IFTJ Core Team Archive


Core Team

Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice and Ignatian Advocacy Team
2015 Student Leadership Team:

1. Bridget Carter
2. Erin Kurvers
3. Gwen McElhattan
4. Hannah Mullally
5. Rachael Schwartz
6. Joey Wichep
7. Ed Nuñez
8. Vinny Salazar
9. Bridget Stukel
10. Ellen Townley

IFTJ Core Team 2014

Catherine Keating

Graduate Assistant

Cat KeatingMambo! (Hello!) I am from St. Cloud, MN, grew up in a little family of four, and had the good fortune of coming to Creighton for undergraduate studies in 2006. I was very involved in the CCSJ during my entire Creighton career and worked as a student coordinator in the office during my senior year. I received my BA in Philosophy and Justice and Peace Studies in 2010. After graduation, I joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps for two years in Tanzania, East Africa. I taught in a primary school, lived in an intentional community, and learned quite a bit about the joys and challenges of being a guest in another culture. I returned in December of 2012, found my way back to Creighton, and am currently a graduate student with the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution. I am overjoyed to be returning to the CCSJ, an office and a community that was pivotal in my formation and has become quite a HOME for me. I enter this incredible opportunity to join the CCSJ team as a Graduate Assistant with immense gratitude and excitement for the coming two years!

Roselle Agdipa

Student Coordinator/Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Core Team

Roselle_Bio_PicHello! Hi there! My name is Roselle and I am a senior social work major with a public policy minor on the pre-law track. I come from half way across the country from San Jose, California, but that doesn’t phase me since I love traveling. I fell in love with the CCSJ before I was even a freshman, when I saw the large group of Creighton students at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice when I was a senior in high school. Although the Teach-In was not the only reason I choose to attend Creighton for college, it was definitely a huge factor. I’m very excited to work at the CCSJ again for my third year in a row. My last few years, I did weekly service at the Juan Diego Center and Children’s Square and it was definitely something that I enjoyed immensely. Through my few years at Creighton I’ve done the Service and Justice Trip to El Paso, TX, I’ve spent a summer in Washington D.C., interning for a congressman and I’ve gone to the Ignatian Family Teach-In three times, making this year my fifth Teach-In. I hope to see you sometime!


Anna Ferguson

Student Coordinator/Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Core Team

Anna_Bio_PicHi! My name is Anna Ferguson, I am a senior from Wheaton, IL, a suburb just west of Chicago, and I am a loyal Cubs fan. I am double-majoring in theology and journalism, which are two huge passions of mine: Writing and faith, what could be better? The oldest of six girls, I come from a lively family who instilled in me a desire to serve and learn as much as I can about the world around me. I first became involved with the CCSJ when I attend the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice my freshman year and since then, I’ve been hooked on what they do. Already excited bout doing service, it was an eye-opening and truly life-changing experience learning about how justice fits into service and faith through the IFTJ and my first Service & Justice Trip to Detroit during my freshman Spring Break. It was kind of a Matrix moment for me: once I found the CCSJ and learned about what they do, I couldn’t go back. It’s now my third year working in the office on the Communications Team and as the Co-chair of the IFTJ Core Team. I’m excited to be leading a Fall Break Service and Justice Trip to Wheeling, WV in October and to see what lies ahead for the rest of the year. I love reading, any kind of outdoor activity, and getting to know new people.

Victoria Acosta

Student Coordinator/Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Core Team

Victoria_Bio_PicMy name is Victoria Acosta I am originally from sunny San Diego, California. I came to Creighton back in 2012 and have loved it ever since. My first encounter with the CCSJ was Spring Break 2013. My original plans to go home fell through and the CCSJ was nice enough to send me on my first Service and Justice trip to Pilsen, a suburb near Chicago, and boy did it change my life forever. Since then I have been to El Paso and have coordinated a trip to Whipple House with the Daughters of Charity. All of my trips have had something to do with immigration and ESL education. Through the trips I have gained so much more of an appreciation for the opportunities I have here in the United States as well as a bigger idea of the situations and circumstance countless of families are experiencing. I will be working with the Ignatian Family Teach-In team and plan to continue my involvement with the local immigrant community as well as the CCSJ for as long as I can.


Rachael Schwartz

Student Coordinator/Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Core Team

RachaelSchwartz_Bio_PicHello! My name is Rachael and I am a nursing major and plan to minor in studio art here at Creighton. I came here from Cleveland, Ohio and love living in the Midwest. I grew up with two brothers who I played ice hockey with until college. I love singing in the candlelight choir, participating in biology club, volunteering with the CCSJ, and spending time with my roommate. Service has always been a really important part of my life and I am so excited to live that out with the help of the CCSJ. I have gone on the IFTJ and a health-focused Fall Break Service & Justice Trip to West Virginia so far. I absolutely LOVE traveling and am so excited to go on future Service and Justice Trips! Next year, I’ll be on the IFTJ planning team and I want to make the trip as awesome as ever. I’ll be in the office as well and I hope to see you!



Caryn Willems

Student Coordinator/Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Core Team


Aloha! My name is Caryn and I am not from Hawaii, but rather the close, neighboring state of Wisconsin. I am a philosophy and Spanish double-major, with minors in theology and justice and peace studies. With the help of those degrees I plan to do post-grad volunteering for three years. I am the baby of my family, with three older brothers. I also have two nephews, one niece, and a dog named Abby. My many hobbies including eating food, attempting to sing, long walks on the beach at arms distance from others, and quoting movies. During the Fall of 2012, I went to the Dominican Republic through Encuentro Dominicano. This was by far one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had throughout my time here at Creighton. I had done community service in high school, but never before had I thought about things like justice, solidarity, or sustainability. This trip led me to the Campus Ministry office, and ultimately the CCSJ. After wonderful experiences participating in weekly service, the IFTJ and a Service and Justice Trip, I applied to work in the office. I am so excited to continue weekly service, bad jokes, and my justice-loving ways in the CCSJ this year.



IFTJ Core Team 2012-2013

Roselle AgdipaHello there! I’m a Sophomore Social Work major with a Legal Studies minor on the Pre-Law track. I’m from half-way across the country, San Jose, California. This year I will be living in the Cortina community and will happily hike the stairs to the top floor as long as I get to experience the wonderfulness that is Cortina. I fell in love with the CCSJ before I was even a freshmen, when I saw the large group of Creighton students at IFTJ (Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice) when I was a senior in high school. Although the Teach-In was not the only reason I choose to attend Creighton for college, it is one of the reasons. I am so stoked to work at the CCSJ this year. Outside of the CCSJ you can see me walking backwards down the mall giving tours for Admissions or moving my hips with the Hui’ o Hawaii girls during the annual Lu’au. I absolutely love Creighton and am so excited to be a part of the CCSJ this year.

Anna FergusonHello, hello! My name is Anna Ferguson, I am a sophomore from Wheaton, IL, which is a suburb just West of the Windy City, and, yes, I am a PROUD Cubs fan! I am currently pursuing a double major in Theology and Journalism, which are two huge passions of mine. Writing and faith, what could be better? The oldest of six girls, I come from a lively family who instilled in me a desire to serve and learn as much as I can about the less fortunate around me. I was blessed with a very active and faithful youth group community throughout high school that continued to foster my passion for service to others. I spent five summers traveling with them to different cities within the U.S., doing mission work and growing in my faith. That experience, combined with the service work I dove into when I came to Creighton last year, led me to the CCSJ. Through the Freshman Leadership Program, the IFTJ trip, a Spring Break Service & Justice Trip in Detroit, and the Creighton Cleanup, my sense of service and, especially solidarity, deepened significantly. A life immersed in simplicity, service, and solidarity became my source of energy and meaning at Creighton, and the CCSJ was the perfect place to find that. I am excited to work on the Communications team and the IFTJ planning team this year and can’t wait to see how much I learn in that process! Along with service and writing, other passions of mine include reading, spending time with friends, and any outdoor activity, but most especially camping, hiking, and climbing. Future plans include studying in the Dominican Republic (hopefully) and continuing my summer job at The Pines Catholic Camp in Big Sandy, TX.

Michelle VillegasHola! I am a political science major from Chicago, IL with a passion for social justice. I first got involved with the CCSJ the first semester of my freshman year through the IFTJ trip to Washington D.C. IFTJ led me to become more involved in the office as a member of the Ignatian Advocacy Team and Immigration advocacy group. This summer I had the privilege of participating in an internship with Interfaith Worker Justice in Chicago with the support of the CCSJ. I am beyond excited to be working in the CCSJ this year and to continue to grow in and learn from our community.Aside from school, I love coffee shops, used book stores and chocolate. I enjoy reading classic novels and watching foreign films, and I am a huge fan of music, any and almost every genre. I tend to have a “half-glass full” view on things. I like to laugh, give hugs, and day-dream. I am excited to make new friends through the CCSJ, hear their stories, have new experiences and learn a little bit more about myself through all of it.

Bianca Jinete Mejia
Bio coming soon.

Past IFTJ Core Team

2010 IFTJ Core TeamStudents who have attended the IFTJ/SOA Vigil and are interested in the overall leadership and coordination of the Creighton IFTJ/SOA trip, are eligble to be part of the Core Team of six students who organizes, plans, and facilitates the trip.

If you are interested, please contact Maria Teresa Gaston.

The core team has four main responsibilities, planning the educational, spiritual, and logistical aspects of the trip, planning advocacy visits on Capitol Hill as well as serving as liaisons with the CCSJ, the Jesuit community, various Creighton departments, and the greater student body. Some of the activities that they plan are the information and educational meetings, the retreat prior to the trip, the send-off service, coordinating events in Washington, DC, and any follow-up activities. The core team meets regularly once a week during the semester.