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Join Us February 17 for a Diversity & Inclusion Speaker Series Event with Dr. Milo Dodson

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Join us to hear Dr. Milo Dodson, PhD, Senior Staff Psychologist at the UC Irvine Counseling Center, discuss the warning signs from students who may be experiencing mental health challenges, how we might consider approaching conversations with them, and how classroom discussions can be inclusive and not re-activating/re-triggering for students’ mental health/social justice concerns.

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Diversity & Inclusion Speaker Series with Navajo Code Talker November 14

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Join Navajo Code Talker and Former Leader of the Navajo Nation, Peter MacDonald, Sr., for a talk about his experience serving in the South Pacific as a Navajo Code Talker and in North China with the Sixth Marine Division.

The Navajo Code is a unique World War II legacy. It was used in all Pacific battles to transmit top secret and confidential messages. The Navajo Code, commissioned by the United States Marine Corps, saved hundreds of thousands of lives and helped to shorten the war in the Pacific. It is the only military code in modern history to never be broken by the enemy.…

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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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