Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

What further steps can we take in education, research, and University practices to foster respect for the dignity of every human person, combat the sin of racism, and build an inclusive society in which every person can flourish?

Committee Charge

  • Assess the current state of our efforts around this theme and its place at Notre Dame
    • What is being done?
    • What are the strengths?
    • Where are the weaknesses or gaps? 
  • Identify a small number of priority areas within this theme where Notre Dame can be distinctive and have the most impact over the next decade;
  • Based on your conclusions about where we can focus our energy and resources, develop a vision and set of specific recommendations for the initiatives, resources, and structures needed to move this theme and our goals forward.

Key Questions

Explore the following questions related to the Theme of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

  • With the University’s Catholic character as a foundation, how can Notre Dame contribute at a local, national, and/or international level in building diverse, equitable, and inclusive communities?
  • How best can Notre Dame evolve/enhance undergraduate education in ways that empower students to respect the dignity of every human person, build an inclusive society/community in which every person can flourish, and attend particularly to the needs of the most vulnerable?
  • What innovations in graduate education can the University implement in order to develop a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive society?
  • How can the University leverage research and scholarship to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive society?
  • At an institutional level, how can Notre Dame build a truly vibrant and inclusive University community?
  • What opportunities exist for interdisciplinary collaboration in both research and course development related to diversity, equity, and inclusion?
  • How can we increase experiential learning opportunities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion?

Committee Members

Diane Desierto, Co-Chair
Professor of Law and Global Affairs
Faculty Director, LL.M. in International Human Rights Law
Faculty Fellow in the Keough School’s Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, Pulte Institute for Global Development, and Nanovic Institute for European Studies
Co-Principal Investigator of the Notre Dame Reparations Design and Compliance Lab

Ernest Morrell, Co-Chair
Coyle Professor in Literacy Education
Professor of English
Professor of Africana Studies
Director, Notre Dame Center for Literacy Education

G. Marcus Cole, Committee Member
Joseph A. Matson Dean and Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School

Luis Fraga, Committee Member
Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science
Rev. Donald P. McNeill, C.S.C., Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership
Director, Institute for Latino Studies
Fellow, Institute for Educational Initiative

Mary Ann McDowell, Committee Member
Associate Dean for Professional Development, Graduate School
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Marisel Moreno, Committee Member
Rev. John A. O’Brien Associate Professor of Spanish
Fellow, Institute for Latino Studies

Fr. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C., Committee Member
Vice President for Student Affairs

Rev. Hugh R. Page, Jr., Committee Member
Vice President and Associate Provost for Institutional Transformation and Leadership Development
Professor of Theology
Professor of Africana Studies

Mark Sanders, Committee Member
Professor of English
Professor of Africana Studies
Inaugural Director, Notre Dame Initiative on Race and Resilience

Arnel Bulaoro, Committee Staff
Director, Multicultural Student Programs and Service

Jennifer Petersen, Committee Scheduling and Administrative Support
Officer Assistant, Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research

Jessie Schuman, OSPIR Liaison
Strategic Planning Program Director, Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research