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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.


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  • Archbishop WIlton D. Gregory

    First Black Shepherds of the Church

    The First Black Shepherds of the Church include: Wilton Cardinal Gregory, Bishop James Augustine Healy, Reverend Augustus Tolton, and Most Reverend Joseph Francis, SVD Auxiliary Bishop of Newark.
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  • Samuel Howard Woodson, Jr

    Honoring Black Leaders of Faith and Service

    This week we honor black leaders who exemplify faithful service, Samuel Howard Woodson, Jr. and Dr. Lena Frances Edwards.
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  • Historically Black Colleges, Universities and High Schools with a Catholic Perspective

    What is an HBCU?
    The letters “HBCU” are an acronym for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. These schools were founded in the 1800s. The schools gave access to higher education to those who were denied acceptance to many colleges and universities prior to the Civil Rights Movement. The formal designation of an HBCU was given by the US Department of Education.  oday HBCUs serve students of all races. 

    There are 107 HBCUs in the United States. The oldest HBCU is Cheyney University in Pennsylvania founded in 1852.  The only Black Catholic HBCU in the United States is Xavier University of New Orleans.
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  • Celebrating the Achievements of African Americans

    Black History Month

    Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, is an annual celebration of African Americans' achievements and contributions to American History. The observance expanded from "Negro History Week," developed by Harvard educated historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.  In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford officially designated February as Black History Month. Since then, every United States president, along with Canada and the United Kingdom, acknowledge this month as a celebration of the culture and contributions of Africa's sons and daughters.

    Featured Scientist:  Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett: African American woman, is praised as key scientist behind the COVID-19 vaccine.

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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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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

Diversity Calendar

February 24: SHADES Club Liturgy

Lunar New Year - Year of the Ox

In 2021, the first day of the Lunar New Year (or Chinese New Year) will be on Friday, February 12, initiating the Year of the Ox. Notre Dame wishes all a Happy New Year!
    • Origin of the Year of the Ox

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.
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.
    • Dr. Ellie Ingbritsen

      New Service Learning & Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator

Dr. Ingbritsen's Freshman Presentation

Diversity and Inclusion Videos


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  • 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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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.