discussion among students and the broader Milwaukee community.

The Mission-Driven Leaders Series features successful Stritch alumni who align their values with actions to achieve positive results for themselves, their organizations and businesses, and the society at large.

The Forums on Faith and Work provide an opportunity for professionals to gather, network, build connections, and explores Gospel values with members of the Catholic business and professional community.

Through Continuing Education and Professional Development we have the capacity to respond to distinctive private and public sector needs with in-person and online professional development, educational seminars and adult learning non-credit programs.

We also welcome the community to scores of Stritch Wolves sporting events and an exciting array of art exhibitions, theatrical plays, and musical concerts each year.


The Southeastern Wisconsin New Teacher Project (SWEP) is dedicated to accelerating effectiveness of new teachers through research-based comprehensive mentoring and professional development programs aligned with Wisconsin PI-34 state requirements.

The African American Leadership Program (AALP) uses active learning, executive coaching, and professional networking to strengthen the leadership growth of professionals in private, public, and nonprofit organizations. African Americans from an array of professions and backgrounds have participated in AALP since 2008.

The Neighborhood Leadership Initiative (NLI) is a program for current and future community leaders. Participants participate in experiential learning and coaching sessions developed to identify personal values and leadership styles, strengthen communication skills, and improve relationships with city and county government.

Urban Literacy Centers provide access to functional, lifetime literacy and offer comprehensive literacy assessment and intervention services for students in selected Milwaukee Public Schools. The Centers address the tremendous need for literacy instruction and all students are taught in groups of 1-3 by literacy professionals.

The Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life provides formation and education for lay Catholics who wish to grow in faith and service. Professional development in theology, scripture, spirituality, and ministry serve volunteers and employees from parishes and schools throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, including 2,400 Archdiocesan teachers.


The Career Ready Internship Grant is enabling the creation of 165 new paid internships for juniors and seniors with financial need. This three-year $366,000 award from the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation helps build capacity at area nonprofit organizations while enabling soon-to-be graduates become equipped with the knowledge and skills that will help them succeed in their careers and communities.

The artsHUBmke is a partnership with Arts@Large and Milwaukee Public Schools to support Stritch education students as they become confident and competent teaching in and through the arts. This two-year $500,000 Margaret A. Cargill Foundation grant enables students to experience innovative arts integrated methods classes, supportive school placements, and have access to mentoring and coaching to grow and sustain them through their first five years of teaching.

The San Damiano Encounter is a faith-based leadership development program provided by Stritch faculty and staff for high school students in southeast Wisconsin. This four-year $409,302 grant award is funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative helping high school students engage with their own questions of meaning, identity, and purpose through a process of integrating theological learning, reflection on vocation, and critical thinking about current societal issues.


315 Placement Partners including the Agape Center, the African American Chamber of Commerce, Messmer High School, Johnson Controls, Inc., and St Ben’s Clinic where students learn by doing through internships, student teaching, nursing practica, and community service initiatives.

52 Project Partners including The Jewish Museum of Milwaukee, the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee, The Commons, and The National Band Association where faculty and students work with organization leaders to
develop and implement clearly defined projects and programs.

10 Enrollment Partners including Aurora Healthcare, Catholic Financial Life, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee where there is recognition of the value that a Stritch education can have for employees and stakeholders’ professional and personal growth.

5 Signature Partners including JO’s Learning Academy, Milwaukee Public Schools, and UMOS, Inc. where there is a deeply shared commitment to work together with Stritch to leverage shared assets and shared values to cultivate the growth of professionals and engaged citizens committed to serving a greater good.