Creighton Report on Justice
Inspired by the
National Conference on Justice
in Jesuit Higher Education
University of Santa Clara
to campus committed to implementing "the Kolvenbach vision" as fully as
possible. Toward that purpose, we have participated in (A) a follow-up
event and (B) a follow-up process.
A. We hosted
a public lecture by Father Paul Locatelli on "The Future of Justice Education
in Jesuit Higher Education" on October 30, 2000. Approximately 200 people
attended. The event was co-sponsored by the Justice and Peace Studies Program
in the College of Arts and Sciences as the Markoe-DePorres Social
Justice Lecture for 2000 and by the Offices of the President and of the
Vice President for Academic Affairs. It was also named a Jubilee 2000 event.
Fr. Locatelli also guest-taught two classes in advanced accounting, met
with deans and vice presidents, and conversed informally with our delegation.
then we have focused on dialogue with the president about how Creighton
will respond to the imperatives of the conference. This dialogue has taken
Shortly after the conference, our delegation met informally with Fr. Schlegel
to share our responses to the conference and to elicit his. We sought,
and received, a very general mandate to continue the work that began with
the university’s justice self-study, continued through the regional conference,
and culminated at the national conference. No specific action came of this
In response to an open request to the university community from Fr. Schlegel,
we commented in writing on a list of fifteen strategic planning priorities
he inherited from a process completed under his predecessor. We encouraged
an infusion of the perspective articulated in Fr. Kolvenbach's address
and commented on specific priorities in that light. According to the president's
Founders Week Convocation address on Feb. 6, five priorities have been
selected. They have not been publicized.
delegation met shortly afterwards to respond to the president's address.
That resulted in a letter to him outlining our concern that the commitment
to justice function as a foundational theme throughout the strategic planning
initiative he is now developing. We received a note from Fr. Schlegel on
February 27 indicating that our delegation would be represented on the
strategic planning committee at some level, perhaps as a subcommittee.
We are now waiting for further direction in this matter.
are in a time of transition with a new president, we are hopeful and uncertain
about the future direction of justice education at Creighton University.
We are hopeful because our delegation remains committed and the new administration
is open to these concerns. We are uncertain because we are still in the
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