Creighton Honors Founder of Project Interfaith
Beth A. Katz, founder and executive director of Project Interfaith, will receive the 2008 alumni award from the Creighton University College of Arts and Sciences. The award, the highest alumni honor given by the University's schools and colleges, will be presented during the "Evening of Honors Alumni Awards Ceremony," on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Harper Center Hixson-Lied Auditorium on campus.
Katz began Project Interfaith in 2005 as a way to create respect and educate community members about religious diversity by offering programs, activities and training. Thousands of individuals as well as some 400 educators have attended the organization's workshops and training.
She also has served in leadership positions with Amnesty International and on the committee for "Women of Spirit: A Multi-Faith Gathering of Women." An adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, she also served as a research assistant for the U. S. Institute of Peace Constitution Writing and Conflict Resolution Project.
Katz received her Bachelor of Science in education summa cum laude from Creighton in 2000. While at Creighton, she was awarded the Mary Lucretia and Sarah Emily Creighton Award by the University Committee on the Status of Women for serving as a role model for other women. She was the College of Arts and Sciences outstanding senior and was honored with the Martin Luther King Award. She received master's degrees in public policy and social work from the University of Michigan in 2003.