2018 Projects

Creighton Global Initiative 2018-2019 Awards

A Distinct Presidential Initiative

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2018/2019 Opportunities

It's time to go deeper.

CGI projects are only one part of how Creighton University contributes to the Society of Jesus' global commitment that emphasizes the promotion of justice and the universal good as part of the service of faith.  CGI projects explore new ways to accompany the poor and excluded, promote education, and support a shift from what Pope Francis called "a globalization of indifference" to a globalization of siblinghood.   Thus, Creighton University has embraced the distinctive Jesuit focus on global learning that takes place not only "in" the world, but also "for" it, deepening our awareness of humanity as a single species sharing the same history and the same planet.

The latest round of CGI projects is intended to help learners imagine different futures and the roles they can play in creating a just and sustainable world.


Curriculum Integration Projects

Criteria and instructions to apply for this type of program are available HERE.

Academic Service-Learning Faculty Training Program

Project Leader:  Thomas Kelly, PhD
Project Team: Dan Walsh, MSW, MPA; Catherine Medici-Thiemann, PhD

Project Description:

Global learning is understood as the encounter with and exploration of interconnections between people, places, and ideas throughout the world.  This encounter asks us to observe the similarities and differences that exist today and relate them to our own (local) lives.  Global learning goes to the heart of what education in the Ignatian tradition id: educating learners to imagine different futures and the roles they can play in creating a more just and sustainable world. Consistent with our Catholic and Jesuit identity, people of the world who experience marginalization in any form will have special consideration within our global pursuits.

Because global learning is not an additional subject to be forced into an overcrowded curriculum, it can serve to help student develop "an integrating vision of the world" - one that emerges from the university's Catholic and Jesuit identity.  Academic Service-Learning is a significant pedagogy which embraces global learning locally, nationally and internationally to explore the "interconnections between people, places, and ideas throughout the world."  During the 2017-2018 academic year, the Office of Academic Service-Learning designated over 20 high quality courses and established a system capable of supporting faculty interested in utilizing this pedagogy.  To further integrate global learning into broader curricular themes within academic programs, the next phase of AcSL implementation requires a focused, intense training program for faculty.

This will be a 5-day training program for 10-12 faculty, occurring annually over 3 years.  This training will: 1) strategically recruit faculty who require more formation and orientation to academic service-learning pedagogy; 2) educate such faculty on service-learning theory and practice; 3) introduce such faculty to North and South Omaha community agencies with concrete possibilities for partnership illustrated and examined; and 4) result in course syllabi die prior to the beginning of the Fall 2018, 2019, and 2020 semesters.


Global Research Projects

Criteria and instructions to apply for this type of program are available HERE.

International Conference on Human Trafficking Research

Principal Investigator: Terry Clarke, PhD
Team: Crysta Price, PhD; Jennifer Bossard, PhD (Doan University)

Project Description:

The goal of the International Conference on Human Trafficking Research (ICHTR) is to establish an academic conference to serve as a forum for outstanding cross-disciplinary research in human trafficking. Our long-term intention is that the conference will lay the basis for the emergence of a professional association dedicated to the study of human trafficking. This will permit students, pursuing degrees up to and including the Ph.D., to more easily find employment focused on human trafficking research, and for academics to earn tenure. Such a professional association does not yet exist. Previous conferences on human trafficking have brought together academics, policy makers, and practitioners (service providers) in human trafficking. Our intent is to more purposefully focus on an academic conference with the intent to establish the basis for a multi-disciplinary academic professional association.

This conference will build on the success of Creighton?s Human Trafficking Initiative (HTI), in order to put in place a conference at Creighton University, May 28-30, 2019.  The conference will have an International impact and will focus on academic research. It will serve as a forum to gather researchers in academia, government, & non-profits from across the globe. It will create a sustainable, annual forum for outstanding cross-disciplinary research, addressing the full spectrum of issues related to human trafficking. It will encourage high quality research spanning a diverse set of perspectives, methods, & disciplines.

Development of Sustainable Partnerships in Professional Education and Practice for Health Sciences Students: Comprehensive Assessment of the China Honors Interprofessional program (CHIP)

Principal Investigator: Keli Mu, PhD, OTR/L
Co-Investigators: Yongyue Qui, PhD, Angela Patterson, OTD, OTR/L, Bobbi Greiner, OTD, OTR/L, and Margaret Schumacher, PT, DPT

Program Description:

The purpose of this study is to systematically assess the process, outcomes and impact of a collaborative international program in health science education and practice between Creighton University and its partner schools and hospitals in China. The China Honors Interprofessional Program (CHIP) was first initiated in 2008 for occupational therapy, physical therapy and nursing students.  Both Creighton University and its Chinese counterparts have devoted extensive time and effort on this partnership.  This study will assess the process, outcomes and impact of CHIP by examining the perceptions of our Chinese partner educators, practitioners and administrators that have participated in CHOP.  Findings will contribute to understanding the effectiveness of CHIP and to identifying opportunities for improvement.  Results may also provide opportunities for program expansion and contribute to possible curricular changes in health sciences schools for better preparation of students in cultural competence and global citizenship.

The project will use mixed research methodology to gain broad and in-depth perspectives of CHIP preparation, implementation and outcomes. Quantitatively, we plan to use a self-developed survey tool (Partner-Based Assessment of the China Honors Interprofessional Program Questionnaire) to collect demographic information and partner feedback regarding the importance, process and impact of CHIP.  Qualitatively, we plan to conduct focus groups to evaluate the nature and feasibility of CHIP as well as obtain suggestions for the program and priorities for future action.

Cultural Factors and Treatment Protocols Used in Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Dominican Republic

Principal Investigator: Michelle Messer, ORD, OTR/L
Co-Investigators: Katherine Lally, OTS, Noelia Villarroel, Jacquie Marte, MA

Project Description:

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 160 children around the world have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Due to the prevalence of this disorder, organizations such as WHO, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Autism Speaks have set goals to improve treatment. To better understand the current status of treatment for ASD globally, it is important to complete studies in countries where little is known about the diagnosis and treatment of this disorder. A literature search in appropriate databases revealed no published articles in peer reviewed journals on ASD treatment specifically in the Dominican Republic. However, articles were identified that assess the diagnosis and treatment of ASD in Jamaica as well as barriers to accurate diagnosis and affective treatment for the Latino community living in the U.S. There is a need for research to further understand the current treatment process at clinics in the DR to identify cultural differences and areas for cross-cultural collaboration.

Data collected from this study could assist in the treatment of this population both in the US and DR; resulting in improved child outcomes. Through working together with international partners, faculty, staff, and students, a culturally relevant research study will be conducted to understand cultural factors and treatment protocols used in services to children with ASD in the Dominican Republic and create an opportunity to make beneficial changes.

The purpose of this broad qualitative research study will be to identify cultural factors and treatment protocols contributing to ASD treatment in the Dominican Republic. The project will begin by developing culturally relevant interview guides to assess the perspectives of caregivers whose children are receiving autism treatment at CAID?s Santiago office and healthcare professionals providing services to children with ASD in the Dominican Republic. Interview guides will be reviewed by two expert panels and translated into Spanish to be used in semi-structured interviews with caregivers and a focus group with healthcare professionals. The study will involve any caregiver of a child 0-18 years of age receiving treatment for ASD at the Center for Integral Attention for Disability (CAID) and any healthcare professional at CAID with at least one child with ASD on their caseload. Information gathered from the focus group and interviews will be transcribed and coded using thematic analysis to identify primary trends in the treatment of children with ASD in the Dominican Republic.


Visiting International Scholars Awards

Criteria and instructions to apply for this type of program are available HERE.

Visit of Judge Dragoljub Popovic - Judge, European Court of Human Rights (Retired)

Sponsoring School:  School of Law
Sponsor:  Michael Kelly, JD, Interim Dean, School of Law
Program:  August 12-December 12, 2018

Judge Popovic is a former Ambassador of Serbia and Montenegro to Switzerland, a tenured professor of legal and constitutional history and comparative law in the Belgrade University School of Law.  His legal, judicial, and academic experience will enrich the Law School's international law concentration by providing perspective from another country and legal system.  He will teach International Human Rights and Comparative Government courses in the Law School during the Fall 2018 semester.  


Innovative Global Learning Programs

Criteria and instructions to apply for this type of program are available HERE.