2019-2020 Progress Report

The President's Oversight Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is charged with providing oversight, fostering accountability, facilitating communication, and coordinating initiatives across the University as Notre Dame seeks to build an even more diverse and inclusive community. It achieves this end by ensuring that initiatives are underway; establishing achievable and measurable goals for the University and the various units; and monitoring progress toward these goals. Below is a partial list of these initiatives for the 2019-2020 academic year.


  • Diversity and Inclusion plans developed and implemented in all colleges and schools
  • Blue Ribbon Committee convened to analyze Faculty Climate Survey
  • Introduced protocol for strategic analysis and intervention for faculty recruitment
  • ND Learning established Inclusive Pedagogy Initiative
  • Launched mentoring/cohort-building program for underrepresented faculty
  • Created Maintaining Linkages Initiative (MLI) pilot program, aimed at establishing meaningful connections with Notre Dame undergraduates from traditionally underrepresented groups with PhDs
  • Secured Lilly Foundation grant to support Newly Associate Network: professional development and connecting to mission
  • Hosted Fall 2019 campus-wide diversity and inclusion conference; faculty reading groups on Robin D’Angelo, author of White Fragility
  • As part of Sr. Kathleen Cannon lecture series, hosted Dr. Hanna Holborn Gray
  • Together with DePaul University, co-hosted gathering of Chief Diversity Officers from more than 20 Catholic colleges and universities
  • Hosted four events for faculty, students and staff featuring Dr. Milo Dodson, Notre Dame alumnus, on developing and supporting mental well-being for faculty, students and staff of color
  • Hosted the annual conference of Indiana Association of Blacks in Higher Education
  • Hosted Dr. Darius A. Spieth's lecture, "Frank Hayden: A Mid-Century Sculptor between Catholicism and the Civil Rights Movement"  (Frank Hayden '59 MFA)

For more information, please visit https://provost.nd.edu/academic-community/diversity/.


Undergraduate students

  • Hired students for Senior Fellows program to begin in Fall 2020, including roles dedicated to improving campus climate for students of all backgrounds
  • Completed second administration of the Inclusive Campus Student Survey in Spring of 2020, results to be published in Fall 2020
  • Required training for all residence hall staff  on diversity, inclusion and implicit bias, including discussion of results of the Inclusive Campus Climate Survey
  • Launched expanded greeNDot bystander intervention program to include issues of discriminatory harassment; required for all resident assistants
  • Refreshed pre-matriculation modules on diversity and inclusion for new students
  • Launched newly redesigned SpeakUp.nd.edu as a reporting resource for bias, discrimination or harassment in any form
  • Installed interactive displays for art installations by diverse artists in Duncan Student Center to enhance understanding
  • Beginning Spring 2020, hall staff members expected to check in with all residents at the beginning of second semester to ask about their sense of belonging and ability to make connections on campus
  • Began a program to reflect more clearly the broad diversity of the Catholic Church as new residence halls are completed — e.g., chapel in Baumer Hall named in honor of St. Martin de Porres
  • Established Diversity and Inclusion Working Group for Meruelo Family Center for Career Development, as inclusive programming and services are department-wide priority
  • Continuing relationship with Posse Foundation
  • Support for AnBryce Scholars initiative
  • Continued the “Building Bridges” mentoring program through Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS)
  • Continued the Notre Dame TRiO Programs

For more information, please visit https://studentaffairs.nd.edu/about/diversity-inclusion/.

Graduate students

  • Provided moving/relocation support for graduate students with need
  • Offered orientation for new international graduate students
  • Offered leadership training for grad club leaders, including leaders of Latino, Black and married student groups 
  • Convened task forces (faculty and students) on:
    • Dependent support (chaired by Mark Schurr)
    • Graduate student wellness (chaired by Steve Corcelli)
    • Mentoring/anti-bullying (chaired by Steve Corcelli)
  • Held Annual Faith Fair and Grad Student Welcome – included a focus on helping non-Catholic grad students find a worship community in the area
  • Promoted Speakup.nd.edu as a resource 
  • Offered targeted training session for grants and fellowship consultants on advising and working with students applying for diversity fellowships (e.g., Ford, AAUW, Grad Women in Science, etc.)


  • Established diversity action plans for each University division
  • Undertook proactive sourcing for exempt positions to identify and recruit women and staff of color
  • Ensured all job openings are posted on DiversityJobs.com and HBCUCareers.com
  • Partnered with employee resource groups on recruiting and referral initiatives
  • Instituted new approval process to ensure diverse interview pools for exempt roles
  • Leveraged network of campus diversity catalysts to identify best practices in recruitment and interviewing
  • Ensured that diverse leaders are part of all of the University's leadership programs
  • Continued ND cultural competency training embedded across campus, with more than 3,000 employees trained

For more information, please visit https://hr.nd.edu/about/hr-staff-directory/diversity/.