Train and Learn
As a university community committed to fostering diversity and inclusion, Notre Dame provides a number of educational and enrichment activities outside the classroom for faculty, students, and staff.
Below is a selection of training programs and learning opportunities. Whenever possible, links are provided for more information.
Initiative on Faculty Mentoring
The Office of the Provost sponsors faculty participation in the Faculty Success Program, a 15-week mentoring experience offered by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. The online program, facilitated by tenured faculty, is designed to equip faculty with the skills and strategies necessary to increase research productivity, promote effective time management, and maximize work-life balance. All full-time assistant and associate professors are eligible to apply; women and other minority applicants are especially encouraged.
Project on Inclusive Curriculum
The Office of the Provost, the Graduate School, and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning support faculty participation in the National Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) Project on Inclusive Curriculum. The SEED curriculum helps colleges embrace varied faculty, staff, and student experiences to help transform the diversity climate and offer a more inclusive educational experience. Participating faculty are, in turn, being asked to assist with a training model here at Notre Dame in order to expand the number of faculty engaged in these leadership development activities.
Academic Leadership Training
In 2015, senior academic leaders, including the provost, deans, department chairs, center/institute directors, associate provosts, and Notre Dame Research administrators, participated in diversity and inclusion training. The objectives of the workshop were to:
- Clarify the definition of and provide a framework for diversity and inclusion at Notre Dame;
- Increase awareness, sensitivity, and understanding of our own assumptions and unconscious biases;
- Increase understanding on how to build a welcoming environment for our students, faculty, and staff;
- Continue to generate engagement with and commitment to diversity and inclusion at Notre Dame.
The Office of the Provost and Notre Dame Research are now evaluating opportunities to extend this program to the broader University community.
Staff Multicultural Competencies Training
All vice presidents and senior leaders in the Office of the Executive Vice President are currently participating in training on cultural competency, micro aggressions, and benefits of diversity. To date, more than 400 new employees at the University have also participated in the multicultural competencies training during new hire onboarding. This training segment includes awareness, skills, knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs developed to interact with and better serve diverse populations. The University also offers a multi-day workshop on multicultural competencies that presents Notre Dame’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan; defines diversity, inclusion and multicultural competencies; and features interactive discussion on their benefits to Notre Dame.
Residential Life Staff Training
All residential staff—including rectors, assistant rectors, and resident assistants—participate in mandatory training related to topics of diversity and inclusion. Intensive training occurs prior to the start of each academic year and through in-services during the year.
Building Community the Notre Dame Way
All incoming first year students are required to participate in “Building Community the Notre Dame Way” programs over the summer prior to their arrival and through dedicated sessions over Welcome Weekend. Programs include online modules and assessments that cover topics such as appreciating the diverse individuals who make up our community, forming healthy relationships, being safe on and off campus, and providing information and prevention skills for high-risk topics.
The Moreau First Year Experience Course
A one-credit, graded course offered in both the fall and spring semesters, the Moreau First Year Experience Course integrates academic, cocurricular, and residential experiences of new students. The course, which is codirected by First Year of Studies and Student Affairs, assists students with the transition to Notre Dame as well as with development of lifelong habits of the mind and an engagement in faith, service, arts, wellness, and community. Outcomes of the course include assisting students in becoming aware of and engaging with diverse communities as well as helping students understand the complexity and expectations of the Notre Dame community.
Human Resources, Student Affairs, and Auxiliary Operations Food Services are partnering with INROADS, a nonprofit organization in Chicago that develops and places talented underserved youth in business and industry, and prepares them for corporate and community leadership. Notre Dame students are participating in the program through summer internships.
Hiring Game Changers Workshops
This recruiting workshop provides leadership and staff involved in hiring with a framework for using multicultural awareness, skills, and knowledge to reduce bias in the hiring process, from prospect identification and recruitment to interviews and onboarding. This workshop also provides a step-by-step road map for a departmental diversity recruiting plan, complete with resources and tips.
Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS)
This office works with students—as well as faculty and staff—to ensure that Notre Dame is a place where everyone can flourish. Among its many programs and University-wide activities, MSPS focuses, in particular, on offering multicultural students the tools to make the most of their college experience, and prepare for meaningful and rewarding careers.
Gender Relations Center
The Gender Relations Center offers events and programming designed to engage women and men in respectful dialogue and to help build a community that fully honors the human dignity of each person. The GRC promotes moral formation of students consistent with Catholic identity, mission, and values in an effort to create a healthy culture at the University of Notre Dame.
The Office of Campus Ministry offers many spiritual opportunities and multicultural resources for the campus community, including Masses, retreats, and fellowship groups.
Career Center Programs
Notre Dame’s Career Center is dedicated to providing support for students in the area of diversity and inclusion. The center staff includes a diversity and inclusion specialist who assists student clubs with career programming and workshops, advises employers on diversity-and-inclusion recruiting practices, and acts as a liaison between the Career Center and departments on campus dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion.