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 Marquita Coe, Assistant Registrar

Posted on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011
Marquita spearheads the linen drive, inviting staff, faculty, and students to donate their linens to local shelters at the end of the year.
Marquita spearheads the linen drive, inviting staff, faculty, and students to donate their linens to local shelters at the end of the year.

The Staff Senate contributes to Santa Clara University's success by promoting a positive and supportive work environment for its staff employees. As with the Faculty Senate and the Associated Student Government, the Staff Senate provides a forum for development and dialogue among staff members and other members of the University community. Among the leaders of the Staff Senate is Marquita Coe, Assistant Registrar in the Office of Registrar, who serves as co-chair of the community service committee. Through this role and as a volunteer working with the Ignatian Center, Marquita has helped plan and promote various projects with local campus and community organizations.

Marquita has been working at SCU for more than 20 years; prior to that, she worked in the high-tech industry. At SCU, she found a wonderful community of individuals and ideals focused on the three C’s: competence, conscience, and compassion. In the past, she has worked in Risk Management and the Undergraduate Business Programs office, and currently serves as the Assistant Registrar in the Office of the Registrar.

Several years ago, when the Santa Clara Home Safe shelter was built, Marquita was part of a group from SCU that provided the shelter with linens and dishes through community donations. Home Safe also has a San Jose location. These shelters provide shared housing and support services for women and children of domestic abuse. Marquita continues to work with the shelters and organizes projects involving the SCU community. As part of an annual SCU tradition, plans are already in place to provide the women and children at the San Jose location with a night of celebration where the residents have an opportunity to relax and have fun. The theme this year is St. Patrick’s Day and will take place on March 8, 2012.

This year some of her bigger projects that involve the SCU community include:

  • In collaboration with the Ignatian Center, provide breakfast with other group volunteers to the Julian Street Inn shelter residents twice monthly.
  • In collaboration with the SCU Alumni Relations organization, promote community involvement in an on-going cell phone drive. Phones are recycled in an environmentally-safe and responsible manner, with proceeds benefitting essential support programs, including emergency shelters. Cell phones, working or not, and their accessories can be dropped off at any time to the Alumni Relations office located in Donohoe Alumni House.
  • In collaboration with Campus Ministries, involvement with the Second Harvest Holiday Food Drive taking place now through December 9, 2011.
  • The Staff Senate is taking the lead in putting together a Santa Clara University Community Service Day. Already planned for Saturday, May 5, 2012, this event will be providing a day of community service. It will include staff, faculty and student volunteers and their family members. If successful, it is hoped that the event will become another SCU annual tradition.
  • In collaboration with student housing, plans are in place to hold a linen drive that will benefit bay area shelters.

Marquita would like to see more community service opportunities created that provide opportunities for staff, faculty and students to work together as a community. If you are interested in getting involved with any or all of the projects and initiatives listed, please contact Marquita at MCoe@scu.edu.

Interview and article by Michelle Tang, '13, Sustainability Intern.

Tags: Community Engagement, Get Involved, Profiles