Individuals, departments and divisions at Creighton University have produced a number of resources for those who hope to gain a deeper understanding of the ways in which systemic racism persists in today’s world.
Our faculty, staff, administrators and students are involved in a number of efforts to share information on how we can dismantle systemic racism and the hierarchy of human value. We will continue to update this space with new material as it becomes available.
Erika Dakin Kirby, PhD, and Guy McHendry, PhD, communication studies faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, have created a guide for educators on how to incorporate anti-racism concepts in the classroom. The project was supported by Creighton’s Kingfisher Institute for Liberal Arts and Professions.
The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-Racism (IDEA) bookshelf, created by Creighton University Libraries, includes a number of lists of books and other curated resources for learning, understanding and developing a posture of cultural humility. This is a “living document,” with librarians continuously updating it with new material.
As a tenant in the Highlander Accelerator, located along 30th Street between Hamilton and Lake Streets in North Omaha, Creighton is committed to providing programs that focus of the health and well-being of individuals in the surrounding community. Here, staff has compiled a number of reading lists for adults and children, as well as information on how to address the COVID-19 pandemic through a lens of racial equity. Read a statement on anti-racism from the Creighton University at Highlander Team.
Creighton’s Kingfisher Institute has compiled its own list of reading materials, which address race in the areas of higher education and medicine. This list also includes links to articles which tell the story of the 1919 lynching of Will Brown in Omaha.
In August 2020, Christopher Whitt, PhD, vice provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, hosted a Zoom session for University faculty that addressed anti-racism concepts and how the work of diversity and inclusion is vital to Creighton as a Jesuit, Catholic institution.
Inspired by Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” faculty, staff and administrators held a roundtable discussion on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021 to discuss their visions for Creighton University as an anti-racist institution.