Justice and Peace Studies Program Welcomes New Director
Justice and Peace Studies Program Welcomes New Director

Dan DiLeo, PhD, joined the Department of Cultural and Social Studies this fall semester as assistant professor and director of the Justice and Peace Studies Program.

DiLeo received his BA in sociology from Cornell University and his master’s in theological studies and PhD in theological ethics from Boston College. DiLeo’s interest in Catholic social teaching and climate change has directly influenced the work he does outside of Creighton. Since 2009, DiLeo has worked as a consultant for Catholic Climate Covenant, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., that aims to inform and educate the public about Catholic teaching and climate change.

Teaching was not something DiLeo considered prior to his work experience with Catholic Climate Covenant.

“The academic part came about because of my interest in climate change and desire for a more solid theological grounding,” he says. “I also wanted to work with students, be involved in student formation and have meaningful experiences and conversations with students about a topic I’m so passionate about.”

Something for Everyone

As director of the Justice and Peace Studies (JPS) Program, DiLeo hopes to grow the program and increase its visibility among students and staff. Because the JPS Program offers a major, minor and five-year bachelor’s to master’s program, DiLeo believes it has something for everyone.

“JPS is not only a unique program nationally but also for the University because of its interdisciplinary nature. JPS gives students a grounding in theological ethics, social sciences and academic service learning in a way that allows them to distinctively live out the University’s Jesuit, Catholic mission of enacting faith that does justice,” DiLeo says.

Students from all academic backgrounds can benefit from this program. “No matter what students are interested in, I think this program — especially with the minor — can equip them to do that well, to live as women and men for and with others, and to work effectively from a faith based perspective,” DiLeo says

In addition, DiLeo plans to build relationships with on-campus partners — including the Schlegel Center for Service and Justice, Campus Ministry and Encuentro Dominicano — that share the mission and goals of the Justice and Peace Studies program. He also is excited to strengthen the existing relationship between the JPS Program and the Cortina living-learning community.  

To learn more about the Justice and Peace Studies Program, check out their social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and visit the JPS website.