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Employee Resource Group

Creighton aims to support staff and faculty of multiple socio-cultural identities through an inclusive employee resource. The group is centered in building a stronger community and includes networking, educational and volunteer opportunities.


The mission of employee resource group is to create a community and foster connections among Creighton University staff and faculty. Its purpose is to:

  • Celebrate and support the success of our diverse faculty and staff
  • Provide opportunities to engage in ally-ship and anti-racist practices to all members of the Creighton community, and professional and engagement opportunities within campus and broader communities
  • Serve as models of community support to students
  • Aspire to provide means for accountability and possibilities for growth to the rest of the entirety of our campus community.

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The employee resources group is referred to by its name CANDLES – Challenging and Navigating Dialogues Leveraging Equality Systematically.

Other groups to come out of the group may include:
Creighton Alumni, Black/African American Association, Hispanic/Latinx Faculty Association, Disabled Association, LGBTQ+, Military and Veterans, Dads Network, Moms Network, Religious Affiliations, Sustainable, Women, Women of Color, Women in Technology, and Faculty and Staff Associations.

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Vision Statement

The employee resource group exists to Connect, Support, Advocate, and Celebrate Creighton University employees of diverse backgrounds. The following are four strategic goals of Candles to be executed through programming and activities developed with tangible aims and measurable outcomes.


Establish an internal network for employees of diverse cultural backgrounds and their allies, aiming to reduce isolation, and create an inclusive space to celebrate and share experiences: New Member Programs, Maintaining Community Resources


Provide programming to foster personal and professional development towards increasing representation at all levels of the University: Coaching/Mentorship Programs, Invited Speaker Events & Workshops


Represent and advocate for employees of diverse cultural backgrounds at all levels of the University, including in support of the University’s efforts to attract and retain diverse talent: Work-Life Balance, Recruitment & Retention Strategies, Serving as Stewards of Anti-Racism Accountability


Highlight and recognize the work of our members, aimed at increasing visibility and promoting success: Employee Highlight/Awards
  • ERG participation is voluntary
  • All ERGs will be organized by Creighton University’s employees and are open to all Creighton University’s Faculty and Staff
  • ERGs will strive to provide mentorship to students in need as well to Faculty and Staff.
  • Professional and Community resources Support
  • Celebration among marginalize group
  • Become an Ally
  • Having and holding accountability across University

  • Sarah Walker, PhD
    • Vice President, Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Cesar Quezada
    • Associate Director, Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Binaya Joshi
    • Applications Administrator, Division of Student Life
  • Maya M. Khanna, PhD
    • Professor, Psycholoical Science
  • Sarika Griffin
    • Associate Director, Violence Intervention and Prevention Center
  • Lisa Chinn, PhD
    • Digital Scholarship Librarian, Creighton University Libraries and IDEA Hub
  • Joel Destino, PhD
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Kate Malott
    • Communications Specialist, University Communications and Marketing