Student Stories

Notre Dame endeavors to be a place where each student can grow individually in both mind and heart, and become a part of something larger than themselves. By celebrating the unique gifts each student brings to our shared community, student life is enriched immeasurably.

The stories below share just some of the ways Notre Dame students are celebrating and taking advantage of the wonderful diversity on our campus – through both scholarship and development and formation outside the classroom.

Book tells stories of African-Americans who integrated the University of Notre Dame

Kathryn Pitts

In a series of seventy-five essays, beginning with the first African-American to graduate from Notre Dame in 1947 to a member of the class of 2017 who also served as student body president, we can trace the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of the African-American experience at Notre Dame through seven decades.

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The globalization of a heart

Thomas Doran '19

Rome is the epicenter of the Catholic Church, but there is much more to the Eternal City than papal authority and Baroque architecture. It has many of the same problems that cities face the world over. East of the Vatican lies Termini railway station. Here, the train tracks end. So does the hope of the refugee.

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Notre Dame history and Africana studies alumna wins MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant

Josh Weinhold

Nikole Hannah-Jones, a 1998 Notre Dame graduate, has won a fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation — commonly known as a “Genius” Grant. Hannah-Jones, who majored in history and African American studies (now Africana studies), is an investigative reporter for The New York Times Magazine, covering issues of racial inequality, especially in education. 

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Notre Dame awards honorary monogram to Condoleezza Rice

Dennis Brown and Sean Carroll

“You represent the philosophy of our coach and this program so well," University Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick said of the women’s basketball team. "You said once, ‘We have to move past the idea that women can become leaders to the expectation that they will be leaders.’ That is what this program is built on and that...

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Keough School of Global Affairs opens at Notre Dame

Renée LaReau

Housed in the newly completed Jenkins Hall, the Keough School now enrolls 38 students in its new master of global affairs program. The students come from 21 countries and bring a wealth of professional experience in international development, education, peacebuilding, environmental conservation, human rights, humanitarian assistance, journalism and other fields.

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Street Law brings Notre Dame students to local high schools

Amanda Gray

Street Law started in 1972 in Washington, D.C., as a way to provide high school students with a basic legal background before graduation. Since then, the program has spread out across the nation and morphed into a facet of government or history courses, giving students the opportunity to examine the state of U.S. law and discuss with their classmates and law...

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Class of 2021: Intellectually and globally diverse, dedicated to service and leadership

Erin Blasko

A New York Times best-selling author. A Paralympic athlete. A national debate champion in India. The founder of a nonprofit that teaches Latin to inner-city students. These are just a few of the 2,052 students who comprise Notre Dame’s Class of 2021, an intellectually and globally diverse group and the first to feature more than 1,000 women.

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