History of OMA

History of the Office of Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs at Creighton University first started at Creighton University in the late 1960s during the aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement.  Locally here in Omaha and at Creighton--many Creighton staff, students, and faculty advocated for civil rights and promoted equality and justice for all in the local Omaha community.  Perhaps no one more important to this fight in Creighton's history was Fr. John P. Markoe, S.J. 

And since our history is important to note as we move forward, it is important to document the start of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Creighton University.

  • 1969
    The first office for Minority Affairs is created.  Mr. Charles Rucker is appointed Associate Dean for Minority Affairs and holds the position until 1972.
  • 1972-1981
    Mr. Sam Crawford, Associate Vice President of Student Services, is co-appointed Director of Minority Affairs.
  • 1987-1994
    Mr. Reggie Morris is appointed Coordinator of Multicultural Student Services.
  • 1994
    The Office of Minority Affairs is renamed the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Mr. Ricardo Ariza is appointed Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.