Diversity and Inclusion


Diversity and Inclusion at Creighton

Creighton University’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion collaboratively leads across the university in developing and deepening our commitment to progress in diversity and inclusion as a strength and asset using an inclusive excellence perspective. The office leads the university in continually and sustainably fostering a welcoming, inclusive, and affirming university environment where each individual is cherished and can succeed as their fully authentic self as a reflection of justice and our Catholic Jesuit mission.

Juneteenth Message to the Creighton Community

June 19 — Today, we commemorate Juneteenth, a truly American holiday. It is American in that it drips with both the pain and the hope of being Black in America. Read the full message from Dr. Whitt.

Inclusive Excellence: Diversity & Inclusion Defined

Inclusion- Constantly and consistently working towards an environment where individuals feel as if they can be their full selves and succeed. Aiming for a culture where each individual feels valued.

Diversity- Aiming to build an environment with a wide variety of perspectives based on a multitude of elements of intersecting identities. Looking for demographic compositions more reflective of our current environment and where we are headed for the future.

Inclusive Excellence- At each point of decision making and management seriously considering the benefits and implications of diversity and inclusion. Realizing that progress in diversity and inclusion makes the entire organization stronger, more resilient, and adaptable for current situations and for the future.

Creighton University, inspired out of a Catholic and Jesuit tradition, treasures the innate dignity of each member of our community and upholds the sanctity of each human being as a profound gift of God. Finding the resplendence of the divine reflected in the uniqueness of every person, we seek, acknowledge and celebrate diversity at Creighton because our Catholic and Ignatian heritage inspires and impels us to do so. Diversity in principle is the “service of faith in the promotion of justice.” Diversity enhances our social selves and intellectual lives by exposing all of us to methods, styles and frames of reference that challenge our unexamined assumptions helping us unmask personal, cultural, institutionalized, and organizational discrimination and stigmatization, recognizing that ignorance and stereotypes create and sustain privileges and preference for some, while creating and sustaining marginalization and oppression for others.

In a truly catholic context, diversity at Creighton commends inclusion as a prudential, virtuous, and practical principle. Celebrating diversity at Creighton is an invitation to incarnate our mission to educate lifelong learners who will be agents for change in our local communities and in the world. Diversity at Creighton animates our varied intellectual pursuits and enriches our mission to “seek Truth in all its forms.” To this end, Creighton faculty, staff, students and administrators seek to foster an environment of awareness, inclusion, and compassion for everyone in our community and our guests, regardless of age, culture, faith, ethnicity, immigrant status, race, gender, sexual orientation, language, physical appearance, physical ability, or social class. Our caring, hospitable community, our attention to those who are underserved, our academic and co-curricular offerings, and our admissions, hiring, and promotion policies all give testimony to our desire to make Creighton a welcoming, inclusive community. We do this by constant vigilance and reassessment of our campus climate, reaching out to those who are marginalized and whose voices are muted by the mainstream.

Additional Programs and Offices

Student Cultural Organizations

Creighton University has a myriad of cultural student organizations. They are a part of our rich Student Cultural Center in the Creighton Intercultural Center (CIC)

For information on all student organizations, including information on how to start a student organization at Creighton, please visit the Student Leadership & Involvement Center (SLIC).

Diversity at Work

Creighton offers a welcoming, supportive environment to a diverse community of educators, professionals and support staff. With more than 2,250 employees, Creighton University is one of Omaha’s top employers. At Creighton University, our mission is clear: We exist for students and learning. Our faculty and staff work collaboratively with our students to offer a challenging, supportive and engaging educational environment.

Similarly, the University is dedicated to the development of its employees, and offers opportunities for growth personally, professionally and spiritually.

At Creighton University, you’ll discover a diverse and caring community–committed to excellence in all its forms, service to others, the pursuit of truth and preparing graduates to make a difference in a complex world. Creighton University encourages and supports people of all backgrounds, experiences and talents to apply to work at Creighton!

For more information on employment at Creighton, visit careers.creighton.edu.


Mary Lucretia and Sarah Emily Creighton Award
Sponsored by Creighton’s Committee on the Status of Women

Creighton Intercultural Center Student Leadership Awards
Sponsored by the Creighton Intercultural Center

Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J. Diversity Award for Innovation and Excellence
Sponsored by Creighton University.

The Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., Diversity Award for Excellence and Innovation is presented to people who have contributed to the University and its mission and have been involved in diversity–related partnerships in the local community.


Main Email Address: DiversityAndInclusion [at] creighton [dot] edu

Christopher M. Whitt, Ph.D 
Vice Provost, Institutional Diversity and Inclusion 
ChristopherWhitt [at] creighton [dot] edu
Creighton Hall 224C 

Janique Hayes, MPA
Administrative Coordinator
JaniqueHayes [at] creighton [dot] edu
Creighton Hall 240

Mara Moore
J.D. Candidate, Class of 2022
Research Assistant 
MaraLorber [at] creighton [dot] edu
Creighton Hall 224