Building a Beloved Community

Notre Dame’s mission calls us to defend the dignity of every human person, promote a just society in which every person can flourish, and attend particularly to the needs of the most vulnerable.

For the Office of Institutional Transformation, this work starts at home, on our campus, by identifying ways to improve the experiences of our faculty, staff, and students and build a local instantiation of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s beloved community—one which dismantles systems of injustice and creates space for those who have traditionally been excluded. We partner with colleagues across campus to implement an integrated diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice strategy; collaborate more effectively to improve relationships and outcomes; and enhance our collective learning through a community of practice. Together, we can help the University more fully live out its ideals and become the truest, best version of itself. 

Statement of Principles

The University recognizes the urgent need to be intentional in constituting itself as a community of discovery and learning in which diverse voices are present and heard. In “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Institutional Transformation at the University of Notre Dame: A Brief Statement of Principles,” we provide more context about the foundation for our efforts and illustrate ways in which our work can be brought to life through various activities and initiatives campus-wide. Read the statement. 

What’s Your Next Step?

Each of us can help cultivate a more just, equitable, and inclusive Notre Dame and society. No next step is too small. Hear members of the Notre Dame family describe the actions they plan to take in the Walk the Walk Week 2024: What's Your Next Step? video.

Watch the video

Eve Kelly and Rev. Hugh Page in the Main Building