Building a community where all can flourish

“As a community of teachers and learners, we are called to ask the hard questions, listen to and amplify voices that aren’t being heard, and pursue solutions to complex problems facing society. The College of Arts & Letters is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion — changing the culture and climate on campus and fighting inequality through research, education, and outreach.” — Sarah Mustillo, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion at Notre Dame is inextricably tied to our Catholic mission, which calls us to respect the dignity of every person, to work toward the common good, and to stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable and marginalized members of our community.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

This standing Arts and Letters committee promotes an inclusive and equitable climate; facilitates the recruitment, retention, and development of a flourishing diverse community; and sustains and champions innovative and inclusive scholarship and teaching.

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Research Highlights

Literacy and Learning

Through Notre Dame’s Center for Educational Literacy, Ernest Morrell is rethinking literacy pedagogy, bridging the gap between urban cultures and the traditional canon.

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Music and Migration

Anthropologist and ethnomusicologist Alex Chavez explores Latina/o/x expressive culture in everyday life as it manifests through sound, language, and performance.

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Artists and Activists

Theatre scholar La Donna Forsgren delves into the history of the Black Arts movement, shining a light on the essential roles African American women have played as artists and activists.

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Race and Educational Opportunity

Sociologist Calvin Zimmermann examines how racial and gendered meanings shape children's social relationships in early childhood, with a particular emphasis on school and family settings.

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Women and Representation

Political Scientist Christina Wolbrecht is an expert on women’s suffrage and co-founder of Women Also Know Stuff, which elevates the voices of female experts in her field.

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Pop Culture and Perception

American Studies Chair Jason Ruiz’s research focuses on American perceptions of Latinos and Latin America, including the influence of Narcomedia on the War on Drugs.

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Inequality and Social Movements

Sociologist Rory McVeigh’s most recent work addresses social and political consequences of different forms of segregation.

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Diaspora and the Americas

Professor Mark Sanders, who has won Fulbrights to Ecuador and Colombia, studies African American and Afro-Latino literature from a hemispheric perspective.

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Teaching and Learning

Pam Butler Gender Studies Class Classroom Photo

A Notre Dame liberal arts education helps develop empathy and compassion, and the ability to better understand those whose perspectives are different from ours. As students, scholars, and educators, we have a critical role to play in forming each other’s individual hearts and minds, but also in contributing to broader, societal change. It starts with learning, through courses such as:

  • Performing Blackness: From Othello to Jay-Z
  • Social Justice and Action: Native American and Indigenous Insights
  • Racial and Ethnic Educational Inequality
  • Race/Ethnicity in American Politics
  • The Asian American Experience
  • Gender, Sexuality, and the State
  • Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Cultures
  • Crossing Borders: Global Arts and Identity
  • Race and Racism
  • Introduction to Disability Studies
  • The Bible, the Black Church, and the Blues

Notre Dame Principles of Diversity and Inclusion

“Either we walk together in mutual support, or we do not walk at all. Either we are all Notre Dame, or none of us are.” — Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame President

Together at Notre Dame

We acknowledge our presence on the traditional homelands of Native peoples including the Haudenosauneega, Miami, Peoria, and particularly the Pokégnek Bodéwadmik / Pokagon Potawatomi, who have been using this land for education for hundreds of years, and continue to do so.