Diego Gomez

Diego Gomez: 2021 Spirit of Creighton Award Honoree

Diego Gomez: 2021 Spirit of Creighton Award Honoree

As read by Creighton Provost Mardell Wilson, EdD, at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 15.

In 1949, Creighton University began the practice of conferring the Spirit of Creighton Award upon Creighton men and women who represent to an extraordinary degree the best qualities of Creighton’s founders.

Today, we honor Diego Gomez from the College of Arts and Sciences, and I invite him to please join Fr. Hendrickson on stage.

Diego, who comes to Creighton from Madrid, Spain, has impressed his professors as a young man possessed of many talents, of great academic aptitude, and a powerful work ethic that fuels not just his own academic career but which impels him to assist his fellow students.

He has embodied Creighton’s dual commitments to magis — to doing more and being more — as well as the principle of living as a person for others. His research into fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, his pursuit of justice, and his concern for the poor and marginalized here and abroad, reflect the highest traditions of Creighton University.

Diego has made an indelible mark on Creighton’s campus through leadership in undergraduate research, tutoring younger students and demonstrating a caring and compassionate nature since his arrival as a freshman. He has trained health care workers in the Dominican Republic, conducted research that has already resulted in five publications, and served as a junior editor for the Institute for Economic Inquiry.

He has tutored students in organic and general chemistry and served as a teaching assistant with Creighton’s EDGE program, assisting other undergraduates.

Diego was selected to participate in a prestigious National Institutes of Health research program, is a recipient of a Nebraskans for Research Future Scientist Award, volunteers at OneWorld Community Health Center – where his native Spanish proved an invaluable resource – is a Domestic Violence Hotline responder at the Women’s Center for Advancement, and even serves as a “rocker” at Children’s Hospital, where he soothes newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Diego’s professors describe him as “a humble leader with a heart of gold.”

For reflecting so diligently the traditions and aspirations of Creighton University, we are proud to confer the 2021 Spirit of Creighton Award upon Diego Gomez.