Student Stories

Keough School’s McKenna Center launches new entrepreneurship programs to fight global poverty, underemployment

Renée LaReau

Two programs that help disadvantaged entrepreneurs in South Bend and South Africa now have a new home at the McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business, part of the Keough School of Global Affairs. The programs are directed by Michael Morris, professor of the practice, a scholar of entrepreneurship who joined the Keough School in August.

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Notre Dame International to celebrate International Education Week Nov. 18-22

Colleen Wilcox

Notre Dame International, with support from other campus departments and organizations, is celebrating International Education Week (IEW) from November 18-22. IEW is a national event coordinated by the U.S. Department of State and Department of Education to celebrate and promote global exchange between the United States and other countries.…

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Notre Dame diversity and inclusion conference to feature Robin DiAngelo, Rev. Joseph Brown, S.J.

Amanda Skofstad

The University of Notre Dame will host a one-day diversity and inclusion conference on Sept. 6 (Friday) for faculty, staff and students titled “Open Minds, Loving Hearts & an Engaged Community.” Events include keynote addresses by Robin DiAngelo, author of “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism,” and Rev. Joseph Brown, S.J., social activist, artist and professor...

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Student research aims to address wealth, health, and energy disparities

Brandi Klingerman

At the University of Notre Dame, the Energy and Sustainable Development with Design Research Lab looks at different ways to empower people from developing countries. Undergraduate students in the lab focus their research efforts on overcoming unreliable energy challenges, empowering sustainable development, and ethical commitments to equality through co-publishing and funding

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Japanese major’s study abroad and internship experiences help launch career as U.S. diplomat

Jack Rooney

Before Beth Gee ’10 studied abroad in Tokyo during her junior year, the Japanese and political science major had never left the United States. Now, as a U.S. foreign service officer, Gee travels for a living. She is currently working at the American Embassy in the Republic of the Congo — where she employs the language, communication, and critical thinking...

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From Hong Kong to South Bend: Celebrating differences and taking advantage of opportunities

Colleen Wilcox

James Luk ‘21 is an international student from Hong Kong majoring in political science with a minor in computing digital technologies. Luk is a Kellogg International Scholar, Notre Dame International Security Center Undergraduate Fellow, founder of the Hong Kong Student Association at Notre Dame, and previous student intern at Notre Dame International. 

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Department's math circles program stretches young brains in fun ways

Ashton Weber

Amanda Serenevy, Ph.D., executive director of the Riverbend Community Math Center, has committed herself to improving math accessibility through her work at Riverbend. She wants to empower all students, regardless of family income and background, so the center provides its unique STEM opportunities, including math circles, free of charge. 

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Pulte family’s $111 million partnership provides Notre Dame with resources to fight poverty

Dennis Brown

The University of Notre Dame has developed a variety of tools to address the problems of the poor and to develop and measure the impact of anti-poverty programs. Now, thanks to a $111 million partnership between the University and the Pulte Family Charitable Foundation — the largest of its kind at Notre Dame — the University is positioned to enhance...

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‘Ways of seeing and changing the world’: Gender Studies Program marks 30 years

Carrie Gates

Three decades after its founding, the Gender Studies Program is thriving, with more than 70 students currently pursuing gender studies majors, supplementary majors, and minors at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as more than 50 associated faculty across campus. Hundreds of students have found a home in the program over the years — including Sarah A. Mustillo ’96, the...

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