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Notre Dame is a community rich in diversity and committed to inclusion. Students travel from around the country and the world, seeking the academic excellence for which Notre Dame is known. What they find is a place where they can learn about other cultures, beliefs, and perspectives. They find a place where they can engage with peers, be supported by mentors, and conduct research with some of the foremost scholars in the world. Students are welcomed into a community where they can come together in large group activities or find the friends and space to call their own. Our students are becoming culturally competent, global citizens while studying in a community that is growing more diverse. Please select from one of the following:

 

Gender Relations Center

Website:  grc.nd.edu
Email: grc@nd.edu
Staff Directory: grc.nd.edu/aboutgrc/
Administrative Office: 311 LaFortune Student Center
Phone: 574-631-9340
 
What is the Gender Relations Center? 
As an office in Student Affairs, the Gender Relations Center (GRC) designs and implements programs about sexuality, identity, gender and healthy relationships with the Catholic character of the University. It creates dialogue on campus by collaborating with student clubs, residence hall staff, other departments at Notre Dame and community organizations in South Bend. It is the first office of its kind within collegiate student affairs nationwide.
 
Mission Statement 
As an office within the Division of Student Affairs, the Gender Relations Center (GRC) promotes moral formation consistent with Catholic identity, mission and values in an effort to create a healthy culture at the University of Notre Dame.  As the first of its kind nationwide, the GRC designs and implements programs about healthy relationships, sexuality, and gender. Committed to the spiritual, emotional and intellectual development of all students, the GRC seeks to engage the campus in respectful dialogue and seeks to build a community that fully honors the human dignity of each person as a child of God.
 
The GRC serves the Notre Dame community through:
  • Educational initiatives
  • Outreach services
  • Pastoral care

Multicultural Student Programs and Services

Website: msps.nd.edu
Email: msps@nd.edu
Staff Directory: msps.nd.edu/about/people/
Administrative Office: 210 LaFortune Student Center
Phone: 574-631-6841
 
The Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services administers the programs and services specifically designed to assist with the retention and the academic success of traditionally underrepresented students.  The academic initiatives focus on providing faculty mentors, exposing historically underrepresented undergraduates to research opportunities, and networking with academicians and alumni in their area of interest.  The office also serves as a vehicle for students to explore issues of diversity by sponsoring cultural programs, advising ethnic or traditionally underrepresented organizations, and serving as a multicultural resource center.  The office provides these services to help our racially underrepresented population achieve their goals while maintaining their cultural identity.  The office facilitates diversity training and workshops to create dialogue between majority and ethnic students regarding the importance of celebrating their cultures.
 
The Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services is located in the Intercultural Center on the second floor of the LaFortune Student Center, Room 210; office hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
 

Resources for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Students

Over the past two decades, the University of Notre Dame has strived to advance its understanding and support for students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning.  The University is committed to fostering an environment of welcome and mutual respect that is grounded in its Catholic mission.  

The University has set forth a pastoral plan, Beloved Friends and Allies, to support the holistic development and formation of students who identify as LGBTQ, as well as all students on our campus. It reflects The Spirit of Inclusion at Notre Dame which states that the University deplores any offenses against the inviolable dignity of every person as the beloved of God. The University calls for an abiding spirit of inclusion within the Notre Dame community.  Notre Dame calls all students to be friends and allies of one another. 

The Division of Student Affairs envisions this comprehensive, multi-faceted pastoral plan to respond to the various expressed needs of members of the student body who identify as LGBTQ and simultaneously to cultivate deeper understanding and support for our Catholic Christian ideal. Within this context, the University offers the following resources to our students: 

The Gender Relations Center (GRC) along with other departments and relevant student groups seeks to educate all students about the inclusive nature of community at Notre Dame. They provide opportunities for ongoing exploration of and conversation concerning a Catholic understanding of the call to holiness of life. Collaborators include Campus Ministry, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, the Student Activities Office, the Career Center, the University Counseling Center, and the Institute for Church Life.

Maureen McKenney, the Assistant Director for LGBTQ Student Concerns in the GRC, works closely with student peer educators to train and educate appropriate members of the campus community, collaborates with other campus units providing programs and initiatives for LGBTQ and heterosexual student support, holistic development, and formation, and advises the recognized student organization, PrismND.  This person can be reached in the GRC at 574-631-9340.   

Campus Ministry provides a designated staff member, Ed Mack, Pastoral Care and Outreach Coordinator, whose duties include working with students impacted by gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning issues. Ed can be reached at 574-631-3761. 

The University Counseling Center offers individual counseling and support groups: 574-631-7336.

Monthly hours for drop-¬in conversation and support are available. Conversations are in a safe space and confidentiality is assured. The GRC staff and other departments coordinate these events with peer educators. For more information, contact the GRC at 574-631-9340 or grc@nd.edu.

PrismND is a recognized student organization designed to provide peer –to-peer support, direct service opportunities, and friendship for LGBTQ students and their allies. For more information or to get involved, contact the GRC at 574-631-9340, grc@nd.edu  or visit PrismND’s web site.  

StaND Against Hate Week is sponsored each year in collaboration with specific Student Government Committees, relevant student clubs, and professional staff in departments throughout the University. The purpose of this week is to promote awareness of the effects of intolerance and hate in thought, word, and action.

Solidarity Sunday invites the Notre Dame community to pray with its gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning brothers and sisters.

For more information, please see the University’s Pastoral Plan, Beloved Friends and Allies: A Pastoral Plan for the Support and Holistic Development of GLBTQ and Heterosexual Students at the University of Notre Dame, released in December 2012.

 
 
 

International Student and Scholar Affairs

Website: international.nd.edu/issa/
Email: issa@nd.edu
Staff Directory: international.nd.edu/about/contact/international-students-and-scholars-affairs-staff/
Administrative Office: 105 Main Building
Phone: 574-631-3825
 
International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA), a part of Notre Dame International, supports and advises international students and scholars at the University of Notre Dame.
 
ISSA provides a wide array of support services and educational and cultural programs for international students, scholars and their families. Services include providing pre-arrival correspondence, coordinating International Student Orientation and advising international students and clubs. Programs include International Education Week, the International Ambassador Program and the Family Friendship Program.
 
In addition, the ISSA team helps Notre Dame-sponsored international students, scholars and their dependents maintain lawful immigration status. The ISSA staff educates and reminds all international students about immigration rules, responsibilities, deadlines and benefits. They also process immigration requests, offer helpful information sessions and advise students on a variety of immigration topics. 
 
For more information about ISSA’s programs and services, please visit international.nd.edu.
 
 

Office of Institutional Equity

Website: equity.nd.edu
Email:  equity@nd.edu
Staff Directory: equity.nd.edu/about/about-the-director/
Administrative Office: 100 Grace Hall
Phone: 574-631-0444
 
The Office of Institutional Equity is committed to promoting an equitable educational and work environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in accordance with Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, other applicable federal and state laws, and University policy.
 
The Office of Institutional Equity also strives to foster an inclusive campus environment that embraces the talents and achievements of all individuals regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, age, or genetic information.
 
To fulfill our mission, the Office of Institutional Equity provides:
  • Oversight of and support for the University’s efforts to comply with all applicable federal and state civil rights laws and Notre Dame’s policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment, and retaliation;
  • Consultation, training, and resources to the University community regarding equal opportunity, affirmative action, diversity, and preventing discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; and
  • A mechanism for responding to complaints of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.