Staff Stories

Notre Dame seeks to enhance our community by attracting employees from all walks of life. The work of maintaining and advancing our University requires individuals who approach challenges from unique perspectives borne of varied and nuanced personal experiences. Moreover, it requires learning from one another in an environment that welcomes open discussion and invites personal as well as professional growth in this area.

The stories below showcase the diversity of thought and experience of the people who work at Notre Dame.

1968 Olympian and humanitarian to kick off Staff Diversity Speaker Series

Cidni Sanders

The image of track-and-field athlete John Carlos’ silent protest at the 1968 Olympics still speaks volumes five decades later. Carlos, who won bronze in the 200-meter sprint, stood on the Olympic podium that night in Mexico City, Mexico, with purpose in his heart. As the U.S. national anthem played, he bowed his head and thrust a gloved fist into the...

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Employee Resource Groups assist in diversity recruitment, retention

Cidni Sanders

Employee resource groups (ERGs) are voluntary, employee-led groups created by a shared characteristic, interest or life experience. Seven groups currently exist at Notre Dame: Adelante Hispanos, the Black Faculty and Staff Association, Notre Dame Staff of International Descent, Notre Dame Veterans Association, SPECTRUM (LGBTQ), THRIVE! Inspiring ND Women and Young Leaders of Notre Dame.   

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RCLC Shakespeare Company is featured in "What would you fight for?" video

Robinson Community Learning Center

The members of the Robinson Shakespeare Company range in age from 12 to 18. They come from different schools and different backgrounds, with different talents and different motivations. After months of preparation and anticipation, the group travels to England to perform Cymbeline and explore Shakespearean history in Stratford-upon-Avon and London.

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Powerless in Paradise: Visiting a recovering Puerto Rico

Sarah Cahalan

Notre Dame grad, Gilberto Marxuach-Torros ’88, was coordinating relief efforts through the Universidad del Sagrado Corazon, where he serves as president. I was there to spend a week with the university and its students, an experience that would lead to “Puerto Rico Rising,” a feature story in Notre Dame magazine’s winter issue. 

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Diversity Discussion and Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration

Anna McKeever

Fall 2017 Staff Diversity and Inclusion Discussion Series Participatory and highly interactive, this discussion series presents opportunities 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.…

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