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.

Father Jenkins reflects on past, present and future collaboration with Brazil in São Paulo speech

Notre Dame News

In a speech at the American Chamber of Commerce in São Paulo, Brazil, University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., discussed the importance of Catholic education in an era of corruption and injustice, the University’s vision for growth in the country and its research related to the Zika virus.

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MLK Day — A time for reflection

Cidni Sanders

It will begin, fittingly, at the Hesburgh Library Reflecting Pool, a serene spot on campus designed to encourage serious thought and meditation. A midnight march will kick off the University’s celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I hope you will use this occasion to reflect on the values that are so central both to...

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Father Jenkins to receive Spirit of Francis Award from Catholic Extension

Michael O. Garvey

  University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., has been named the 2015 recipient of the Spirit of Francis National Award by Catholic Extension for his role in supporting and encouraging future leaders of the Catholic Church throughout his career at Notre Dame. Father Jenkins will receive the honor at a dinner and ceremony at the Metropolitan...

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Father Jenkins discusses the 2016 Laetare Medal and the common good

Notre Dame News

Watch video University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., in an interview with Nicolás Luco, columnist for one of Latin America’s leading dailies, El Mercurio of Chile, was asked about the “open gestures of dialogue” behind the selection of Vice President Joseph Biden and former Speaker John Boehner as the University’s Laetare medalists.

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The strength of leadership

Anthony DePalma

By any measure, Father Theodore M. Hesburgh’s influence on higher education — both during the 35 years he served as president of Notre Dame and over the many years after he retired — was oversized: broad, deep and enduring, touching everything from athletics and academics to the very essence of what makes a modern university, especially a modern Catholic university....

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Students, staff pay tribute to two leaders in civil and human rights

diversity.nd.edu

More than 800 students and staff from the Notre Dame community took part in a project to recreate a photograph of former University President Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., standing arm-in-arm with Martin Luther King Jr. The iconic image is a visible reminder of Notre Dame’s longtime involvement in the dialogue on civil and human rights. And now, a new generation of...

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Rev. Jenkins urges dialogue at Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education

Paul Browne

Invited by the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education to a meeting of Catholic educators from around the world at the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo near Rome, University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on Thursday (Nov. 19) cited Pope Francis and the late Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of Notre Dame, in urging that...

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Prayers for peace, justice and solidarity amid divisive time across the nation

Cidni Sanders

It may come as no surprise that, in times of division and frustration in the United States, members of the Notre Dame community choose to unite in prayer. Students, faculty, staff and community members were invited to attend two prayer vigils promoting peace, unity and understanding. “We come here today to pray and spread love. ...  WWe hope that love overcomes hate,...

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Grammy Award-winning singer Michelle Williams shares message of empowerment

Cidni Sanders

Michelle Williams, award-winning singer, actress and entrepreneur, has been underestimated before. But she has never let that stop her from believing in and achieving her dreams. Williams — widely known as being one-third of Destiny’s Child, one of the most successful female musical groups of all time — was the keynote speaker at a Lunch and Learn hosted by the...

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Robinson Community Learning Center celebrates 15th anniversary with ‘moments in time’

Monika Spalinski

Since its founding in 2001, the RCLC has grown to service more than 500 adult and student participants each week, and its outreach programs impact thousands of South Bend and Mishawaka youths each year. The center has more than 300 weekly college student volunteers who tutor and mentor the RCLC students, and many community volunteers who support the RCLC’s efforts....

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Next steps in our journey of purpose; beyond Walk the Walk Week

Cidni Sanders

What does it mean for the Notre Dame community — its students, faculty and staff — to be doers, not merely speakers or hearers, of the call to Walk the Walk? As the campus paused January 18-22 to reflect on the values central to the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the mission of the University, several speakers outlined possible next steps...

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King Day prayer service honors the past, looks to Notre Dame’s future

Cidni Sanders

The midnight prayer service held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2016 was just as much about the historic actions of the slain civil rights leader as it was about the prospective actions of the Notre Dame students, faculty, staff and guests who gathered together. More than 1,000 people attended the service at 12 a.m. on Monday, January 18, the...

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Marc Burdell named program director, Low Socioeconomic Status support

Ann Hastings

Burdell will oversee the creation of a student life enrichment program under the Fighting Irish Initiative, a groundbreaking initiative that will fully fund the cost for low-income students to attend Notre Dame — including tuition and fees, room and board, books, transportation and personal expenses. 

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Staff Literacy Program congratulates first graduates

Scott Palmer, Human Resources

Spring is graduation season, and the first-ever graduates of the Notre Dame Workplace Literacy Program celebrated on Thursday, May 7, with a ceremony of their own. While the program has enabled some non-native participants to read and write in English as a second language, others are native English speakers who have discovered reading and writing skills they didn’t know they...

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