Care for Our Common Home

How can we, through education, research, and creative interdisciplinary initiatives, respond to “the urgent challenge to protect our common home,” as Pope Francis wrote in Laudato Si’? How can we contribute to a transition to a cleaner future where the burdens of change are equitably borne?

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 “Care for Our Common Home”:

  • What are the ways in which Notre Dame should respond to “the urgent challenge to protect our common home” articulated in Laudato Si’?
  • How best can Notre Dame evolve/enhance undergraduate education in ways that empower students to help create a more sustainable and resilient world?
  • What innovations in graduate education can the University implement to support Notre Dame’s commitment to Care for Our Common Home?
  • How can the University leverage research and scholarship to address the priorities articulated in Laudato Si’?
  • At the University level, what initiatives should Notre Dame pursue to significantly contribute to long-term issues related to the Care for our Common Home?
  • What opportunities exist for interdisciplinary collaboration in both research and course development related to the themes articulated in Laudato Si’?
  • How can we increase experiential learning opportunities related to Care for our Common Home?

Committee Members

Diogo Bolster, Co-Chair
Henry Massman Department Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Concurrent Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Jennifer L. Tank, Co-Chair
Ludmilla F., Stephen J., and Robert T. Galla Professor of Biological Sciences
Director, Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative

Ellis Adjei Adams, Committee Member
Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Policy, Keough School of Global Affairs
Fellow,
Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative, Eck Institute for Global Health, and Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Patricia Culligan, Committee Member
Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering
Professor of Civil Engineering

Debra Javeline, Committee Member
Associate Professor of Political Science
Fellow, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Nanovic Institute for European Studies
Core Faculty Member, Russian and East European Studies Program
Affiliated Faculty, Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative

Krupali Krusche, Committee Member
Associate Professor of Architecture
Interim Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Curriculum, School of Architecture
Director, DHARMA (Digital Historic Architectural Research and Material Analysis)

Daniel Miller, Committee Member
Associate Professor of Environmental Policy, Keough School of Global Affairs
Fellow
, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Pulte Institute for Global Development
Affiliated Faculty, Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative

Stefanos Polyzoides, Committee Member
Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the School of Architecture
Professor of Architecture

Roy Scranton, Committee Member
Associate Professor of English
Director, Environmental Humanities Initiative
Director, Creative Writing Program

Nathan Swenson, Committee Member
Gillen Director, University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center
Professor of Biological Sciences

Sandra Vera-Muñoz, Committee Member
Deloitte Foundation Department Chair of Accountancy
ND Deloitte Center Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor of Accountancy

Kassie Spencer, Committee Staff
Senior Director of Finance and Administration, College of Engineering

Kelly McNally, Committee Staff
Manager, Learning and Organizational Development, Office of Human Resources

Alissa Doroh, Committee Scheduling and Administrative Support
Administrative Coordinator, Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society

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