Student Stories

Abercrumbie and Morrow recognized as ACC UNITE Award recipients


JP Abercrumbie, executive associate athletics director of culture and engagement in the Athletics Department, and Justin Morrow, a 2009 Notre Dame alum and former Fighting Irish men’s soccer standout, are recent recipients of the 2023 ACC Unite Award, which was created to honor individuals affiliated with the league’s member institutions who have made an impact in the areas of racial and social...

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Law School veterans reflect on God, Country, Notre Dame

Libbey Detcher

Notre Dame Law School extends heartfelt gratitude to our faculty, staff, and students who have dedicated themselves in service to our country. In honor of Veterans Day, we are honored to showcase profiles of a few of these remarkable individuals. Each was invited to share their reflections on what "God, Country, Notre Dame" means to them.…

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Answering why: For Laura Burdick ’10, the question is not what you may think

Notre Dame Magazine

Considering everything that had already gone wrong that day, no one would have blamed Laura Burdick ’10 if she hadn’t followed through on her plans — particularly the risk she wanted to take.   This was Burdick’s first appearance in public in her motorized wheelchair, 10 months after the horrific accident that nearly killed her and left her mostly paralyzed....

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New Middle Eastern and North African studies minor explores vital region through interdisciplinary study

Mary Kinney

Because the region is constantly a part of public discourse, the goal of the MENA minor is to acquaint students with the region and learn about its history, cultures, and politics. This will make it possible for them to pursue advanced study at a later stage and utilize constructive skills to navigate future topics concerning the area.

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Fall 2023 update from the Office of Institutional Transformation

The 2023-2024 academic year has gotten off to a fantastic start. As we enter our second full academic year of operations, the Office of Institutional Transformation is firmly positioned to lead and catalyze Notre Dame’s efforts to enhance inclusive excellence as a premier global Catholic research University, fostering a culture of belonging where all can thrive.

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Notre Dame’s Eck Institute and Institute for Latino Studies professors partner to help students explore Hispanic/Latino health

Christine Grashorn

For the 2.2 million U.S. farm workers who identify as Hispanic, long working hours and rapidly changing climates are leading to serious health challenges. Efforts to address these health concerns often face additional obstacles such as limited options for care, language barriers, and financial instability.…

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MSM voice student wins first place in upper advanced classical category at National Association of Teachers of Singing student auditions


Soprano Uche Aghulor, a first-year student in the MSM voice studio, won first place in the Upper Advanced Classical category at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) student auditions. The auditions took place at Butler University in Indianapolis on November 4, 2023. Assisted by Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano Dror Baitel, Uche’s competition repertoire included works by Mozart,...

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Building connections, serving, and experiencing life-changing encounters in Sofia, Bulgaria

Anastasia Matuszak

Anastasia Matuszak ’24 is a studio art and psychology major with a minor in theology at the University of Notre Dame. During the summer of 2023, she traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, as part of the Serving (in) Europe program. This opportunity allowed her to volunteer with Caritas Sofia, which helps refugees, migrants, and asylum-seekers meet their holistic needs––physical, mental/emotional, social,...

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University’s TRIO programs join Enrollment Division


The University’s TRIO Programs have joined the Enrollment Division, as of July 1. Notre Dame has served as a host campus for TRIO since 1966. In that year, Rev. Ted Hesburgh, C.S.C., launched the University’s Upward Bound program, one of our nation’s oldest and most successful college preparatory programs. Upward Bound has provided intensive academic support and exposure to South...

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Foreign Language Teaching Assistant spotlight: Dayana Velasquez

Luke Van de Walle

Located north of Ecuador’s capital Quito, the region of Otavalo is home to rich indigenous cultures that are recognized globally for their iconic clothing, textiles, and handcrafts. Dayana Velasquez, 2023–2024 Quechua FLTA, is proud to represent her home and Otavaleña culture in South Bend, as it has held a deep significance throughout her life.

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Notre Dame workshop explores the connection between names and identity

Mary Hendriksen

FLTA Stuti Benal “Names are a very good beginning in efforts for inclusivity.” When Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Stuti Benal taught and took classes on Notre Dame’s campus last year, she found that administrators and her fellow FLTAs at the Center for Languages and Cultures, her academic home and a frequent collaborator with Notre Dame International, took time...

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Law School launches experiential learning program to serve parents of children with disabilities

Denise Wager

Notre Dame Law School is launching a new experiential learning program aimed at supporting parents in the wider South Bend, Indiana area as they advocate for services, accessibility, and accommodations required for their children diagnosed with physical and mental disabilities The program will also provide ND Law students the opportunity to work with families to ensure their child’s access to...

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Kellogg PhD affiliates develop program of Catholic leadership and service in Africa

Kellogg Institute for International Studies

“We have heard the long-expressed hope – spoken with great passion by popes, bishops, and other Church leaders, especially in the West – that the future of the Catholic Church is in Africa,” said Rev. Kenneth Amadi, a Kellogg doctoral student affiliate. “And so we started thinking about what we could do today to secure that future.”…

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A&L language majors, minors flip for fully funded Foreign Language Internship Program

Beth Staples

Victoria Gordon-Brown, a junior Italian and biochemistry major from London, studied climate change in Italy. Reid Ragsdale, a junior Spanish and Arts & Letters pre-health major from Nashville, Tennessee, interned with a physician in Costa Rica. Through the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures' inaugural Foreign Language Internship Program (FLIP), they and nine of their Notre Dame peers...

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Accessibility awareness

Office of Brand Content

Architecture students participated in an annual event where budding architects in their fourth year divide into groups for the morning and try to navigate campus using a wheelchair, crutches, or blindfolds. The purpose is to experience firsthand the challenges or ease of accessibility in the kinds of buildings they could soon be designing.

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The Interfaith Notre Dame Initiative participates in interfaith prayer service as part of Cultural Relations Week

Lestitian, Chloe

The Interfaith Notre Dame Initiative, a student initiative sponsored by the Ansari Institute, had the privilege of collaborating with Notre Dame Student Government and Campus Ministry for an interfaith prayer service. The service was hosted by the Student Government Department of Diversity and Inclusion: Race and Ethnicity, and it was the first event of Cultural Relations Week.…

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