Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Notre Dame College is a Catholic institution educating a diverse population in the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame. Our identity emboldens us to respect the dignity of each human being and acknowledge the image of God in one another. We will aspire to the highest ideals embodied in diversity, equity, and inclusion through empowering employees and students to create a more just campus, society, and world.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Framework of Commitment
The DEI committee is driven by the NDC Mission to ensure students, staff, faculty, alumni, and stakeholders are knowledgeable, aware, and competent in a shared vision of creating an equitable and inclusive environment that enriches our diversity.
The committee will uphold the diversity of all community members and stakeholders and will work to ensure that all are valued, appreciated, recognized, and celebrated. The DEI committee core foundation is grounded in a definitive understanding that:
- Diversity recognizes, values, elevates, and celebrates all aspects of diversity within our campus community and our society
- Creating equitable systems to enrich and support the diversity of our campus community is essential to the integrity of the NDC mission
- Supporting an inclusive climate through policies, standards, and procedures is necessary to our academic and student services programs, human resources, funding opportunities, and the overall well-being of the organization
The DEI Committee is a function of the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and is made up of members that represent the faculty, staff, and students. The president and board chair are also engaged members of the committee.
DEI Committee Signature Events
Symposiums – Campus and community discussions each semester about hot topics that impact our students and our broader society.
Martin Luther King Day Event – A speaker on campus during the week after MLK Day, engaging students, employees, alumni, and the local community.
President’s DEI Recognition and Awards Ceremony – Celebrates organizations and/or individuals on campus who have made significant contributions to NDC’s DEI work and overall climate of inclusion. Held in conjunction with the college’s annual Celebration of Scholarship Week.
African American Graduation Recognition Ceremony – Organized by NDC’s Black Student Union, this event honors our Black graduating seniors in front of their family and friends. The evening includes individual presentation of stoles for Commencement, an inspirational speaker, and a reception.
Many of our student clubs and campus departments also host DEI-related events throughout the year.
Click HERE to see a list of DEI events for the current school year!
CampusPride – Campus Pride represents the leading national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBTQ students. https://www.campuspride.org
Center for Culturally Teaching and Learning – This website is focused on engaging students in culturally responsive learning that affirms and validates. https://www.culturallyresponsive.org/
Center for Global Education – The Center promotes international education to foster cross- cultural awareness, cooperation, and understanding. http://globaled.us/
Diverse Education in Higher Education – Provides news and information on issues in higher education. https://www.diverseeducation.com/
Insights in Diversity – The oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education today. For nearly 50 years, INSIGHT Into Diversity has connected highly qualified employees with institutions of higher education that choose to embrace a workforce that is more reflective of their student population and their communities. https://www.insightintodiversity.com/
Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (IFDHE) – https://ifdhe.aha.org/
Interfaith Alliance – Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. https://interfaithalliance.org/
National Organization on Disability (NOD) – When the National Organization on Disability was founded in 1982, it was the first organization in the United States to represent every person with a disability, regardless of needs or circumstances. https://www.nod.org/
Southern Poverty Law Center – https://www.splcenter.org/
National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) – NADOHE serves as the pre-eminent voice for diversity officers in higher education by supporting and leading collective efforts towards inclusive excellence. http://nadohe.org
National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) – NAME is a non-profit organization that advances and advocates for equity and social justice through multicultural education. https://www.nameorg.org/
American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity (AAED) – the longest-standing national civil rights organization of professionals who engage in the important work of leading, directing and managing affirmative action, equal opportunity, diversity programs. https://www.aaaed.org/aaaed/default.asp
National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) – Established in 1977, the National Women’s Studies Association has as one of its primary objectives promoting and supporting the production and dissemination of knowledge about women and gender through teaching, learning, research and service in academic and other settings. https://www.nwsa.org/