Student Stories

Notre Dame endeavors to be a place where each student can grow individually in both mind and heart, and become a part of something larger than themselves. By celebrating the unique gifts each student brings to our shared community, student life is enriched immeasurably.

The stories below share just some of the ways Notre Dame students are celebrating and taking advantage of the wonderful diversity on our campus – through both scholarship and development and formation outside the classroom.

University’s TRIO programs join Enrollment Division

NDWorks

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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Students recognized for their contributions to Latino Studies

Oliver Ortega

Each year, the Institute for Latino Studies recognizes exemplary work by undergraduate and graduate students in the humanities and social sciences. This past academic year, five students were recognized for their written work in classes related to Latino Studies or Spanish-speaking populations. Four graduate students and one undergraduate students were celebrated for their contributions.…

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Football weekend events center historic matchup with Tennessee State

Erin Blasko

Though distinct and celebrated universities in their own right, the values and histories of the University of Notre Dame and Tennessee State University align in many ways, including shared commitments to educational access and equity, civil rights, service and building community among students. That said, the two schools — one a leading Catholic research university, the other a historically Black...

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Shakespeare at Notre Dame to present ‘Hamlet 50/50,’ a new gender-balanced adaptation of the play

Carrie Gates

This week, the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival Professional Company will debut “Hamlet 50/50,” a world-premiere adaptation of the play focused on creating a more gender-balanced and equitable production model. “Hamlet 50/50” will be performed in the Patricia George Decio Theatre in the University’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center from Aug. 17 to 27.

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Michiana Community Health Coalition addresses health disparities in South Bend-Elkhart

Who has their finger on the pulse of public health? One could argue it’s community health workers (CHWs). Some CHWs work in clinics and others are mobile, moving through city neighborhoods and rural areas, sometimes going door to door or hosting resource tables at community events. The workers serve as a link between health and social services and people facing...

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History major and Latino Studies Scholar wins Fulbright to attend summer technology, innovation, and creativity institute in Scotland

Beth Staples

Connor Kaufmann was selected for the program based on academic excellence (3.7 minimum GPA), a focused application, extracurricular and community activities, ambassadorial skills, and a plan to give back to his home country. “I strongly felt that it would give me the opportunity to foster my creativity in a unique, robust, and international way,” he said. “This would, in turn,...

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Notre Dame Law School's Religious Liberty Clinic students help draft UK Parliamentary report on the state of religious liberty in Nepal

Arienne Calingo

A group of student fellows in Notre Dame Law School’s Religious Liberty Clinic worked with the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Freedom of Religion or Belief to draft a report that was submitted to the United Kingdom Parliament. This report aims to assist the Nepalese government in ensuring that religious freedom is fully respected throughout Nepal.…

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‘Powerful Conversations’ with TSU President Glenda Baskin Glover to explore race, gender and faith in leadership

Jessica Sieff

“Powerful Conversations,” a series hosted by Angela Logan, the St. Andre Bessette Academic Director of the Master of Nonprofit Administration Program and associate teaching professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, will explore the importance of race, gender and faith to the work of leadership. Logan’s first guest is Glenda Baskin Glover, president of Tennessee State...

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Witnessing the work of advancing gender equity and women's rights at Religions for Peace

Kelly Shinnick

This past semester, I was offered the opportunity to work with Religions for Peace through the Ansari Institute at Notre Dame. During my time with Religions for Peace, I was able to work with various staff members, but I primarily worked under Liliana Ashman, the Executive Officer and Special Assistant to the Secretary General. I contributed to various tasks, including...

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Global works of art from Notre Dame Crucifix Initiative to be displayed at The History Museum

Carrie Gates

Selected works of art from the Crucifix Initiative will be on display in an exhibit on view starting Thursday (Aug. 10) at The History Museum in South Bend, Indiana. Launched in 2019, the initiative seeks to highlight the globalism of Catholicism — and to represent the diversity and internationalism of the University and its community — by building and displaying...

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Notre Dame alumni assist with University-backed Habitat project

Erin Blasko

Kristen Cooper, wife of Notre Dame alumnus Christopher Cooper, participates in a Habitat Build on Turnock Street in South Bend, in the city's Northeast Neighborhood. Wanting to preserve access to affordable housing in South Bend, the University of Notre Dame in January partnered with Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County to build as many as seven new homes in...

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English language at ND: a bridge, a door, and a passion

Staff

The English language is a major lingua franca in today’s world–that is, a “bridge language” that two speakers of different languages can use to communicate with each other. For a variety of reasons, people from all across the world have chosen to devote their lives to studying English for themselves and teaching the language to others. One of those individuals...

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Notre Dame panel to shine light on current and historical significance of HBCUs

Jessica Sieff

When the University of Notre Dame hosts Tennessee State University (TSU) this weekend (Sept. 2), it will be the first time in program history the Irish will take to the field with a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). Several campus and community events are scheduled to commemorate the historic matchup — beginning with “The Historical and Current Significance of...

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