I grew up in Massachusetts, am the son of a nurse and public middle school teacher, and am the youngest of four children with three older sisters. I attended the University of Notre Dame as an undergraduate where I first became immersed in experiences of service, faith and justice. After college I volunteered for a year with the Dominican Volunteers. I lived with Dominican priests while teaching at Hales Franciscan, an African American male high school on the South Side of Chicago. After three years at Hales, I joined campus ministry at Loyola University Chicago where I worked for seven years–mainly in service, faith, peace and justice work–while earning my Master of Divinity and Master of Pastoral Studies. I arrived at the SCSJ in August of 1999. I earned my Master of Business Administration while working at Creighton. My wife, Jennifer, is a Professor of Theology at College of St. Mary here in Omaha. We have two daughters: Maya was born in March of 1998, and Rosa was born in December of 1999. They are the joy of our lives. I consider my ministry of service, faith, justice, community, simplicity, sustainability, solidarity, reflection and Ignatian advocacy, in collaboration with our talented and committed SCSJ team, to be a gift and grace. Striving to live out a “faith that does justice” with students, community partners, staff, faculty, and alumni/ae fills my life with meaning.
I grew up in Papillion, NE. While I haven’t moved far from home, I have had many opportunities to live with and learn from various communities in El Salvador, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and on 6 domestic service trips. These experiences have been incredibly educational, inspirational and life changing- it is truly amazing how connected we are as a human family, how much we depend on and impact each other. After college I lived in an intentional community called the Namaste Community. My B.A. is in Justice Society and Spanish (Creighton ’06). My Masters is in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution with an international concentration through Creighton’s Werner Institute. I see my role and that of our office as bridge building. Away from the SCSJ I am an affiliate mediator with the Concord Center, visit immigrant detainees in Douglas County Corrections, help with Adult Education classes through Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim, and serve on the leadership board for Ixim: Spirit of Solidarity, a twinning relationship between Omaha and Huehuetengango, Guatemala. I am also an active member on Omaha Together One Community’s Just Immigration Action Team. I love connecting our students with these and many other great community partners.
I was born and raised in Northern Los Angeles but somehow made my way to Nebraska to attend school at Creighton. I graduated with a BA in Journalism and an MA in Ministry. Along the way I have volunteered with Amate House in Chicago – running an after-school program for at risk youth in McKinley Park – and worked in Campus Ministry at Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City. I have a keen appreciation for pancakes and smoothies, a passion for San Francisco sports, and a love of accompanying students as they live out the service of their faith in the quest for a more just world.
Program Manager for Local Community Engagement and Student Formation
I am originally from Kansas City, but thrilled to call Omaha my home again. I earned my B.A. in Justice and Society at Creighton University in 2011. While at Creighton I worked at the SCSJ, studied abroad in the Dominican Republic, and volunteered in the local Omaha community. After graduating, I was a post-graduate volunteer at Annunciation House, a shelter offering hospitality for immigrants on the US/Mexico border. Afterward, I worked for the Tahirih Justice Center, a non-profit in Houston, TX, providing holistic legal services to immigrant women fleeing violence. Most recently, I worked with diverse, low-income families and children, partnering with parents on early childhood education. I am passionate about building bridges for peace within our community and helping form leaders for justice. In my free time, I enjoy eating ice cream and going to the zoo with my husband and two children.
I grew up in Blair, Nebraska, about 45 minutes North from Creighton’s campus. I graduated from Creighton in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Justice and Society/Cultural Anthropology. Some of my most formative experiences came from involvement with the SCSJ – including Service and Justice trips, IFTJ, advocacy, and community immersions. These experiences stayed with me as I worked as a Pastoral Assistant for Stewardship and Outreach in a large parish outside of Seattle, WA. I loved working with the many great people in the community, and coordinating several community outreach and advocacy programs, which helped solidify my desire to work in ministry in the long run. I’m grateful to be back at Creighton, joining the Masters in Ministry program, and working for peace and justice as a Graduate Assistant with the SCSJ team.
Hi there! My name is Kristin Watt and I am originally from St. Louis, MO. I just graduated from Creighton this spring with my bachelor’s in Justice & Society and Spanish. I am currently in the 5-year bachelor’s to master’s program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, and will be working as a graduate assistant in the SCSJ while I complete this degree. I am passionate about working for justice because of the individuals that I have encountered and the stories I have heard. Nothing changes a person quite like an experience does. Through my experiences, I have become an advocate for criminal justice reform. My friends in the SCSJ and the office as a whole have been a huge part of my Creighton experience and words cannot express the gratitude I feel to be working as a part of this compassionate and motivated team for another year.
Volunteers & Student Staff