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Creighton's Multicultural Affairs Recognized for Native American Retreat

Creighton's Multicultural Affairs Recognized for Native American Retreat

Creighton University's Office of Multicultural Affairs was recognized for its commitment to civil rights and Native American issues and outreach initiatives during the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs 2006 Chief Standing Bear Commemoration Celebration on May 12 in the rotunda of the State Capitol.

Ricardo Ariza, director of the office of Multicultural Affairs at Creighton, said receiving the recognition was a great honor.

"We have touched the lives of more than 600 Native American High School students over the past 10 years through our Native American retreat program for high school students. Thanks to the commitment of Creighton University and the involvement of the University's Native American Student Association in planning and coordinating the retreat since its inception, we have been able to show these students that college is a possibility and offer them a chance to grow to their full potential," said Ariza.

The Native American Retreat, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, is an intense three-day program designed to help Native American high school students think about and prepare for higher education. In addition to designing a program that exposes students to college life through experiential learning, the retreat provides facilitated learning sessions on college preparation and career options.

Retreat participants come from Arizona, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Creighton is the only Jesuit University to offer a Native American Studies major, and this year more than 100 students from 16 colleges and universities from across the nation attended the Annual National American Indian Leadership Conference hosted by Creighton University.

Posted: 5/15/06