"Evil is overcome only by good, hate by love, egoism by generosity. It is thus that we must sow justice in our world."
--Pedro Arrupe, S.J.
"We must therefore raise our Jesuit educational standard to educate the whole person of solidarity for the real world. Solidarity is learned through 'contact' rather than through 'concepts'. . . Personal involvement with innocent suffering, with the injustice others suffer, is the catalyst for solidarity which then gives rise to intellectual inquiry and moral reflection."
-- Jesuit Superior General
Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.
October 6, 2000.
Community service and social justice are a major focus of your educational enrichment at Creighton University.
If you choose, you can begin reaching out to others the first week you are on campus by connecting with the Creighton Center for Service and Justice located in the Harper Center, Room 2067. Call the office at 402-280-1290 or visit the Creighton Center for Service and Justice Website.
Here are some options available to you right away:
- Weekly Service Sites: Once a week, a Student Coordinator from the Center for Service and Justice takes a group of Creighton students to a community site. Five or six different sites are available each semester most days of the week. Perhaps you would enjoy tutoring, playing with children, teaching English as a Second Language or talking with guests at a homeless shelter. Van transportation is provided.
- Service & Justice Fair: Scheduled for the final Wednesday of August from 11a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Harper Center Ballroom. Over 70 community agencies will be represented. There you can check out volunteer opportunities up-close and personal.
- Habitat for Humanity: Creighton University boasts an incredibly vital Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter. Members work weekly on houses in the local community, run occasional "blitz builds" of sheds on campus and have built two complete homes in the neighborhood in the past three years! Check out the "Habitat" website to find out more.
- Service, Faith and Justice Representative: Each Residence Hall elects one Service, Faith and Justice Representative. This individual initiates and coordinates community service opportunities with their Residence Hall. Talk to your RA or your Residence Hall Assistant Director for details.
- Other student groups: You can also find other student groups to consider: Peace and Justice Cooperative, Amnesty International, CU Students for Life, Gay Straight Alliance, NAACP, Environmental Action Club, Eileen B. Lieben Center for Women and Alpha Phi Omega (Service Fraternity). These groups meet weekly and welcome your interest and energy. They sponsor awareness and action events on local and global issues such as sweatshops, hunger and homelessness, Latin American solidarity issues, environmental justice, women's issues, equality, worker rights and the death penalty. You can meet them and join a group at the Student Activities Involvement Fair scheduled for September 7th in the Student Center.
In addition, it's not too early to start thinking about a Fall and Spring Break Service Trips. Make a note to find out why Fall Break and Spring Break Service Trips are so popular. Attend the information night in the Harper Center scheduled for September (for Fall Break trips) or November (for Spring Break trips). For more information, visit the Creighton Center for Service and Justice website.
Since 1983, a team of committed students has led the preparation and coordination of service trips to as many as 30 locations around the country, ranging from Pine Ridge Reservation to Pascagoula, Mississippi; Chicago, Illinois to Chinle, Arizona. Hear what they say:
"It has changed my perception of what life should be about. Initially, I always asked, 'How far can I get?' instead of, 'What can I contribute?'"
-Chinle, Arizona trip participant
"This was such a great learning experience, not only in terms of learning about the poverty in the world, or about myself, but also in terms of getting closer to my fellow students and learning how to work as a group."
-Joliet, Illinois trip participant
"Through our discussions and first-hand involvement on this trip, I am recommitted to serving after college and working on social justice issues.
-St. Mary of the Woods participant
"I learned that I want to keep in contact with the poor and the marginalized, and how not to give in to feelings of helplessness and accept things the way they are."
-El Paso, Texas trip participant
Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC)
One of the most life changing experiences available to you at CU is the opportunity to spend some time studying and serving in the Dominican Republic.
Immersing yourself in another culture with people you may not otherwise have the opportunity to meet changes your perspective and broadens your horizons. You can choose to travel to the Dominican Republic for the summer or a semester to serve the Dominican people, and be transformed by their kindness and faith. Visit ILAC to learn more.