Staff Stories

Notre Dame seeks to enhance our community by attracting employees from all walks of life. The work of maintaining and advancing our University requires individuals who approach challenges from unique perspectives borne of varied and nuanced personal experiences. Moreover, it requires learning from one another in an environment that welcomes open discussion and invites personal as well as professional growth in this area.

The stories below showcase the diversity of thought and experience of the people who work at Notre Dame.

Pamela Nolan Young: An emphasis on diversity and inclusion

Carol C. Bradley

Pamela Nolan Young, director for academic diversity and inclusion, joined the University in April 2016. It is a newly created role, the result of the work of the President’s Oversight Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and the emphasis President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., has placed on diversity since the committee was formed in 2013.

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Rapper engages in activism through music

Lucas Masin-Moyer, The Observer

From its roots in the Bronx in the 1970s til now, hip-hop and rap music has had its finger on the pulse of social issues in the United States. Monday night, in the Carey Auditorium of the Hesburgh Library, Aisha Fukushima, a “rap activist” or “RAPtivist,” explored the ability of hip-hop and rap to act as a catalyst for change. 

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Employee-led groups assist University in diversity recruitment, retention

Cidni Sanders

Employee resource groups (ERGs) are voluntary, employee-led groups created by a shared characteristic, interest or life experience. Three groups currently exist at Notre Dame: the Black Faculty and Staff Association, THRIVE! Women’s Leadership and Young Leaders of Notre Dame. A fourth group focusing on the Hispanic community just completed its charter and will soon begin accepting members. And work is...

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King Day prayer service, Walk the Walk Week events planned for campus community

Cidni Sanders

For the second consecutive year, the University invites students, faculty and staff to come together in January to commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrate the diversity of the campus community. On King Day, Monday, Jan. 16, there will be a Candlelight Prayer Service in the Main Building rotunda at 11 p.m. The event is open to...

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New program for inclusive education

Alliance for Catholic Education

The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) has established the Program for Inclusive Education, a range of educational opportunities aimed at supporting the needs of all learners that will welcome its first cohort of inclusive educators in the summer of 2017. PIE will directly address the need for inclusion in our nation’s Catholic schools, as more than 185,000 students are...

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Prayers for peace, justice and solidarity amid divisive time across the nation

Cidni Sanders

It may come as no surprise that, in times of division and frustration in the United States, members of the Notre Dame community choose to unite in prayer. Students, faculty, staff and community members were invited to attend two prayer vigils promoting peace, unity and understanding. “We come here today to pray and spread love. ...  WWe hope that love overcomes hate,...

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Grammy Award-winning singer Michelle Williams shares message of empowerment

Cidni Sanders

Michelle Williams, award-winning singer, actress and entrepreneur, has been underestimated before. But she has never let that stop her from believing in and achieving her dreams. Williams — widely known as being one-third of Destiny’s Child, one of the most successful female musical groups of all time — was the keynote speaker at a Lunch and Learn hosted by the...

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University community urged to consider ‘What’s Your Next Step?’ at second annual Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon

William G. Gilroy

Three thousand members of the University community gathered Monday (Jan. 23) to reflect on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and what they mean for America today in the midst of national division. The luncheon program featured a conversation with U.S Court of Appeals Judge Ann Claire Williams, a Notre Dame alumna and trustee.

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Father Jenkins reflects on past, present and future collaboration with Brazil in São Paulo speech

Notre Dame News

In a speech at the American Chamber of Commerce in São Paulo, Brazil, University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., discussed the importance of Catholic education in an era of corruption and injustice, the University’s vision for growth in the country and its research related to the Zika virus.

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