Reunion Weekend Seminar: Diversity Initiatives at Notre Dame: Challenges and Opportunities


Location: DeBartolo Hall, Room 138

Hosted by: Donald B. Pope-Davis, Ph.D. vice president and associate provost; professor, Psychology

Panelists: Rev. Hugh R. Page, Jr., Ph.D., dean, First Year of Studies; Walter Associate Professor, theology; and Darren Wayne Davis, Ph.D., professor, political science

In the past year, the University’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and provost, Thomas G. Burish, have focused on initiatives in support of a diverse faculty and student body. “The intellectual interchange that is essential to a university requires, and is enriched by, the presence and voices of diverse scholars and students,” said Father Jenkins. “Beyond the benefits diversity brings to all universities, we hold this commitment also because Notre Dame is a Catholic university.” Thomas G. Burish added: “We reaffirm that cultivating a diverse intellectual community makes us a better university. Successfully recruiting, hiring, developing, and retaining women faculty and faculty of color are fundamental to this aim.” Panelists will discuss these initiatives, ultimately allowing Notre Dame to realize and engage more fully its goals for building and nurturing a diverse community of faculty, students, and alumni.