Community Initiatives

At Cardinal Stritch University, the community is our classroom.

At Stritch, we are committed to acting in ways that align with our Franciscan values of creating a caring community, making peace, reverencing creation, and showing compassion. We will continue to speak out about the civic issues of the day, and we will be civically engaged locally and globally because we are called to do so spiritually, philosophically, and pragmatically. Our commitment will be evident in our campus dialogues and strategic thinking, curricular and co-curricular development, community partner relationships, and in our fervent desire to instill the power of servant leadership into every Stritch graduate.

Bringing the Community to Campus

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 explore Gospel values with members of the Catholic business and professional community.

Educational Outreach Programs

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.

Mission Fuel applies a business accelerator model to assist nonprofit leadership teams with developing and implementing strategies to diversify revenue streams, become more entrepreneurial, and ultimately realize a more stable and self-sustainable future.

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.

Literacy and Math Centers offer comprehensive literacy and math assessment and intervention services for students in grades K-12. All students are taught individually or in groups of two by literacy and math professionals or Cardinal Stritch University literacy undergraduate and graduate students. 

The Saint Clare Center for Ministry and Leadership 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.

Grant Funded Community Engagement Initiatives

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.

In 2011 Milwaukee Public Schools was awarded 33 million dollars to implement a Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP). TEAM GEAR UP is a 7 year project bringing together institutions of higher education, college access organizations, and community based organizations with a goal of increasing the number of MPS students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Stritch has been a strong partner since the launch of the project providing reading, writing, and math literacy support in the middle and high schools, professional development for 6-12th grade school staff, career exploration through campus visits, and ultimately scholarship assistants when these high school students enroll at Stritch as college freshmen.

Community-Campus Partnerships

Stritch is committed to four distinct types of mutually beneficial community partnerships.

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 MilwaukeeThe 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 AcademyMilwaukee 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.

Through Professional Development and Continuing Education we have the capacity to respond to distinct 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 Stritch Wolves sporting events and an exciting array of art exhibitions, theatrical plays, and musical concerts each year.


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