The University of Notre Dame promotes a spirit of diversity and inclusion through academic inquiry, and programs and opportunities that reflect our foundational belief in the dignity of all men and women.

We invite you to explore the stories and activities that bring life to this important aspect of Notre Dame.

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Walk the Walk Week

Walk the Walk Week

To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the University's president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and the President's Oversight Committee on Diversity have designated Jan. 18-22, 2016, as Walk the Walk Week.

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MLK ice sculpture

Next steps in our journey of purpose; beyond Walk the Walk Week

Cidni Sanders

What does it mean for the Notre Dame community — its students, faculty and staff — to be doers, not merely speakers or hearers, of the call to Walk the Walk? As the campus paused January 18-22 to reflect on the values central to the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the mission of the University, several speakers outlined possible next steps...

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Students and staff created a mosaic tribute for Walk the Walk Week

Students, staff pay tribute to two leaders in civil and human rights

More than 800 students and staff from the Notre Dame community took part in a project to recreate a photograph of former University President Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., standing arm-in-arm with Martin Luther King Jr.

The iconic image is a visible reminder of Notre Dame’s longtime involvement in the dialogue on civil and human rights. And now, a new...

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Candles line the base of the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue

Out of the Office: Remembering MLK

Kit Loughran '16

I stood outside Main Building just before midnight this past Sunday, shivering in the frigid snow, waiting for my candle to be lit. A classmate shared a light; I hurried through the door. A huge gust of below-freezing wind immediately blew out the flame.

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MLK Day 2016-Walk the Walk Week midnight prayer service

King Day prayer service honors the past, looks to Notre Dame’s future

Cidni Sanders

The midnight prayer service held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2016 was just as much about the historic actions of the slain civil rights leader as it was about the prospective actions of the Notre Dame students, faculty, staff and guests who gathered together.

More than 1,000 people attended the service at 12 a.m. on Monday, January 18,...

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University Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

Sacred Heart Jesus

"In our commitment to diversity, we hope to reflect a global Church that is richly diverse ethnically and culturally, yet bound together in a family extending across the whole of the earth."

– Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President

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The embarrassment of racism

Terry Fitzgibbons '04

Gathering with extended family or old friends often seems to churn up different versions of the same story. 

From the vantage point of the distant northern suburbs, our conversation dips down into Philadelphia: who lives there now, where someone else used to live, how this neighborhood has changed, how that neighborhood has changed back. “We grew up...

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Rahul Oka: Advocating for refugees in Kenya

Carol Bradley

Anthropologist Rahul Oka has been working with UNHCR and the World Bank on a new refugee camp being built, helping create a template for refugee resettlement. “All the data we’ve collected, both qualitative and quantitative, will inform the new camp. My job is not to tell them that they need a paradigm shift. My job is to make sure that...

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Spirt of Inclusion

"Consciously create an environment of mutual respect, hospitality and warmth in which none are strangers and all may flourish."

– Notre Dame Spirit of Inclusion Statement

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