Our Mission & Values


Our Mission

As an integral part of a Jesuit Catholic university education, the John P. Schlegel, SJ, Center for Service and Justice awakens hearts and lives of solidarity to build a more just world. The SCSJ seeks:

A. To involve students in direct service with persons who suffer and experience injustice in order to awaken the desire and develop the capacity to act with and on behalf of the poor and marginalized;

B. To promote and facilitate education and understanding of causes of domestic and international poverty and injustice and the moral obligations and principles for social and political action found in Catholic Social Teaching;

C. To promote student participation in advocating public policy and organizing on behalf of justice together with persons and groups locally and around the world active in bringing “the justice of the Gospel to society and culture” (Jesuit Social Apostolate mission statement, Rome 1998);

D. To form leaders for service and justice;

E. To promote and encourage the building of communities of faith, service, solidarity and justice while at Creighton and beyond.

Values and Assessment

Deliberative Reflection

University Learning Outcome: The Creighton graduate will demonstrate deliberative reflection for personal and professional formation.

Schlegel Center for Service and Justice (SCSJ) Goal: As part of the SCSJ Service & Justice Trips program, student participant and coordinators will demonstrate meaningful participation in reflection during their three preparation General Meetings, on four to eight nights during their trip, and at the reunion.

Objective: After their SCSJ Service & Justice Trip, each student participant or coordinator will identify one reflection method he/she participated in on his/her trip on his/her written evaluation.

Ignatian Values

University Learning Outcome: Ignatian values to include but not limited to a commitment to an exploration of faith and the promotion of justice.

SCSJ Goal: After completing a SCSJ Service and Justice Trip, students will embrace and show evidence of the call to ‘be a whole person of solidarity for the real world.’

Objectives:

  • After completing a SCSJ Service & Justice Trip, each group will identify one advocacy step they can take to remedy a social injustice they learned about on their trip.
  • After completing a SCSJ Service & Justice Trip, participants and coordinators will show solidarity and an on-going commitment to their community by indicating a desire to do more service during their undergraduate college experience. If students are on campus more than one semester after their trips, they will show an increase or deepening in their involvement in community service.
  • After completing a SCSJ Service & Justice Trip, participants and coordinators will continue to discern their life’s vocation (e.g. career choice or academic studies) in light of the needs of the world.
  • After completing a SCSJ Service & Justice Trip, participants and coordinators will show solidarity and an on-going commitment to their community by thinking and acting on behalf of social justice concerns.

Solidarity and Diversity

University Learning Outcome: Students will work across race, ethnicity, culture, gender, religion and sexual orientation.

SCSJ Goal: As part of the SCSJ Service & Justice Trips, student participants and coordinators will listen to stories from and work alongside persons who suffer injustice and marginalization (especially with those priority groups identified by the US Jesuits: forced migrants (refugees, migrant workers, undocumented immigrants), inner city populations (racial minorities, elderly, homeless, persistently poor), indigenous peoples, and the globally destitute (more than 800 million people who go to bed hungry each night).

Objective: After a SCSJ Service & Justice Trip, student participants and coordinators will identify one relationship with someone who they consider different from them (culturally or socio-economically).