We are all one human family. Christ calls us to realize our dignity, rights, and responsibilities in relationship to others. It is our duty as God's children to build a community that empowers all people to attain their full human potential.
Solidarity is the Catholic social teaching principle that emphasizes the importance of community. We are our brothers' and sisters' keepers wherever we live. The saying "love thy neighbor" demonstrates the Catholic social teaching of Solidarity.
In September 2016, Notre Dame’s African American Club was re-established and 24 student members and faculty moderators met every Wednesday to talk about issues that were impacting their lives at Notre Dame, in their communities, and in our nation. The students set goals as they planned a Day of Retreat and Reflection with the theme, Knowing Yourself and Embracing Your Worth: Sharing Your Gifts and Your Cultural Heritage with Your School and Community. The Shades Club was honored to have Dr. Dwayne Proctor, Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the N.A.A.C.P., as their keynote speaker. For the past four years, Dr. Proctor has served as a mentor, friend, and advisor to the Shades Club.
Notre Dame sponsors a number of clubs and activities that explore other cultures to learn and celebrate the differences of people of all nationalities. Some of those clubs include:
Asian American and International Club French Club German Club Irish American Club Italian Club Spanish Club
Working in conjunction with the Cambridge Network, Notre Dame High School in New Jersey welcomes students from a variety of global locations and encourages them to be a part of our unique community. We are a dynamic, diverse Catholic Community dedicated to educating young women and men to realize their full potential. Learn more about our International Program.
On May 17, 2019, 50 students from the Shades Club participated in a day-long interactive walking tour of Harlem that included a visit to the world famous Sylvia’s Soul Food Restaurant, a walking tour of famous civil rights and a private tour of the legendary Apollo Theater. In the spring of 2019, 60 students were part of a special tour of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C.
On May 1, 2019, Nabia Evans ‘19 and Shomari Hollis ‘19, were recognized at the 2019 Reception and Awards Ceremony for the Princeton Prize in Race Relations of Central and Southern New Jersey at the John Maclean House at Princeton University “in recognition for their work of engaging and challenging their school and community to promote racial equity, respect and understanding of all people.” The Princeton Prize was established by Princeton University “to promote harmony, respect, and understanding among people of different races.” In 2017, ND senior Jonathan Nwigwe was also awarded this prestigious prize.
Every year during Black History Month, members of the Shades Club participate in a special liturgy that highlights the Black worship experience and the diverse cultures of the Notre Dame community. Following the liturgy, members of the club organize a short program that highlights the positive values of Black Americans through leadership, advocacy, professional life, and the arts.
Located on 100 beautiful acres in Central New Jersey, Notre Dame High School, founded in 1957, is a college preparatory school for grades 9 - 12, preparing young men and women for lives of purpose, built upon a foundation of Catholic faith, with a commitment to academics, co-curricular activities and service to others.