Gateway Immersion

Gateway Immersion Service Trip



Immersion Service Trips are an integral component of Creighton?s mission and Ignatian values, as they provide access to higher education to disadvantaged, low-income, and underrepresented students. The immersions focus on college preparedness and scholarship assistance, but the trips also incorporate social justice through developing an awareness of Native American people.



Rosebud Fall 2013, SSS students posing with Todd County High School students




Student Support Service students not only provide direct service, but will learn about the Tribal culture and issues facing each reservation community. The learning objectives for the Gateway Immersion trips include the following:

  1. To prepare Creighton students to work with vulnerable populations using education as the agent of change.

  2. To learn interactive and culturally competent communication methods and techniques for use in individual, small group, and community activities.

  3. To increase high school students? awareness of and ability to obtain a college education.

The Gateway Immersion service trips take place on the Winnebago, NE, Eagle Butte, SD, Rosebud/Pine Ridge, SD, and Chinle, AZ reservations.



Winnebago Spring 2013, SSS students making dream catchers


General Information

Cost: Expenses are covered by the Creighton Native American Advancement Program, but we ask you to provide for two of your meals while travelling to and from your host site. We also ask that keeping with Tribal values of generosity you provide a gift for your host family, as a token of gratitude.

When: Fall and Spring Break

Duration: 5 - 7 days


  1. Conduct yourself in accordance with Ignatian values

  2. Complete the appropriate pre-trip training sessions

  3. Complete post-trip evaluations


Contact Information

Contact: Vanessa John, Outreach and Retention Specialist

Phone: 402-280-2214



Gateway Immersion Applications

Upcoming Gateway Immersion applications can be found below.