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.

Sister Rosemary Connelly to receive 2023 Laetare Medal

Carrie Gates

Sister Rosemary Connelly, R.S.M., former executive director of Misericordia and lifelong advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities, will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2023 Laetare Medal — the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics — at Notre Dame’s 178th University Commencement Ceremony on May 21 (Sunday).

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Myla Leguro to receive 2023 Kroc Institute Distinguished Alumni Award

Lisa Gallagher

Myla Leguro, M.A. ‘10, has been selected to receive the Kroc Institute’s 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award, an annual honor that showcases Notre Dame peace studies graduates whose careers and lives exemplify the ideas of international peacebuilding.  Leguro will receive this prestigious award in person on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 4 p.m., and offer a presentation, “Harnessing the Power of...

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Foreign Language Teaching Assistant spotlight: Caroline Kipruto

Luke Van de Walle

Kenyan native and Swahili Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Caroline Jepchumba Kipruto is an exemplary representative of her community, Eldoret. Located in the western region of Kenya near the Great Rift Valley, Eldoret is famous for a large number of world-class track and field athletes like Eliud Kipchoge who is Olympic champion is marathon runner and world record…

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Transformational Leaders Program aims to help students reach their goals while staying healthy, grounded and connected

Chloe McCotter

Developed to invest in students as the University of Notre Dame’s most important and precious resource, while acknowledging that not all students come to higher education with the same preparation or resources, Notre Dame’s Transformational Leaders Program (TLP) provides students with access to mentoring, education and outreach specialists, community-building activities, a dedicated gathering and study space and other academic resources. 

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Notre Dame English professor Dionne Irving Bremyer named finalist for PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Josh Weinhold

Dionne Irving Bremyer, an associate professor of English at Notre Dame, has been named a finalist for the 2023 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the country’s most prestigious peer-juried prize for novels and short stories. The honor is for Irving Bremyer’s short story collection The Islands, which follows the lives of Jamaican women — immigrants or the descendants of immigrants —...

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FirstGen@ND: Carlos Flores '23, Architecture Major and Varsity Cheerleader

Shannon Rooney

For Carlos Flores '23, choosing a major was tough. He started out at Notre Dame as an engineering major, but upon taking an architecture elective, he discovered that he liked both engineering and architecture equally.  Luckily, he had some help from a mentor back home in Oklahoma, who told him to choose the major that he thought would provide him...

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FirstGen@ND: Daniel Lapsley, professor of psychology and ACE collegiate professor

Shannon Rooney

Notre Dame Professor of Psychology Daniel Lapsley uses the word “naive” to describe himself as a young student approaching his college years. He grew up with five siblings near Pittsburgh. His father was a steel worker and his mother was a homemaker. Neither of Lapsley’s parents had been to college, but he knew he wanted to go. …

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Notre Dame joins with Habitat for Humanity to increase access to affordable housing close to campus

Erin Blasko

The University of Notre Dame is joining with Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County to build as many as seven new homes over the next five years, all in or near the increasingly popular Northeast Neighborhood south of campus, walking distance to downtown, the East Bank and Eddy Street Commons.

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FirstGen@ND: Tavin Martin ’25

Shannon Rooney

As a first-generation college student, Tavin Martin ’25 faced a lack of knowledge and resources when it came to applying to college.  A high-achieving student, she knew she was headed toward higher education, but neither of her parents had been through the college application process. Though her older brother went to college, he went to a local college and the...

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Transformational Leaders Program: Staff and faculty shape student experience through personal accompaniment

It’s a wide-open room, filled with study tables and comfy chairs with colorful pillows. There are snacks in baskets beneath inspirational signs and plenty of outlets for phone and laptop charging. The wall art is eclectic, yet intentional— chosen to represent diverse cultures and the beauty of the human race. A local coffee shop? That’s not far off, at least...

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ND Law alumnus Pier Pigozzi ’10 LL.M., ’20 J.S.D. nominated to serve on Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Kevin Allen

The Republic of Ecuador has nominated Notre Dame Law School alumnus Pier Pigozzi ’10 LL.M., ’20 J.S.D. to serve on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The commission is affiliated with the Organization of American States and headquartered in Washington, D.C. Its members meet several times a year to examine allegations of human rights violations in North America, South America,...

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The Latina/o Studies Association Holds its Biennial Conference at Notre Dame, Looks Toward the Future

Oliver Ortega

  After two years of delay, the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame hosted a gathering this past summer for one of the most important academic organizations in ethnic studies. Hundreds of scholars and artists flocked to the Duncan Student Center over the course of four days in July to attend the Latina/o Studies Association's biennial...

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Graduate student Ornella Joseph speaks about lead test kits for Walk the Walk Week

Rebecca Hicks

Ornella Joseph, a fourth-year chemistry graduate student in the lab of Marya Lieberman, was a highlighted speaker at the “Research That Matters: Scholarship Advancing Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion” event on January 23, 2023. This event was part of Walk the Walk Week, a week-long series of events coinciding with Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

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