EOP was established on Marquette's campus in the late 1960's with the goal of increasing diversity and extending opportunities to low-income members of the community. In a historically, highly-segregated city like Milwaukee, EOP served as a vital program to create a more diverse Marquette community. Graduates have gone on the receive jobs in companies across the country and remain connected with the program years after departing campus.
As students analyze the past, it's important to also look to the future. 45 years ago, Marquette answered the call to create a more diverse community and has been very successful in doing so. But now it's time to look to the future. How can EOP continue to grow at Marquette and continue changing the lives of students in the community and across the country?
One thing I want to pursue in the final project is rates of diversity. How successful has EOP been with increasing diversity on campus? Are there similar programs at other Catholic universities that have experienced similar success?
If the members of #loweclass pursue this project with the same dedication exhibited during the first half of the semester, I'm confident that we'll be able to answer the call to tell the story of EOP's success in the community with the same passion exhibited by the program's founding members. I look forward to working with my classmates as we plan an execute a story highlighting one of Marquette's most unique and special programs.