Community Engagement

Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

Creighton has begun efforts to apply for the Carnegie Foundation Classification for Community Engagement. This undertaking will engage stakeholders across campus and will involve data collection and documentation of important aspects of our institutional mission, identity, and commitments. The application will be submitted in April 2019. 

The Classification for Community Engagement is not an award; rather, it is an evidence-based documentation of institutional practice to be used in a process of self-assessment and quality improvement. This documentation will be reviewed to determine whether we are qualified for recognition as a community-engaged institution.

Please direct any questions about the application process to Dan Walsh (danwalsh@creighton.edu)

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What is the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement?

What is the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement?

  • Elective (voluntary) classification recognizing institutionalization of community engagement
  • Evidence-based documentation of institutional practice to be used in a process of self-assessment and quality improvement
  • Recognition that community engagement permeates the institution in institutional mission, identity, and commitments
  • More than data collection—it’s a forward-looking process

How is Community Engagement Defined?

How is Community Engagement Defined?

Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity, in order to:

  • Enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity
  • Enhance curriculum, teaching, and learning
  • Prepare educated, engaged citizens
  • Strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility
  • Address critical societal issues
  • Contribute to the public good

Why is Creighton Pursuing Classification?

Why is Creighton Pursuing Classification?

  • Supports our mission and culture as a Jesuit Catholic university.
  • Encourages us to come together in a self-study on how we collaborate with our local, regional, and global communities.
  • Allows us to identify current best practices and envision future opportunities to offer engaged learning for students and partner with our communities far and near.
  • Helps to establish new ways of supporting CE research and scholarship
  • Earns public recognition for CU’s commitment to contribute to the public good.

Task Force Members

Task Force Members

Because the self-study of Creighton’s institutional commitment to community engagement involves a broad array of stakeholders, a Task Force was established by Rev. Hendrickson, SJ.

  • Andrea Montoya, JD, Director, Institute for Latin American Concern
  • Christopher Whitt, PhD, Vice Provost for Institutional Diversity & Inclusion
  • Colette O’Meara-McKinney, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, School of Dentistry
  • Erika Kirby, PhD, Professor, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Joy Doll, OTD, OTR/L, FNAP, Director, Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research
  • Kate Mahern, JD, Director, Abrahams Legal Clinic, School of Law
  • Kate Martens-Stricklett, Program Manager, Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research
  • Kelly Gould, MPH, RDH, Director, Extramural Programs, School of Dentistry
  • Kelly Tadeo Orbik, Associate Director, Schlegel Center for Service & Justice
  • Konni Cawiezell, Director of Principal Gifts, University Relations
  • Nancy Shirley, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Nursing
  • Rebecca Murray, PhD, Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Todd Darnold, PhD, Associate Professor, Heider College of Business
  • Tom Lenz, PhD, Director, Center for Health Promotion and Wellbeing
  • Ying Vuthiipadadon, PhD, Director, Institutional Research
  • Daniel Walsh, Senior Program Administrator, Office of Academic Service-Learning

Get Engaged

A key part of the classification process involves documentation of Creighton’s current community engagement efforts. We invite the campus community to share any information regarding partnerships with the community (local, regional, national, global) and provide input.

Submit Community Engagement Information Today