Our Stories

Notre Dame is committed to diversity in our University community because it is a moral and intellectual necessity. As a Catholic university, we at Notre Dame believe every human being possesses the dignity of being made in God’s image, and every culture reflects God’s grandeur. Diversity enriches our social interactions and intellectual lives by exposing all of us to approaches and frames of reference that challenge our unexamined assumptions.

Yet our coming together on campus is only the start; we must cultivate community among us if we are to harvest the benefits of diversity. By working together, we come to appreciate how the gifts of each individual enrich the lives of every individual and the community as a whole.

We hope through the stories we share below that you may better understand and appreciate the diversity we strive to foster among our students, faculty, and staff.

Internships in the Middle East and Washington, D.C., shape student’s career plan

Teagan Dillon

Notre Dame senior Sarah Tomas Morgan has always had an interest in global issues. And the College of Arts and Letters has enabled her to explore that passion through her coursework and a variety of international and internship experiences. Coming into her first year, Tomas Morgan intended on majoring in political science. But after completing a University Seminar in the Program...

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Michael Hagerty, '13 J.D., is fighting for unaccompanied immigrant children

Denise Wager

After his first year as a law student, Michael Hagerty, ’13 J.D., spent his summer hiking the desert trails of the U.S.-Mexico border. As a research assistant for Paolo Carozza, a Notre Dame Law professor and director of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Hagerty was trying to better understand the challenges of migrants and the governmental and societal...

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Diversity Workshop: Introduction to LGBTQ Identities

Anna McKeever

Presented by Julian Glover, an academic, activist and performer who graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and holds an MPA from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He has been published in the Harvard Kennedy School’s LGBTQ Policy Journal and recently published an article in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society about...

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