Marquette Center for Peacemaking to partner with Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee; new SWIM coordinator named
MILWAUKEE — The Center for Peacemaking at Marquette University will be the new home of Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWIM), a nonprofit organization formed to increase strategic partnerships between community service providers and address generational trauma in Milwaukee.
“The missions of SWIM and the Center for Peacemaking are so uniquely aligned that we found this new collaborative model to be a key strategic step toward addressing trauma in our community,” Marquette President Michael R. Lovell said. “By bringing SWIM onto campus and into the Near West Side, we will be able to engage in activities designed to increase personal and community resilience and become a national model for building trauma-informed workplaces and communities.”
President Lovell and First Lady Amy Lovell, co-founder and former president of REDgen, helped found SWIM to address generational trauma in Milwaukee through a collaborative, multidisciplinary model. Its mission is to build a trauma-responsive community that heals trauma and promotes resilience. SWIM operates on a volunteer basis consisting of local non-profit leaders, business executives, hospital and university administrators, community stakeholders, and community members.
Pierson is a Milwaukee-area native and graduated from Marquette with a bachelor’s degree in education and sociology. Since graduating, she has served as a teacher, first teaching sixth grade writing at the Hmong American Peace Academy in Milwaukee. She then spent two years in Dalian, China, on an international teaching experience at Maple Lead Foreign Nationals School, where she taught pre-kindergarten to third grade students.
About the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking
Housed within the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for Peacemaking contributes to instruction, research and community engagement at the university. For the past 10 years, the Center, through its Peace Works program, has helped behavioral reassignment schools, traditional schools, Catholic schools and youth-serving agencies teach young people to modify behaviors while simultaneously working to increase young people’s connections to their schools and protective factors from violence.
About Marquette University
Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee that offers a comprehensive range of majors in 11 nationally and internationally recognized colleges and schools. Through the formation of hearts and minds, Marquette prepares our 11,100 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional students to lead, excel and serve as agents of positive change. And, we deliver results. Ranked in the top 20% of national universities, Marquette is recognized for its undergraduate teaching, innovation and career preparation as the sixth-best university in the country for job placement. Our focus on student success and immersive, personalized learning experiences encourages students to think critically and engage with the world around them. When students graduate with a Marquette degree, they are truly prepared and called to Be The Difference.
NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. It has not been verified for its accuracy or completeness.