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How a Notre Dame faculty member and alumnus are connecting black students to financial services firms — and helping them land jobs and internships 

After Kaleem Minor graduates with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the College of Arts and Letters this spring, he’ll head to California for a job he’d never dreamed of.  In fact, less than a year ago, the soon-to-be analyst for a $35 billion alternative investment firm knew next to nothing about the world of finance. A trip over spring break last year changed his perspective — and his career path. Minor was one of 16 black Notre Dame students who participated in an “alternative investment trek” to the West Coast to learn more about careers in the financial services industry. 

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Africana Studies Professors Maria McKenna, Richard Pierce tapped to lead AnBryce Scholars Initiative

Maria McKenna and Richard Pierce have been appointed co-directors of the AnBryce Scholars Initiative at the University of Notre Dame, a scholar leaders program supporting first-generation college students who demonstrate great promise in the face of challenging life circumstances.

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How two very different majors — Africana studies and biology — help Shelene Baiyee understand the world

Shelene Baiyee’s time at Notre Dame has been characterized by connection – whether it’s with faculty, other students, or seemingly unrelated subject matters. The rising senior may be busy with clubs, service, research, and more, but never loses sight of what drives her forward — the connection between it all. “It’s really important, especially as a black female in America, to understand the history of race in America, and to acknowledge a lot of history that has been left out of history books,” she said. “Having two extremely different majors allows you to see the interconnectedness of certain topics and life in general, because what you can understand through science can be aided by history.”

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Norman Francis, legendary civil rights and higher education leader, to receive 2019 Laetare Medal

Norman C. Francis, longtime beloved president of Xavier University of Louisiana, will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2019 Laetare Medal — the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics — at Notre Dame’s 174th University Commencement Ceremony on May 19.
 

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Africana Studies Professor Discusses "Black Panther"

The upcoming release of the new Black Panther film has many people excited.  Recently, WSBT news checked in with Africana Studies Professor, Dr. Jacquetta Page to unpack the cultural and social significance of the film.  Black Panther is the first major motion picture to feature a black director and an almost exclusively black cast.  Moreover, as a recent Time Magaizine piece noted, "Black Panther

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Africana studies alumna wins MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant

Nikole Hannah-Jones, a 1998 Notre Dame graduate, has won a fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation — commonly known as a “Genius” Grant. Hannah-Jones, who majored in history and African American studies (now Africana studies), is an investigative reporter for The New York Times Magazine, covering issues of racial inequality, especially in education. In 2015, she produced three Peabody Award-winning radio stories for This American Life illustrating how school desegregation can lessen the achievement gap between white children and students of color, and her first-person article, “Worlds Apart: Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City,” won a 2017 National Magazine Award.

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Book tells stories of African-Americans who integrated University of Notre Dame

NOTRE DAME, IN, May 10, 2017—Black Domers: African-American Students at Notre Dame in Their Own Words edited by Don Wycliff and David Krashna tells the compelling story of racial integration at the University of Notre Dame in the post–World War II era. In a series of seventy-five essays, beginning with the first African-American to graduate from Notre Dame in 1947 to a member of the class of 2017 who also served as student body president, we can trace the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of the African-American experience at Notre Dame through seven decades.

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Dianne M. Pinderhughes Honored with Mentorship Legacy Award

Dr. Dianne Pinderhughes

Dr. Dianne Pinderhughes was honored by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists last spring with the creation of the Dianne M. Pinderhughes Mentorship Legacy Award. This award will be given to a deserving undergraduate student attendee each year by the NCBPS to honor Dr. Pinderhughes' longstanding commitment to mentoring of students and the discipline of Political Science.  She is an ardent supporter and past President of NCOBPS from 1988-1989, as well as the first African American female President of the American Political Science Association from 2007-2008. In 2016, she served as First Vice President of the International Political Science Association and Program Co-Chair for its 2016 World Congress in Poznan, Poland…

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Professor Stuart Greene on Equity in American Education

Professor Stuart Greene recently penned a thoughtful analysis of how we frame educational equity in the United States for Oxford University Press's Academic Insights for the Thinking World.  

Stuart Greene

He notes, " To reinvigorate the notion of equity and re-imagine schools, it is important to underscore (a) the equitable distribution of material, emotional, and economic resources to ensure that children have the capacity to direct the course of their own lives in healthy, safe environments in and out of school; (b) the value of inclusion in making critical decisions about the processes underlying the distribution of these resources; (c) the importance of developing measures of assessment that account for what it means to teach for social justice and challenges the limits of assessment rooted in the nation’s economic well being; and (d) the need to leverage the law to center justice as a value in education.  In the end, education as a civil right acknowledges the power inherent in education, promotes inclusion, and values an asset-based approach to education that acknowledge the worth of all children.…

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Notre Dame community comes together to celebrate diversity

University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. and the President’s Oversight Committee on Diversity and Inclusion invited the Notre Dame community to take time on on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and in the week that followed—which we have come to call Walk the Walk Week—to both celebrate the diversity that currently exists on our campus and reflect on how might we each take an active role in making Notre Dame even more welcoming and inclusive

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