What are the ways in which the University can contribute to human health and well-being? How can the University help to address health disparities and inequities?

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 Health and Well-being:

  • With the University’s Catholic character as a foundation, how can Notre Dame advance critical priorities in the field of health and well-being?
  • How best can Notre Dame evolve/enhance undergraduate education in ways that empower students to have an impact in improving health and well-being?
  • What innovations in graduate education can the University implement in order to advance health and well-being?
  • How can the University leverage research and scholarship to contribute to advancements in health and well-being?
  • At the University level, what initiatives should Notre Dame pursue to substantially impact long-term issues related to health and well-being?
  • What opportunities exist for interdisciplinary collaboration in both research and course development related to health and well-being?
  • How can we increase experiential learning opportunities related to health and well-being?

Committee Members

Brian Baker, Co-Chair
Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Coleman Professor of Life Sciences

Laura Miller-Graff, Co-Chair
Associate Professor of Psychology and Peace Studies

Nitesh Chawla, Committee Member
Director, Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society
Frank M. Freimann Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

Mike Ferdig, Committee Member
Professor of Biological Sciences

Ethan Lieber, Committee Member
Gilbert F. Schaefer Associate Professor of Economics

Thomas O’Sullivan, Committee Member
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

Santiago Schnell, Committee Member
William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science
Professor of Biological Sciences
Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics

Kristin Valentino, Committee Member
Director, William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families
William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Collegiate Chair
Professor of Psychology

Jim Morrison, Committee Staff
Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Provost

Emily Marrese, Committee Scheduling and Administrative Support
Senior Administrative Coordinator, Provost’s Office

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