Creighton Global Initiative

Creighton Global Initiative

A Distinct Presidential Initiative

As one of Father Daniel Hendrickson’s first priorities of his new presidency, the Creighton Global Initiative seeks to animate, enrich and embrace an intentional global focus for the University community.

Creighton has a remarkable track record in global outreach and education. Many established programs offer service, research, internship and volunteer opportunities abroad. The Creighton Global Initiative will build upon current academic and institutional efforts and creatively envision and implement new ones.

Our Jesuit Inspiration

In the 16th century, St. Ignatius Loyola propelled the Jesuit Order to unprecedented international outreach, particularly in the work of education.

In recent years, the Superiors General of the Society of Jesus have reminded Jesuit educators of their responsibility to inspire students to reach beyond their boundaries in order to fulfill their potential. The Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., articulated the fundamental mission of Jesuit higher education as the service of faith and the promotion of justice, and he encouraged Jesuit colleges and universities to know and engage the uncomfortable realities of the world.  Recently, the Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., has challenged Jesuit higher education to network more creatively and substantively.

Global Opportunities for Our Community

Our Jesuit academic community demonstrates an impressive international presence, and we will expand our outreach with the Creighton Global Initiative Fund. With increased resources, Creighton University will strengthen the ideals of global citizenship by forming international relationships, engaging worldly crises, and building a better world.

2017 Creighton global initiative awards

Creighton Global Initiative (CGI) will allow faculty, staff and students to strengthen existing Creighton projects and programs. It will increase support for and build up the Global Engagement Office (GEO). CGI will create a funding pool, housed at the GEO, to which the Creighton community may apply for financial and departmental support.

Awards will be grants for projects including campus-based workshops, guest speakers, a lecture series, course development, recruitment, immersions and research initiatives. Proposals may be issue-specific, such as climate change, migration, or natural resources, or experiential, allowing participants to immerse more fully into international realities.

All campus constituents who have developed promising, globally related initiatives were invited to submit proposals. A campus committee comprised of faculty, staff and students, and chaired by the executive director of the GEO evaluated these proposals.

Review the 2017 Creighton Global Initiative Awards

2017 Committee Roster


Kimberley Begley, PharmD, RPH, associate professor, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Andrew Hogan, PhD, assistant professor, Department of History
Janee Gelineau-van Waes, PhD, associate professor, Department of Pharmacology
Betni Kalk, MFA, Department of Journalism, Media and Computing
Tom Kelly, PhD, professor, Department of Theology
Venkata Kolli, MBBS, Department of Psychiatry
James R. Martin Jr., PhD, assistant professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
Jeffrey Milewski, Instructor, Heider College of Business
Erika Moreno, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Political Science
Kristina Peterkin, MS, SLP-CCC, assistant professor, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Alice Smith, senior instructional designer, School of Medicine
Rick Witmer, PhD, associate professor, Department of Political Science
Carol Zuegner, PhD, associate professor, Department of Journalism, Media and Computing


Sheri Bacon, supply chain specialist, Purchasing
Emily Bauman, senior director of development, University Relations
Shawn Cook, director of student affairs, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Mary Duda, chemical coordinator, Environmental Health and Safety
Rachel Mabrey, alumni relations specialist, University Relations
Isaac Ortega, resident director, Residence Life


Evan Corkrean, Heider College of Business
Annie Culver, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Peter Goeckner, College of Arts and Sciences
Aaron Maan, Heider College of Business
Julia Neppel, College of Arts and Sciences
Jack Pitsor, College of Arts and Sciences


Konni Cawiezell, director of principal gifts, University Relations


René Padilla, PhD, vice provost for Global Engagement


Alanah Nantell, global programs associate
Susie Koutnik, administrative assistant, Creighton Global Initiative


Existing International Programs

  • International experiential learning in the Dominican Republic includes the semester-long Encuentro Dominicano.
  • The Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC), an Ignatian-inspired collaborative health care and educational organization, began in 1975.
  • Faculty-Led Programs Abroad (FLPA) offer summer courses all around the world.
  • East meets West at the on-campus Asian World Center, which has hosted more than 100 leading Asia scholars.
  • Project CURA provides health care information to low-income individuals and families in greater Omaha and eastern Nebraska year  round and dispatches Creighton medical students to serve in Ecuador, Peru, Guatemala, Romania and Ghana.
  • Scholar and student exchanges with China focus on enhancing rehabilitation care in that country and deepen global learning for students in the health sciences.
  • Collaborations with the government and educational institutions of Saudi Arabia bring students to practice emergency medical services in Omaha, and projects are unfolding in medicine and pharmacy.
  • Honors programs in China and Scotland permit Creighton’s top students to engage in extraordinary learning opportunities.

Mission and Vision


Centered on Creighton University’s commitment to advance global learning, Creighton Global Initiative creates resources that offer opportunities for faculty, staff and students to embrace global perspectives. Through philanthropic support, we will animate 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.


Creighton Global Initiative drives transformational learning exchanges through heightened relationships, experiences and perspectives embracing Jesuit higher education’s centuries-long tradition for building global networks. CGI celebrates and creatively extends the University’s presence on the global stage.