Nov. 10, 2021

Nov. 10, 2021

Presidential message

I am so pleased to announce that we have named Sarah Walker, PhD, professor in the Heider College of Business, as vice president of the Division of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) at Creighton.

As many of you know, Dr. Walker has been serving in this role in an interim capacity since March, doing so exceptionally well. In just a short time, she has helped direct the critical and expansive campus climate survey effort, ensuring significant faculty, staff, and student participation, and has also worked extensively to organize and identify essential cornerstones and structure for EDI on Creighton’s campus. That includes important programming changes, including the addition of EDI activities as part of Creighton’s academic advising and orientation program for undergraduates. Dr. Walker is a thoughtful and demonstrated leader, and I am delighted that she has accepted the role full time. She will report directly to me.

Her credentials and experience are equally impressive. She graduated summa cum laude from Dillard University in New Orleans in 2003, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, before earning her doctoral degree in industrial-organizational psychology at Rice University in Houston in 2009. Her training in industrial-organizational psychology provides her specific expertise in diversity, recruitment, selection, training, testing, and measurement. While earning her PhD, she worked as a consultant for Valtera Corporation (now Corporate Executive Board) on projects related to personnel selection and training. 

Prior to joining Creighton University in 2018, Dr. Walker served as an associate professor in the Marilyn Davies College of Business at the University of Houston – Downtown (UHD) for 10 years. While at UHD, she co-authored two federally funded grants which resulted in $1.1 million. The federally funded grants were designed to increase opportunities for underrepresented minorities in graduate degree programs.  

Her research interests include examining the experiences of marginalized individuals (e.g., racio-ethnic minorities, pregnant women, LGBTQIA, older workers) at work, with a specific focus on individual and organizational-level strategies for creating more equitable workplaces. She remains an active researcher and has published in a variety of applied psychology and management journals throughout her career, including the Journal of Business and Psychology; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Industrial and Organizational Psychology Perspectives; and the Journal of Applied Psychology.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Walker on this fantastic opportunity to affect positive change at our University.

Sincerely,

Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD