The Common Home Project

In the last three years the Creighton Global Initiative (CGI) has bolstered the University's commitment to global learning by creating resources that offer opportunities for faculty, staff and students to embrace global perspectives.  Through philanthropic support it has animated a global focus for the Creighton University community, living out our mission to stimulate critical and creative thinking and provide ethical perspectives for dealing with an increasingly complex world.

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2016-2017 Projects

2017-2018 Projects

2018-2019 Projects

We are going deeper.

The Common Home Project is a University-wide program that captures the Creighton 150 Leading The Way Strategic Plan and the Creighton Global Initiative goals, augments the vision for inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our shared planet, and nurtures scholarship about urgent environmental, social and humanitarian challenges.

Creighton Global Initiative will be directed to collaborative programs between Creighton University and one or more Common Home Hub.  Such programs must:

  • Enhance student, faculty and staff sustainability skills and habits in pursuit of ecological justice as inseparable from social justice;
  • Support interdisciplinary scholarship on the intersections between Catholic Social Thought, humanitarian issues, and sustainable development;
  • Foster interdisciplinary application of this knowledge through projects that contribute to the sustainable, integral development of communities with a special emphasis on capacity building in partnership with and in service of marginalized and/or disenfranchised groups;
  • Foster whole institution approaches at all levels for integration of sustainable integral development priorities;
  • Contribute to one or more of the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The Common Home Project Hubs

North American Hub: Omaha, NE, U.S.A.

North American Hub: Omaha, NE, USA

Nearly 8% of Nebraska residents were born outside the United States, and about 4.4% are not US citizens. Many non-US born residents are refugees.  However, many residents born in the US live in the shadow on major global trends - past and future.  European colonizers took most of the lands that were once part of Native American nations, reducing that population to about 1%of Nebraska residents.  Many of the 5% of Black or African American residents can trace their roots to slavery just two or three generations ago.  Waves of Czech, Italian, Russian, Irish, Latin American and citizens of many other countries settled in Nebraska,making it a very diverse state.

That does not mean that there aren't significant needs in Nebraska.

Creighton University's Common Home Project will support global learning opportunities that help us understand how "the local is global, and the global is local."

To learn more about this and other Common Home Project hubs click HERE.

Caribbean Hub: The Dominican Republic

Caribbean Hub: The Dominican Republic

Our 45+ year history of engagement in the Dominican Republic through the Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC), the Encuentro Dominicano, and our local partner, the Centro de Educación para la Salud Integral (CESI) have laid the groundwork for engagement in more areas of sustainable development. The Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) is a private Catholic university with a main campus in Santiago de los Caballeros.Its mission is to "Seek scientific solutions to the challenges facing the Dominican people and their global environment, and train leading professionals, endowed with ethical, humanistic and Christian principles, necessary for the material and spiritual development of society, maintaining the character of open space for the free discussion of ideas."Recently we also began exploring the possibility of collaboration with the Instituto Politécnico Loyola (IPL), a Jesuit technical and professional education institution in San Cristobal. 

To learn more about this and other Common Home Project hubs click HERE.

South American Hub: Ecuador

SOuth American Hub: Ecuador

The Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador (PUCE) in the capital city of Quito, Ecuador, is a comprehensive Jesuit institution ranked as one of the leading universities in Latin America.  It is based on four principles that echo the priorities of The Common Home Project:  social impact, agile administration, sustainability, and holistic development of the human being.  PUCE is internationally recognized for its scientific output and the quality of its faculty and students.  Additionally, it is recognized as a networking university, serving as a frequent meeting convener for programs that attract participants form all other Jesuit universities in South America.  There is a wide variety of opportunities for collaboration.

PUCE has invited Creighton University to explore deeper involvement in their programs at the Yasuní Research Station, located in the Yasuní Forest Reserve in the Ecuadorean Amazon region.

To learn more about this and other Common Home Project hubs click HERE.

African Hub: Uganda

African Hub: Uganda

We are in the process of signing an agreement with Uganda Martyrs University. More information about this partnership will be added shortly.

A site visit is being planned for summer 2020.  If you are interested in helping with the exploration of this partnership, please contact Rene Padilla.

To learn more about tis and other Common Home Project hubs click HERE.

Indian Subcontinent Hub: India

Asia Subcontinent Hub: India

We have identified two Jesuit Universities in two cities which have several joint programs, but also have different emphases of interest to Creighton University.

St. Xavier's College (Autonomous) in Mumbai is committed to training for professional innovation, cultivating personal integration and advocating for social inclusion.  Considered one of the most important universities in India, it offers academic programs in the humanities and basic sciences. It boasts leading global scholars in eco-zoology, literary eco-criticism, and eco-psychology amongst its faculty.

St. Joseph's College (Autonomous) in Bangalore has a unique social integration program and is a leader in academic service-learning.  Their programs in commerce and social enterprise are of particular interest to Creighton University. They have a close connection with multiple NGOs and with a Center for Inter-Religious Dialogue, respected across India as a positive mediator between the large diversity of faiths and religions in that country.

To learn more about this and other Common Home Project hubs click HERE.

Southeast Asian Hub: The Philippines

East Asia Hub: The Philippines

We are in the process of seeking exploration of possibilities with Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, Philippines.

More details will be added once any agreement is finalized.

A visit is being planned to the Philippines in March 2020. If you are interested in helping explore this partnership, please contact Rene Padilla

To find out more about this and other Common Home Project hubs, click HERE.

How Can I Get Involved?

Find the UN SDG Goal and Target Framework HERE

Find information about each of our hub partners HERE

View information session schedule HERE

Complete the preliminary application FORM* HERE

Find the project proposal FORM* HERE

* FORM opens as an MSWord document.

Types of Projects / Programs

Curricular Offerings

These include short (less tan one semester) and medium (one semester) study opportunities that earn academic credit. The partner hub is responsible for managing the logistics for such experiences and in most circumstances, hub partner students will participate in these experiences alongside Creighton University students.

Short-term programs (i.e. Faculty Led Programs Away or FLPAs) may be led by Creighton University faculty and co-led by hub partner faculty. Because leaders at the hub partner institution are much more intimately linked to their communities, this model assures stronger experiential learning opportunities that are more relevant to the local context.  Additionally, this model reduces costs and mitigates risks.

Medium-term study abroad opportunities will be in the form of student exchanges.  Costs for each opportunity will be negotiated on a yearly basis.  Students interested in these opportunities should contact the Study Abroad team. 

Depending on the type of program and priority in the partnership, Common Home Project student scholarships funds may be available.

Co-Curricular Offerings

These include immersions, internships, service projects or conferences hosted by our hub partners.  These programs may be co-organized between institutions, but the hub partner will handle most of the logistics given their expertise in the local community.  These programs prioritize participation together of students and/or faculty from both institutions.

Because leaders at the hub partner institution are much more intimately linked to their communities, this model assures stronger experiential learning opportunities that are more relevant to the local context.  Additionally, this model reduces costs and mitigates risks.

Collaborative Research and other Scholarly Projects

Collaboration between scholars of each institution, enhancing their work with multidisciplinary and multicultural perspectives, and reducing duplication of resources in individual projects. Opportunity for multi-site research.

Generally the Common Home Project will provide seed funding for the first collaborative project.  The collaborating scholars must commit to pursue funding together for a subsequent project.

The Common Home Project's specialized grant-writer will provide significant assistance in identifying external grant opportunities, drafting and submitting the proposal, and managing the project if successfully funded.

These joint projects will be developed jointly with our hub partners.  Funding for exploratory visits will be available for projects that are of high priority for the hub partners.

Visiting Scholar Sponsorship

Support will be made available for individual projects through visits to each other?s institution to gain access to resources and opportunities otherwise not available at the home institution.  Partner hub institutions will assist in most logistics (finding housing, transportation, access to resources, etc.).  Financial arrangements will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Programs might include sabbatical research, visiting lectures, language study, etc.

Special Programs

Te Common Home Project will support other unique programs developed in collaboration with hub partners.  Such programs might include conferences, special meetings, exhibitions, staff exchanges, and so on.

The Common Home Project Air Travel Mitigation Fund

Because The Common Home Project has sustainability as a fundamental theme, it must include efforts to help Creighton University members recognize the challenges of climate change and make efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), especially those from business related travel.

See details for this VOLUNTARY program HERE