Creighton First

Resources and support for first-generation students

First generation students
Resources and support for first-generation students

Creighton defines a first-generation student as a student whose parents or guardians did not obtain a four-year degree from a college or university.

Creighton First programs provide guidance for life as a college student and a close community of peers for support as you navigate the college world. 

At Summer Preview you’ll get to know other students embarking on the college journey. Through Creighton First Communities you’ll have a core group of peers throughout your experience. And throughout the year, look for Creighton First workshops, networking events, celebrations, and more.

Creighton First Community Program 

Creighton First Communities are groups of 3-5 first-generation students. You’ll be connected with your community as soon as you arrive! Each community will consist of a Community Advisor, a current Creighton student who is also first-generation. If you’re interested in participating, please fill out this survey

First-Generation Resources 

Offices around Creighton’s campus are available to support you throughout your college experience. Whether you’re seeking from academics to involvement to managing finances, check out the resources below.

Campus Resources


Academic Resources

  • The Creighton EDGE is a one-stop-shop for academic coaching, tutoring, career advice, and pre-professional advising. 
  • The Dean’s Office of your college is a great place to seek out additional academic resources. Don’t be afraid to approach faculty with any questions you may have. 
    (Arts & Sciences | Business | Nursing)

Engagement Resources

  • The Creighton Comprehensive Student Record (CCSR) is a co-curricular transcript that depicts a student’s holistic experience at Creighton. While academic transcripts tell the student’s academic story, the CCSR will provide additional information about a student’s entire experience and skills obtained while at Creighton
  • The Student Leadership and Involvement Center (SLIC) houses the Creighton Student’s Union, 250+ clubs and organizations, fraternity and sorority life, new student orientation, and more.
  • The Creighton Intercultural Center supports students through advocacy, leadership development, academic support, activities and mentorship.
  • The Department of Residential Life provides engaging activities, new connections, and opportunities for personal growth. Connect with your RD or RA to learn about what’s happening in your hall.

Financial Resources

  • The Student Employment Office connects students to employment opportunities on campus. Visit to learn more about where you can find a job.
  • The Office of Financial Aid coordinates aid opportunities for all of Creighton’s four undergraduate and five graduate/professional schools/colleges.
  • The US Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid resources explain the various types of aid and give tips for repaying your loans. Here, you can create an account to track your borrowing.
  • The FAFSA is how you qualify for federal financial aid, so be sure to fill it out each year. Examples of federal aid include Pell Grants, Federal Direct and Federal Indirect Loans, and Federal Work-Study.

Wellness Resources



    First-Generation Faculty and Staff Spotlight

    Creighton has a number of incredible faculty and staff on campus who are available to support your transition. To learn more about which Creighton faculty or staff are first-generation, check out the list below.

    First-Generation Faculty and Staff

    Anthony Calcagno

    Resident Director
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Psychology and Communications


    Audel Salazar

    Instructional Designer​
    Undergraduate Field of Study: History and Asian Studies


    Becky Nickerson

    Director, Creighton Intercultural Center
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Social Work


    Bianca Jinete Mejía

    Institutional & Research Decision Specialist​
    Undergraduate Field of Study: International Relations, Research Design & Analysis


    Binaya Joshi

    Application Administrator, Division of Student Life
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Computer Science and Mathematics


    Brittany Planos

    Assistant Director for Recruitment & Assessment, TRIO Student Support Services
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Middle Grades Education


    Carol Lomneth

    Professor/Chair, Department of Medical Education​
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Biology


    Cedora Barnett

    Assistant Director for Retention and Identity Development​
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Native American Studies and History


    Desiree Nownes

    Senior Director, Office of Community Standards and Wellbeing
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Criminal Justice and Sociology


    Christine Young, MSN, RN, CNL

    Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Nursing


    Don Lux

    Assistant Professor of Practice​
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Accounting and MIS


    Janique Hayes

    Administrative Coordinator, Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion and Division of Mission & Ministry
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Community Health Education


    Jennifer Peter

    Director, Student Counseling Services
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Psychology


    Jim Zboja

    Associate Professor of Marketing
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Marketing/Business Administration, Psychology


    Joel Destino

    Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Chemistry and History


    Krystal Rice

    Director, TRIO Student Support Services​
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Journalism and Mass Communication


    Linda Dunn

    Assistant Director for Pre-Health Advising​
    Undergraduate Field of Study: English


    Lucas Novotny

    Senior Director, Housing & Auxiliary Services
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Business Administration


    Mary Ann Tietjen

    Associate Director for Student Retention
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Spanish, Journalism (Graduate: Education)


    Mary Chase

    Vice Provost for Enrollment​
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Business Administration


    Megan Mankerian-Stem

    Director of International Enrollment​
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Marketing and International Development, South Asian Studies


    Robby Francis

    Director, Campus Ministry
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Philosophy


    Sabrina Danielsen

    Assistant Professor in Sociology​
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Sociology and Anthropology


    Stephanie Matthews

    Research Supervisor, Pharmacology Department​
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Psychology and Zoology, African Studies


    Tim Bastian

    Economics Instructor​
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Computer Science and Quantitative Business Analysis


    Tracy Neal Leavelle

    Director, Kingfisher Institute for Liberal Arts and Professions​
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Anthropology and Native American Studies


    Zachary Smith

    Associate Professor of Theology​
    Undergraduate Field of Study: Philosophy