The Cortina Community at Creighton University was established in 2003 and is rooted in the Ignatian tradition of the service of faith and the promotion of justice. The mission is to “educate the whole person in solidarity of the real world.” It enables students to call each other to live authentic lives of faith and be women and men for and with others. The program is named after the late, Jon Cortina, SJ. Father Cortina taught engineering at the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), a Jesuit University in San Salvador, El Salvador.
The Cortina Community is comprised of a live-in group of sophomore students and live-out juniors and seniors serving in leadership roles for the community. Cotina welcomes students of all faith traditions. Its vision is inspired by Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, who challenged us to rais our Jesuit educational standard to “educate the whole person of solidarity for the real world.” The Cortina Community seeks to enable students to call each other to live authentic lives and to be men and women for and with others.
Today, the Cortina Community is a collaborative program supported by the Department of Residential Life, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Schlegel Center for Service and Justice. The Cortina Community’s mission is to prepare students to connect their passion for justice with their future goals by challenging them to investigate social inequalities and difficult realities through the integration of discernment, service, examination of faith, purposeful learning, and living in community.