Initiatives

To both advance and support increased diversity and inclusion in the Notre Dame community, the University invests in a range of initiatives and programming for students, faculty, and staff.

Below is a selection of new and ongoing activities. Whenever possible, links are provided for more information.

Faculty Initiatives

Moreau Faculty Development Fellowships

This Graduate School initiative seeks to increase the number of scholars who contribute to the intellectual vibrancy, cultural competency, and research excellence of Notre Dame. Recently, three of the program fellows were hired into tenure-track positions at the University. The program has also been expanded to fund the hiring of even more fellows in the future.

Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Faculty

Each college and school has identified a diversity and inclusion coordinator to assist its dean with monitoring its diversity and inclusion plan and to serve as a liaison to the director for academic diversity and inclusion in the Office of the Provost. The diversity and inclusion coordinators and the director for academic diversity and inclusion work collaboratively to support the recruitment goals of the department chairs and deans.

Director for Academic Diversity and Inclusion

Pamela Nolan Young was appointed Notre Dame’s first director for academic diversity and inclusion in 2016. Her work focuses on expanding the University’s diversity and inclusion training for faculty, with an eye toward enhancing Notre Dame's faculty climate and integrating such training into new faculty orientation. She also provides leadership to colleges and departments on implementation of diversity and inclusion initiatives, and she facilitates recruiting efforts for under-represented populations into faculty, postdoctoral and graduate student positions. 

Librarian-In-Residence Program

This two-year program recruits recent library school graduates who can enhance the diversity of the library science profession and the University while developing career interests in various aspects of academic librarianship.

University Committee on Women Faculty and Students (UCWFS)

The UCWFS considers policies, practices, and the general environment of the University as they relate to women faculty and students. The committee serves in an advisory capacity reporting to the president through the provost and may make recommendations for action to the president, or, as he directs, for action by the other officers of the University and the Academic Council.


Student Initiatives

Student Diversity and Inclusion 

The Notre Dame community embraces and celebrates every student who sets foot on our campus. It is our hope that all students will find respect, hospitality, and warmth at Our Lady’s University. The Division of Student Affairs is proud to support resources, programming, and initiatives that celebrate and promote our diverse community.

Advisory Committees for Student Climate 

Comprised of undergraduate and graduate student representatives, administrators, and faculty, the Advisory Committee for Student Climate Related to Race and Ethnicity and the Advisory Committee for Student Climate Related to LGBTQ Students are designed to offer input to the vice president for Student Affairs about the Notre Dame campus climate for students, especially related to topics around diversity and inclusion.

Student Recognition Awards

Office of Student Enrichment

The Office of Student Enrichment offers programming and potential resources for members of the Notre Dame community who identify with the first-generation college and/or low-income student experience. The department strives to serve all students including international, undocumented and DACA, transfer, and other non-traditional background students.

University Committee on Women Faculty and Students (UCWFS)

The UCWFS considers policies, practices, and the general environment of the University as they relate to women faculty and students. The committee serves in an advisory capacity reporting to the president through the provost and may make recommendations for action to the president, or, as he directs, for action by the other officers of the University and the Academic Council.

Residential Life Initiatives

Residence Hall Multicultural Commissioners include a representative from each hall on campus. Each commissioner’s role is to raise awareness about different cultures and traditions within their respective halls. Gender Relations Center Residence Hall Commissioners promote the mission of the GRC in various ways with their leadership and communication skills.


Staff Initiatives

ND Voice Survey and Upward Feedback Assessments

Diversity and inclusion questions have been added to both the ND Voice and Upward Feedback assessments to gather feedback from employees and assist with appropriate action planning aimed at addressing issues of diversity.

Director of Staff Diversity and Inclusion

Eric Love was hired in 2014 to serve as Notre Dame’s first director of staff diversity and inclusion. Among other responsibilities, he is responsible for developing new strategies for diversity and inclusion in concert with the work of the University’s Staff Diversity Subcommittee.

Staff Diversity Plans

Notre Dame’s executive vice president and his leadership team meet to review progress on diversity initiatives within their divisions. Goals for the three areas of focus in the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan (climate, recruiting/hiring, and training) are being developed and implemented.

Employee Resource Groups

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources, these groups support networking and provide social outlets; they also assist the University with recruitment, retention, and educational activities. Current groups include: 

Diversity Discussions

Designed to be participatory and highly interactive, the Discussion Series presents an opportunity for all Notre Dame staff to share experiences, learn from each other, and ultimately grow to make the University a more diverse and inclusive place where everyone can do their very best work. Visit hr.nd.edu for more information on this series, presented by the Office of Human Resources, the director of Staff Diversity and Inclusion, and Campus Dining. 

Office of Institutional Equity

The mission of the Office of Institutional Equity is to provide leadership and support to the Notre Dame community regarding principles of fair treatment and equal opportunity for all students, faculty, staff, and job applicants.


Inclusive Campus Survey

As a Catholic university and an institution that is part of the larger, global Church, the University of Notre Dame is deeply committed to ensuring students from all backgrounds can flourish.  

To better understand how we as an institution are doing at meeting this aspiration, in February 2018, the Division of Student Affairs, in consultation with numerous students, faculty, staff, and the Office of Strategic Planning & Institutional Research (OSPIR), administered a survey to assess the overall climate on campus related to diversity and inclusion. The survey was sent to all enrolled students (both undergraduate and post-baccalaureate), and 52% responded. 

Two documents sharing results of the survey are available for members of the Notre Dame community to download using their NetID and password:

Inclusive Campus Survey Report
(Includes responses to each quantitative question)

Qualitative Summary
(Includes themes from all write-in comments)

Inclusive Campus Student Survey Questions

Campus Community Presentations

Members of the community who wish to further understand the results of the survey are invited to attend one of two Campus Community Presentations led by Vice President for Student Affairs, Erin Hoffmann Harding. Vice President and Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, Laura Carlson, and Vice President and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Dean of the First Year of Studies, Rev. Hugh Page, are scheduled to attend one or both presentations as well.  

These presentations will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. in the Duncan Student Center Dahnke Ballroom.

Office Hours and Club Meeting Attendance

Open Office Hours will be held in the weeks following the Campus Community Presentations to provide students the opportunity to speak with key members of the administration face-to-face and share their ideas for how to make our campus a more inclusive place.

Hoffmann Harding will also make herself available to attend student club or organization meetings where students would like to better understand or discuss the survey’s results. 

Office Hour dates, times, and locations are as follows:

  • Thursday, Nov. 1, 12 – 2 p.m.
    Dooley Room, LaFortune Student Center
     
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Dooley Room, LaFortune Student Center
     
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, 5 – 7 p.m.
    W212A, Duncan Student Center
     
  • Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Scholars Lounge, Hesburgh Library

Student-led Focus Groups

Students will have an opportunity to discuss the results or suggest tangible actions and improvements the University can take to improve the campus climate at Notre Dame through student-led focus groups.

Focus groups are anticipated to begin the week of Jan. 21, 2019. Some groups will be general in nature, whereas others will focus specifically on the topics of race and ethnicity; sex; socioeconomic status; religious beliefs or practices; gender identity and sexual orientation; disabilities; citizenship; and political views.  

Following the focus groups, Hoffmann Harding, Carlson, and Page will meet with the student group facilitators to receive their compiled list of the most immediate student concerns and ideas for how to best move forward. Each unit can then take into consideration what actions they could commit to as a result of this extended campus conversation. Ideally, plans for new initiatives or efforts will be shared with the campus community at the end of the 2018-19 academic year.