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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.


List of 5 news stories.

  • A Letter from Ms. Marx to SHADES Club Seniors

    ND Faculty Member and Moderator of the SHADES Club wrote this beautiful letter to Class of 2020 Club Members who graduated this past weekend.

    Dear Sabrina, Leon, Kyndal, Darius, De’Sirae, AJ, Gabby, Wade, Erika, Angela, Franny, Coleon, Cortaz, Katie and Paityn,

    Congratulations to the officers and leadership of the SHADES Club on your graduation yesterday! I am so proud of all that you have accomplished in your studies. I am just as proud of all you have accomplished outside of the classroom as leaders, light-bearers, and young prophets. Four years ago, Dr. Dwayne Proctor, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the NAACP and friend and mentor to the SHADES Club, challenged all of us to begin a Journey for Justice.
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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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  • Just Mercy-Bryan Stevenson

    The Notre Dame High School Book Club is reading the novel Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Part memoir, part exhortation for much-needed reform to the American criminal justice system, Just Mercy is an inspirational call-to-arms written by Stevenson who is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, an Alabama-based organization responsible for freeing or reducing the sentences of scores of wrongfully convicted individuals.
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  • Annual Cultural and Educational Field Trips

    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.
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Mia Abousabe '22

"At Notre Dame, my differences are cherished."

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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Celebrating Different Cultures

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
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.
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 below.

    • New Service Learning & Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator

      Dr. Ellie Ingbritsen

      New Service Learning & Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator

Diversity and Inclusion Videos


Winter/Spring 2020 Events

January 15
Just Mercy Book Club Meeting

Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative Project was introcuded. His organization is dedicated to representing marginalized people, who have experienced social injustice. A discussion on Just Mercy took place.

January 29
International Students

Some of our International students will be featured on morning announcements to highlight and educate, the ND School community about the Lunar New Year and Spring Festival.

January 30
A Mass of Social Justice and the Progress of Peoples will be hosted by The SHADES Club.

During Black History Month, our Media Specialist, Mrs. Repsik, and students from the ND Book Club, will introduce and highlight, various books written by black authors to the school community. Videos will be broadcast on ND TV on February 6, 13, 20 and 27.

February 5
Just Mercy Book Club
Club members will take a "Virtual Field Trip" to the The National Memorial for Peace and Justice created by the Equal Justice Initiative Project.  A discussion and final thoughts on Just Mercy will follow. There will also be a Just Mercy screening on a date to be determined.

February 24
Student-led Prayer Service for Black History Month during Activity Period.

February 27
ND will be showing the film, Harriet in the Library on February 27 at 6:30 p.m.

May 8

5th Annual SHADES Retreat

Fall 2019 Events

November 13, 2019
2019 Hoops for Hope

December 18, 2019
Just Mercy
ND Book Club holds first meeting introducing Bryan Stevenson, his TEDTalk, and his book.

Spring 2019 Events

April 5, 2019
4th Annual SHADES Retreat

May 21, 2019
The Class of 2022 participated in a conversation about the power of words with Dwayne Curry, Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a SHADES member and panelist, and a master of the spoken word.


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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