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
- Multicultural Student Programs and Services
- Resources for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Students
- International Student and Scholar Affairs
- Office of Institutional Equity
- Student resources on the "Diversity at Notre Dame" website
- Educational initiatives
- Outreach services
- Pastoral care
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com 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.
- 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.