2021 Featured Events

Monday,
January 18

A conversation with Justice Alan Page

Diversity.nd.edu/MLK

Retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, a 1967 University of Notre Dame graduate and the first African-American justice to serve on Minnesota’s highest court, will join G. Marcus Cole, the Joseph A. Matson Dean of Notre Dame Law School, for a virtual “fireside chat” at noon Jan. 18 (Monday), as part of the University’s commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Page has been inducted into both the NFL and College Football Halls of Fame.

The discussion, which would normally occur in-person as part of Walk the Walk Week, a weeklong celebration of diversity and inclusion, will take place on this site because of changes to
the academic calendar related to the pandemic.

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Monday,
February 22

The Lamentations of Jeremiah: An Intergenerational Conversation on the Crises of Our Time

Zoom Webinar

Join Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr, an outspoken civil rights advocate, and Minister Tiauna Boyd Webb, one of the first Wright scholars to graduate from Chicago Theological Seminary, for an intergenerational conversation on building a more just and peaceful world.

Renowned for his exuberant oratory, Rev. Wright is a master of the jeremiad, a type of sermon that speaks truth to power by invoking biblical prophecy, offering a diagnosis of our fallen condition, and issuing a call to repentance. In 2008, his sermons were caricatured by media outlets thanks to sound-bite journalism, but “Jeremiah’s jeremiads” resonate with many as prophetic.  

A former Wright Scholar, Minister Tiauna Boyd Webb is a young leader in the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, a recognized NGO of the United Nations that seeks to strengthen the individual and collective capacity of thought leaders and activists in the church, academy, and community through education, advocacy, and activism for human rights and social justice.

This event is presented by the Ansari Institute and co-sponsored by the University of Notre Dame's African Student Association (ASA)Department of American Studies, and Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights as well as the United Religious Community of St. Joseph County

Register Now or learn more about the event.

How to Fight Inequality and Why That Fight Needs You

Virtual event

Inequality is the crisis of our time. Join us for a student panel, led by former Kellogg Visiting Fellow Ben Phillips, whose widely acclaimed new book discusses inequality and how citizens must be the ones to address the issues. This event is more than an academic discussion – it is a practical conversation about what we can do to overcome an injustice that is hurting us all. Featuring Notre Dame undergraduates who have experience fighting inequality in various areas, this virtual event hopes to engage participants as well in a  conversation about inequality and what each of us can do in the fight against it.

Featuring Ben Phillips

- Co-founder, Fight Inequality Alliance 
- Former Hewlett Fellow for Public Policy, Kellogg Institute

- Author of How to Fight Inequality (Wiley, 2020)
   * Special offer: receive 40% off the book from the publisher's site today (through March 6) using the code NDPOL 

With Notre Dame student panelists:

This event is presented by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies with cosponsorship by the Higgins Labor Program of the Center for Social Concerns. More information on the event can be found here.

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An Evening with U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

virtual — RSVP for Zoom link

Multicultural Student Programs and Services and the new Notre Dame Initiative on Race and Resilience invite you to a reading and moderated Q&A with Joy Harjo, the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States and the first Native American to hold the position.

The Initiative's inaugural event is presented in partnership with the Native American Student Association of Notre Dame. This virtual event is free and open to the public. 

Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned poet, musician, performer, and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is the author of nine books of poetry, including the highly acclaimed An American Sunrise, several plays and children's books, and two memoirs, Crazy Brave and Poet Warrior: A Call for Love and Justice. Harjo is the exec­u­tive edi­tor of the anthol­o­gy When the Light of the World was Sub­dued, Our Songs Came Through — A Nor­ton Anthol­o­gy of Native Nations Poet­ry and the editor of Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry, the companion anthology to her signature poet laureate project, an interactive story map and audio collection featuring Native Nations poets. 

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Wednesday,
February 24

Mass for Unity and Justice

Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Rev. Peter McCormick, C.S.C. will preside over the Mass for Unity and Justice. Mass is open to the public* and can be viewed virtually at the link below.

Watch the Mass on February 24 at 5:15 p.m.

*Please see here for Campus Liturgical Practices in light of the global pandemic.

Thursday,
February 25

Language, Race and Justice

Virtual

This session examines the intersections of language, race, identity and power. Drawing on recent work in raciolinguistics — the realm of linguistics which serves to answer the question “What does it mean to speak as a racialized subject in contemporary America?” — this interactive workshop asks participants to consider their own language stories and how language has shaped who they are and to what extent language repertoires inform perceived or real inclusion/exclusion in the speaking communities in which we participate. 

Presenter: Erin Moira Lemrow, a Notre Dame faculty member in multiple departments, including First Year of Studies, the Institute for Latino Studies and the Institute for Educational Initiatives. 

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"Micro-Biases in Practice" with Professor Deseriee Kennedy

Zoom

The American Constitution Society, Black Law Students Association, and Women's Legal Forum will welcome Professor Deseriee Kennedy, Associate Dean of Diversity & Inclusion and Professor of Law at Touro Law School for a virtual talk titled "Micro-Biases in Practice." Professor Kennedy will highlight her work on systemic racism, particularly as related to the carceral state and child welfare system. The talk will be followed by a Q&A. Join us via Zoom on Feb. 25 at 12:30pm.

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Unity Summit

Zoom

Notre Dame staff & faculty are invited to participate in this year's Unity Summit (hosted by the Office of Human Resources) on Feb 25. 

The Unity Summit will be an interactive event utilizing small group dialogue to network, build community and explore ways to make the University of Notre Dame more inclusive.

Register Now (ND Staff & Faculty Only)

Space at the Snite: A Space to Speak

Snite Museum of Art

The Snite Museum Student Programming Committee is hosting "Space at the Snite," a semester-long series of events to encourage students to think about community and belonging through art. This first program, organized in conjunction with Walk the Walk Week, will include conversations about works of art facilitated by Snite student gallery teachers. These works will explore the theme of racial justice as it relates to notions of belonging on this campus. There will also be opportunities to personally interact with work by prominent contemporary Black artists, including the work of Richard Hunt from the Museum’s permanent collection and a current installation by Kevin Beasley.

Join us at the Snite Museum of Art from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.

More information (ND Students Only)

Reading and Discussion for "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi

Zoom

In celebration of Black History Month and Walk the Walk Week, the Gender Relations Center and Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS) invite students, faculty, and staff to discuss Yaa Gyasi’s acclaimed book Homegoing. Homegoing weaves a story of two 18th Century Ghanian sisters and eight generations of their descendants. Please email yrodrig2@nd.edu to register and receive the zoom link. All available copies of the book have been reserved, but you can obtain a copy here.

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Friday,
February 26

ACLU's Work on Voting & Immigration Rights in America

Zoom

UPDATE: This event has been moved from February 26 to March 5, 2021.

Ms. Grace Chan McKibben is Executive Director at the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community, which seeks to empower the Chinese American communities in Greater Chicago through planning, advocacy, and organizing.

For over 25 years, Ms. Grace has held senior-level positions in education, government, corporate, and nonprofits. She currently serves on the Chicago Low-Income Real Estate Trust Fund Board; the Illinois State Asian American Employment Plan Advisory Council; the City of Chicago Language Access Task Force; the Illinois ACLU Board; and the National ACLU Board (of which she is also an elected member of the Executive Committee).

Ms. Grace Mckibbin will be hosted by the Notre Dame ACLU, to speak about the ACLU’s work, progress, and difficulties in addressing issues concerning voting and immigration rights in the United States.

The event is co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), and American Constitution Society (ACS).

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Frank Leon Roberts: The Black Lives Matter Syllabus

via Zoom

Join the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights as Frank Leon Roberts, New York University, discusses the creation of his groundbreaking course, "Black Lives Matter: Race, Resistance, and Populist Protest."

Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary is a weekly lecture series presenting preeminent scholars, thought leaders, and public intellectuals to guide our community through topics necessary to a deeper understanding of systemic racism and racial justice.

Lectures are available to the Notre Dame community via Zoom. Registration with a valid nd.edu or alumni.nd.edu is required.

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Sunday,
February 28

Black Faith / Spirituality

Virtual

Join The Black Alumni Board and The Southwest Region on Sunday, February 28th at 2:00p EST for a in depth discussion on the Black Wellbeing.  You don’t want to miss it.

This event is FREE, but you must register to view the panel discussion.  Be sure to check your email, the YouTube Livestream link will be included in the confirmation email.  If you have any questions, please send an email to ba.communications@alumni.nd.edu.

Please submit any questions for the panelists HERE.  You may also submit questions using the YouTube Live Chat function during the event.

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Additional Resources

Notre Dame Athletics Black History Month Art Gallery

Throughout the month of February, Notre Dame student athletes will periodically share the parts of Black history that resonate closest to them through art. Weekly posts will highlight a Black student-athlete and artwork (poetry, essays, painting, dancing, photography, etc.) of their choosing to deepen our connection to the diverse and vast parts of Black history.

Visit the Black History Month Art Gallery now

Black@ND Podcast

Black@ND is a talk show created and co-hosted by Emorja Roberson and Lynnette Wukie, and it seeks to be a forum for an open and honest conversation that gives greater visibility to the experience of black students, faculty, staff, and alumni at the University of Notre Dame. Its purpose is to foster constructive self-criticism and awareness within the University community in order to contribute to the University’s mission to promote a spirit of diversity and inclusion.

Listen to the Podcast Now

Notre Dame Stories: Equity in Policing

As the national conversation about race and policing took shape over the summer of 2020, questions began surfacing about how police departments would respond. At Notre Dame, they were already working on an answer. With guests Keri Kei Shibata, Chief, Notre Dame Police Department; Mike Seamon, Vice President for Campus Safety and University Operations; and Matty Aubourg '21, Frontline ND and Vice President of Multicultural Pre-Health Society

Learn more about Equity in Policing

With Voices True

In partnership with the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy and University of Notre Dame Archives, the Klau Center seeks to give voice to the Notre Dame community on issues of race and racial identity. Through written, spoken, or visual stories, our community reflects on how we experience race, how it shapes our lives, and how we navigate relationships within it.

Learn more about With Voices True

Featured Media

Videos

2021 MLK Celebration: Justice Alan Page

Retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, ND '67, joined G. Marcus Cole, the Joseph A. Matson Dean of Notre Dame Law School for a conversation on Jan. 18. They discussed the challenges facing the country and Page provided advice for making society more inclusive.

Walk the Walk Week Prayer Service

This year, since we are not able to gather in person, we encourage you to take a few moments to watch this video, and to join us in prayer and reflection as Walk the Walk Week begins and we mark the first Sunday of Lent.

Photos

View all 2021 Walk the Walk Week photos

What’s Your Next Step?

Tweet what you can do to make Notre Dame a more diverse and inclusive community using #NDwalkthewalk.