Diversity at Notre Dame

hesburgh_mlk.jpgThe Rev. Theodore M Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. linking hands in solidarity during a civil rights rally at Soldier Field in Chicago in 1964.

The University of Notre Dame has a long-standing commitment to diversity and social justice. We recognize that an academic community must be diverse in gender, race and ethnicity, country of origin, socio-economic group, and religion to be a community rich in perspectives, learning, and culture. The variegated texture of Notre Dame prepares graduate students to live and work in a world that is global in reach and diverse in composition.

We build and maintain diversity by devoting significant resources to recruitment of students from underrepresented populations and by providing incentives to programs that successfully attract and admit diverse students. The Graduate School also provides competitive fellowships to promote diversity. U.S. citizens or permanent residents seeking admission to any division of the Graduate School who are first-generation, low-income college students and/or who are African American, Asian American, Hispanic, or Native American are eligible for nomination by their departments. Participants in Ronald E. McNair programs across the U.S. will automatically satisfy these eligibility requirements.

“We strive to be a university in which we not only learn from the various backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives of others, but also form a community. . .in which the gifts of each individual enrich the lives of every individual.”

Reverend John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President of the University of Notre Dame
Address to the Faculty, September 16, 2008

The Graduate School participates in consortia such as the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT), National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Science and Engineering (GEM), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES), all of which promote graduate education for minorities. We are also strongly receptive to applicants from the nation’s McNair programs.

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