Community Empowerment

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Juneteenth Rally and Walk for Unity at Notre Dame in 2020

In recognition that work on race and resilience engages communities within and beyond the Notre Dame campus, the Initiative supports and promotes community engagement and empowerment. The Initiative’s plans include:

  • Practitioner-in-residence program to establish more substantive ties between Notre Dame and the broader Michiana community
  • Artist-in-residence program using art as a bridge to BIPOC communities beyond the Notre Dame campus
  • Active collaboration with area social, political, and cultural institutions engaged in racial justice, restoration, and reconciliation initiatives
  • Sponsorship of a race and resilience-themed community book club
  • Hosting campus-community dialogues
  • Developing programming for K-12 classroom
  • Hosting a summer Young Scholars Program for potential first-generation college students


Community Partners

ND Community

  • Center for Social Concerns

    Fulfilling Notre Dame’s mission to cultivate a disciplined sensibility to poverty, injustice, and oppression, the Center for Social Concerns gathers, forms, and nourishes scholars in the study, practice, and renewal of Catholic social tradition.

  • Debartolo Performing Arts Center

    The Debartolo Performing Arts Center works collaboratively to elevate the greater good in society by establishing the University of Notre Dame as a leading voice in the arts.

  • Department of Sociology

    Notre Dame Department of Sociology is a center for innovative research. Our signature strengths are cultural sociology, the sociology of education, political sociology and social movements, and the sociology of religion.

  • Division of Student Affairs

    Through engagement with the Division’s opportunities, services and resources, we encourage students to develop their full potential as individuals, community members and future leaders in our Church, society, and world.

  • Multicultural Student Programs and Services

    Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS) creates a welcoming environment for all students by supporting holistic development through educational programming and cross-cultural exploration.

  • Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study

    The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) promotes issue-engaged, inclusive, and interdisciplinary study of questions that affect our ability to lead valuable, meaningful lives.

  • Snite Museum of Art

    Founded on the principle that art is essential to understanding individual, shared, and diverse human experiences and beliefs, the Snite Museum encourages close looking and critical thinking.