First-Generation Students

Creighton First: A program for new first-generation students

Students on the mall

Welcome to Creighton University and congratulations on the decision to continue your education here! Creighton First, the University’s first-generation student programs initiative, is here to support your transition; to promote the awareness of first-generation students, faculty, and staff; and provide programs that support your transition to college life.

To learn more about the resources that will be available to you throughout your college experience as a commuter student, click here

Creighton First Community Program 

Creighton First Communities are small groups of 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. You’ll find the opportunity to sign up for the program in your emails about orientation programming.

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 dropdown menu 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

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

Nicolae Roddy

Professor of Hebrew Bible, Old Testament
Undergraduate Field of Study: Religious Studies

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