Sept. 30, 2016

Friday, Sept. 30: President's Panel on Race Relations

Creighton University President, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ

As a University community, I desire for us to create greater sensitivity and understanding around current issues of U.S. race relations, including recognizing the personal impact of nationally publicized incidents of violence and death on our own faculty, staff, and students. Many of us are deeply impacted by recent problems in Charlotte, North Carolina and Tulsa, Oklahoma, but so many of us are also cognizant of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014, and a year ago, problems at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, and similar race-related incidents and problems in cities and on campuses around the nation.

In response to troubling current national issues; the University’s urban demographics; the needs and interests of our own campus community; the University’s diversity initiative; and my own desire to create constructive, instructive, and open dialogue around these issues, I am convening and hosting a President’s Panel on Race Relations for our campus community to be held on Tuesday, October 4, from 7:30-8:45 p.m. in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium in the Harper Center. 

The panel will include six members of the Creighton faculty representing a range of disciplines and perspectives. All have published and spoken extensively on the subjects of race and race relations.

  • Littleton Alston, associate professor of sculpture
  • Kevin Graham, PhD, associate professor of philosophy
  • Dawn Irlbeck, PhD, associate professor of sociology
  • Rebecca Murray, PhD, associate professor of cultural and social studies and assistant dean of social sciences and professions
  • Jeffrey Smith, PhD, associate professor of education
  • Palma Strand, JD, professor of law

I hope you will be able to join me and the panelists for this timely and informative conversation regarding an important topic facing our country at this time.


Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ