Diversity and Inclusion


Diversity and Inclusion at Creighton

Creighton University welcomes all expressions of diversity in keeping with the Ignatian tradition of fostering an inclusive, compassionate, and respectful environment for our students, staff, faculty and guests. In addition to the University’s overall mission, various offices, programs, initiatives and student organizations aimed at bringing a greater awareness regarding diversity on our campus support this commitment.

Diversity & Inclusion Defined

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.

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.

Creighton University is proud to present the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., Diversity Awards for Excellence & Innovation in the following categories: Individual, Unit/Department/Program, and Scholarship.  The awards were established as of January 17, 2011 and will be presented on an annual basis. Winners are listed below.


  • 2016 - Dr. Richard Witmer & Dr. Martha Todd
  • 2015 - Dr. Victoria Roche & Mr. Jeffrey Lange
  • 2013 - Ms. Catherine Weiss Pedersen, University College/University Ministry 
  • 2012 - Dr. Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, Health Sciences & HS-MACA
  • 2011 - Dr. Ashton Welch, College of Arts & Sciences


  • 2016 - HS-MACA
  • 2013 - Not awarded
  • 2012 - The Gateway Program, Student Support Services
  • 2011 - Office of Interprofessional Scholarship, Service, and Education (OISSE)


  • 2013 - Dr. Naser Alsharif, SPAHP
  • 2012 - Not awarded
  • 2011 - Dr. Stephanie Wernig, Academic Affairs