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Women’s Journey is a community of women of color at Creighton who meet monthly to discuss issues that impact them. Women’s Journey provides a framework for young women of color to increase their understanding and appreciation of the how culture, the American society, and family has a significant psychological and physiological impact on their lives. Learn more here.
The Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center offers advocacy to members of the Creighton community including assistance with on and off campus reporting, access to medical and counseling resources, assistance with classroom and housing accommodations, safety planning and other services.
If you become pregnant during your time as a Creighton University student, there are resources and staff available to you. It can be stressful to find a doctor, figure out childcare and work with professors on your academic course load, so working with Creighton staff can help. If you believe you have experienced discrimination based on your pregnancy status, please contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion at 402.280.3189 or titleix [at] creighton [dot] edu.
Important considerations during and after your pregnancy include:
Students are encouraged to meet with their instructors and with the Dean’s Office to discuss coursework extensions and create a plan for time away from school.
Undergraduate students are encouraged to discuss housing options with the Housing and Auxiliary Services team. The staff there is committed to your success, and will work with parenting students to find the best living/learning situation for each individual. Residential halls have limited availability, so please make contact as soon as you know you are expecting.
Having a child will bring financial changes to your life and it’s important to consider your financial aid, student employment and work study opportunities. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for assistance.
Additionally, DeanObenauer [at] creighton [dot] edu (Dean Obenauer) in the Office of Financial Aid is available to meet with students to discuss financial literacy.
Many undergraduates and low-income families qualify for Title XX (Nebraska Child Care Subsidy). Visit Nebraska DHHS online to learn more. The online assessment tool can also help you determine if you qualify for additional assistance with food, health care or housing. Additionally, some graduate students may qualify for child care loans, which can be discussed with the Office of Financial Aid.
When considering childcare, be sure to verify the license of the center or in-home care and find out if any complaints have been filed against them through the Department of Health and Human Services.
Also look for:
- Space—make sure there is adequate space for playing and sleeping separately.
- Quality of materials and furniture—not necessarily expensive, but durable, clean and with no sharp corners, choking hazards or fragile pieces.
- Cleanliness—spills should be cleaned soon after they occur, toys should be cleaned and disinfected regularly (preferably weekly; daily if touched by bodily fluids).
- Organized—children should have a regular routine that includes planned activities, quiet and noisy times, set meal times, and adequate time for rest/sleeping.
- Set guidance/discipline plan—caregivers should have information and training on handling behaviors and conflicts with children. Physical punishment or withholding food is NEVER acceptable in a daycare/childcare center.
- Comfortable sleep space—babies should be laid to rest on their backs in a crib and nothing should be in the crib with them (blankets should be tucked into mattress until the baby can roll over). Toddlers and preschoolers should have a quiet low lit space to sleep (at least 30 minutes/day).
- Healthy foods/positive meal times—preferably part of USDA food plan (CACFP), at least menu balanced in food groups. Caregivers should encourage, not force food choices.
Expecting a child while in school can be stressful. The Center for Health and Counseling is available to help. Student Counseling Services offers free counseling sessions to Creighton students in a confidential environment.