Poverty and Equity

How can our educational and research efforts address poverty, inequity, and obstacles to access, nationally and globally?

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 Poverty and Equity (including access and equity):

  • Our Catholic mission calls us to a “preferential option for the poor.” How can Notre Dame contribute at a local, national, and/or international level to help elevate both communities and individuals out of poverty that is demeaning or unjust?
  • How best can Notre Dame evolve/enhance undergraduate education in ways that empower students to address the issues contributing to poverty at the local, national, and/or international level?
  • What innovations in graduate education can the University implement in order to provide our students with the frameworks, methods, and ability to design and deliver solutions to address poverty?
  • How can the University leverage our research and scholarship to contribute to addressing poverty?
  • At the University level, what initiatives should Notre Dame pursue to substantially impact long-term issues related to poverty?
  • What opportunities exist for interdisciplinary collaboration in both research and course development related to addressing poverty?
  • How can we increase experiential learning opportunities related to addressing poverty?

Committee Members

Tracy Kijewski-Correa, Co-Chair
Leo E. and Patti Ruth Linbeck Collegiate Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Associate Professor of Global Affairs
Co-Director, Integration Lab

Jim Sullivan, Co-Chair
Co-Founder and Director, Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities
Professor of Economics

Jay Brockman, Committee Member
Director, Center for Civic Innovation
Professor of the Practice, Computer Science and Engineering

David Campbell, Committee Member
Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy

Ann-Marie Conrado, Committee Member
Cregg Family Director of the Program in Collaborative Innovation
Associate Professor of Industrial Design

Fr. Dan Groody, C.S.C., Committee Member
Vice President and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs
Associate Professor of Theology and Global Affairs

Anna Haskins, Committee Member
Andrew V. Tackes Associate Professor of Sociology

Kate Marshall, Committee Member
Associate Professor of English

Paul Perrin, Committee Member
Director of Evidence and Learning, Pulte Institute for Global Development
Associate Professor of the Practice, Keough School of Global Affairs

Suzanne Shanahan, Committee Member
Leo and Arlene Hawk Executive Director of the Center for Social Concerns
Professor of the Practice, Center for Social Concerns

Heather Reynolds, Committee Staff
Managing Director, Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities

Chloe Leach, Committee Scheduling and Administrative Support
Executive Administrator, College of Engineering

Lissa Bill, OSPIR Liaison
Senior Strategic Planning Program Director, Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research