Our Stories

Notre Dame is committed to diversity in our University community because it is a moral and intellectual necessity. As a Catholic university, we at Notre Dame believe every human being possesses the dignity of being made in God’s image, and every culture reflects God’s grandeur. Diversity enriches our social interactions and intellectual lives by exposing all of us to approaches and frames of reference that challenge our unexamined assumptions.

Yet our coming together on campus is only the start; we must cultivate community among us if we are to harvest the benefits of diversity. By working together, we come to appreciate how the gifts of each individual enrich the lives of every individual and the community as a whole.

We hope through the stories we share below that you may better understand and appreciate the diversity we strive to foster among our students, faculty, and staff.

Senior Alejandra Osorio aspires to be bilingual physician and public health leader

Oliver Ortega

Dressed as a bright orange carrot at the front of the grade school classroom, Alejandra Osorio would ask students to pick between her and their cupcake outfit-clad peer standing a few feet away. Almost unanimously, the students would choose her sweeter counterpart as their preferred snack. The scene repeated itself in classroom after classroom, in virtually all the schools the then-high...

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Statement from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on first anniversary of murder of George Floyd

Notre Dame News

“The brutal death of George Floyd a year ago today caused soul-searching not only among municipalities and how they police their citizens, but among us all, including Notre Dame. We continue to work to better achieve diversity, equity and inclusion across the University and foster an environment in which each person’s dignity is respected, community is cultivated and the evil...

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A conversation with Chris Temple

Natalie Davis Miller, NDWorks

Chris Temple has worked in the Office of the Registrar for 18 years. During that time, he spent 12 years working toward a doctoral degree. He adds this to his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Notre Dame and two master’s degrees (in science from Indiana University, and in history from Notre Dame). It is only fitting that an assistant registrar...

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Through economics, political science, and Latino studies, senior Diego Reynoso seeks to empower marginalized communities

Sophia Lauber

After growing up in a neighborhood where many of his friends didn’t make it to college, senior Diego Reynoso knows firsthand the challenges facing students in low-income communities. Now, as the second person in his family to graduate from college, Reynoso hopes to use his Notre Dame education to empower Latino communities and marginalized individuals. His time in the College of...

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