Community Engagement and Outreach
We Serve With and For Others
As an integral part of a Jesuit, Catholic university education, the John P. Schlegel, SJ, Creighton Center for Service and Justice (SCSJ) awakens hearts and lives of solidarity to build a more just world. The SCSJ provides part of Creighton University’s overall contribution of 1.25 million hours of service in communities in all corners of the world every year.
- Since 1983 students have served and learned with community partners across the U.S.
- Over 375 students go on 50 trips during the fall and spring breaks
- 15,000 hours of service completed on trips in one year
Partners for SCSJ weekly service sites:
- Boys and Girls Club of The Midlands
- Completely Kids
- Lutheran Family Services
- Omaha Public Schools Migrant and Refugee Education
- Siena/Francis House
Social justice and Ignatian advocacy programming partners:
The Department of Residence Life at Creighton University has a long tradition of providing its students opportunities to serve the community through local organizations. Each residence hall partners with a local agency organization for weekly volunteer opportunities and fundraising efforts. Community partners include:
Creighton is partnering with the Seventy Five North Revitalization Corp. as a tenant in the Accelerator community center in the revitalized Highlander neighborhood of North Omaha.
Academic Service Learning
Academic service-learning is an experiential educational strategy that integrates community service into academic courses so that learning is enhanced and community partners receive concrete benefits. Students study, serve and reflect on their experience in order to deepen their appropriation of knowledge.
The Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER) is the catalyst for interprofessional education and practice for Creighton University and CHI Health, our primary academic health partner. CIPER is part of the Nexus Innovations Network supported by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education.
Financial Hope Collaborative
The Financial Hope Collaborative and its Financial Success Program, housed at the Heider College of Business, have been instrumental in helping many low- to moderate-income (LMI) families in the Omaha metropolitan area find financial stability.
The Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs Office (HS-MACA) at Creighton University is dedicated to developing culturally aware health care professionals and eliminating health disparities in underserved and diverse communities. We do this by bringing together education, community advocacy and research.
The Magis Clinic is a student-run, free clinic, open to all people. Inspired by Jesuit values, we are dedicated to providing quality and compassionate healthcare to the underserved in the Greater Omaha community. As part of Creighton University, we also work towards forming and educating students to be agents of change.
Project Homeless Connect Omaha
Project Homeless Connect is held in over 200 cities across the United States; however, Project Homeless Connect Omaha is the only engagement that utilizes a campus-to-community model focused on providing interprofessional care for people experiencing homelessness. This unique model has gained national and international attention. This one-day event serves individuals with health screenings and access to community resources in one convenient location on campus.