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Diversity and Inclusion

In Pope Francis’ Open Wide our Hearts: the enduring call to love, a pastoral letter against racism, he reminds us, “For a nation to be just, it must be a society that recognizes and respects the legitimate rights of individuals and peoples. These rights precede any society because they flow from the dignity granted to each person as created by God.”

Notre Dame is called to live this message. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers wherever we live. Our Catholic, Social teaching of solidarity guides us to build a community that empowers all people to attain their full potential.

Diversity Calendar

December 1: World AIDS Day
December 3: International Day of Disabled Persons
December 10: International Human Rights Day
December 10-18: Hanukkah
December 12: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 16-24: Las Posadas
December 26-January 1: Kwanzaa
January 4: World Braille Day
January 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
January 27: The International Day of Commemoration to remember the victims of the Holocaust


List of 3 news stories.

  • SHADES Club Members

    Black and Catholic

    As we near the conclusion of Black Catholic History Month, we turn the spotlight on black Catholic members of our Notre Dame community who strive to educate us on the topics of diversity and inclusion as well as to continually help Notre Dame make improvements in these critical areas. 
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  • Darius McKay ‘20 & Marcel Campbell ‘20

    ND Students Create New SHADES Club Video

    Members of the Notre Dame SHADE’s Club recently released a new club video. Darius McKay ‘20, Marcel Campbell ‘20, and Sabrina Williams ’20 played leading roles in the creation of this new video.
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  • Celebrating Social Justice, Diversity, Inclusion and the Progress of People

    Notre Dame students and faculty celebrated liturgy today led by our Chaplain Father Jason, with special help from the SHADES Club, Justice Club, and Foreign Language Department. The theme of our mass was focused on social justice, diversity, inclusion, and the progress of people.
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Mia Abousabe '22

"At Notre Dame, my differences are cherished."

Clubs Celebrating Our Differences

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:

Feminism Club
French Club

Irish American Club
Italian Club
Justice Club
Spanish Club

Our Evolving Journey

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  • Our Evolving Journey

    Today and every day we stand as brothers and sisters of Notre Dame High School and beyond, engulfed in the compassion and presence of God as we sing, pray, and celebrate in the Good News and unity of His glory.  -- Former Club Presidents, Azzeiza Beadle ‘17 and Jahmai Person ‘17 
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  • Diversity Committee Moved from Ad Hoc to Established

    On September 14, 2019 The Notre Dame Board of Governors voted to move the ad hoc Diversity Committee to a full standing committee of the Board.  Co chairs: Dr. Charisse West '85 Smith and Mrs. Kerri Tillet are working with the committee on various assessments to measure diversity and inclusion in order to establish a baseline of data for Notre Dame’s growth and development.
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Chinese New Year --or generally referred to as Lunar New Year globally-- is the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The festival is usually referred to as the Spring Festival in mainland China, and is one of several Lunar New Years in Asia. Observances traditionally take place from the evening preceding the first day of the year to the Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the year. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February. In 2020, the first day of the Chinese New Year will be on Saturday, 25 January, initiating the Year of the Rat.

This year our international students will once again appear on ND TV morning announcements to educate, and share fun facts about the China and the Lunar New Year. Below are videos of last year's presentation.
    • 2019 Lunar New Year

International Students

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.
    • Dr. Ellie Ingbritsen

      New Service Learning & Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator

Dr. Ingbritsen's Freshman Presentation

Diversity and Inclusion Videos


List of 2 news stories.

  • Notre Dame Students Awarded the Prestigious Princeton Prize for Race Relations

    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.
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  • Martin Huang '20 Receives Rensselaer Medal

    Notre Dame is proud to announce Martin Huang ‘20 as a Rensselaer Medalist. The Medal, awarded by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, recognizes superlative academic achievement of high school juniors who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science.
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Last February, members of the Notre Dame Broadcasting Club recorded the Boys Varsity Basketball game in their native language of Mandarin.

Just this month, our international students once again commentated and recorded, a basketball game in Mandarin. Thank you to Haoyu "Hanry" Yang '20, Siyu "Cindy" Liu, '20 and Dongyao "Steven" Wang '21.

The audio for all of the games is available above.

Notre Dame High School

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.