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 is also available to attend student club or organization meetings for those groups that would like to better understand or discuss the survey'sresults. Student clubs interested in inviting her (or another leader in the Division of Student Affairs) to their meetings should contact the Division of Student Affairs at 

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 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 will begin the week of Jan. 28, 2019 and will focus on the topics of race and ethnicity; gender relations; socioeconomic status; religious beliefs or practices; gender identity and sexual orientation; disabilities; citizenship; political views; and the graduate student experience.  

Sign up for one or more student-led focus groups here.

All participants will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card and free food will be served.

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.