Nov. 14, 2016

Nov. 14, 2016: A Spirit of Inclusiveness and Respect

Creighton University President, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ

Respecting and promoting the dignity of all persons is a core value at Creighton University. As a welcoming community of faculty, staff, and students, we are called to appreciate the unique talents, gifts, cultures, beliefs, and backgrounds each of us brings to this campus.

That spirit of inclusiveness and respect is particularly critical in today’s political climate, especially with the divisiveness and negative rhetoric experienced in our recent election season. We must support each other at this time, and express solidarity with all groups and individuals who may fear for the future. Above all, we must not lose sight of our commitment to the greater good, to our collective commitment to the improvement of our society and our world.

We have a wonderful opportunity to come together in solidarity for all here at Creighton as we celebrate women and men whose lives bear witness to the basic tenets of human goodness and dignity, with the hosting of the Opus Prize this week. We especially encourage you to participate in the Interfaith Prayer Service on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in St. John’s Church. You can find more details about the events for the week at creighton.edu/opus-prize.

It occurs to us that this is a moment whereby we can fully embrace our Catholic, Jesuit mission, letting our campus serve as a model for thoughtfulness, inquiry, reflection, and open and respectful dialogue on the important issues facing our community, nation, and world. Let us reach out to others, and try to understand each other’s stories. We are heartened by campus events such as the recent Diwali Dhaamal night, the festival of lights, which attracted a number of students on Saturday night.

To be sure, bullying, taunting, or harassing actions will not be accepted on this campus. Resources are available on campus for students who feel they are the victims of such actions, including the Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center. Students can also take advantage of the student counseling services, as well as the support of Campus Ministry. Resources are also available for faculty and staff, including the Employee Assistance Program through Human Resources.

Let us as individuals and as a University be animated by our Mission Statement, which states that “the inalienable worth of each individual and appreciation of ethnic and cultural diversity are core values of Creighton.”

Yours in Peace,

Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ
President

Thomas Murray, PhD
Interim Provost

Eileen Burke-Sullivan, STD
Vice Provost for University Mission and Ministry

Tanya Winegard, PhD
Vice Provost for Student Life