The Department of University Affairs conducted research into the price visibility proposal for the Huddle Mart, creating and sending a survey to 1,200 students about price issues in the Huddle. Several representatives from the Department met with Food Services, and agreed to improve price visibility in the Huddle by the middle of December. The Department of University Affairs will continue to collaborate with Food Services to ensure price visibility long term.
What We're Doing
The Just Ask Campaign is an ACC-wide campaign with a focus on raising mental health awareness. We are encouraging all members of the Notre Dame student body to be aware of their friends and peers and if they sense that something is wrong, to "Just Ask" and be aware of the resources available on campus. We've highlighted the University Counseling Center (ucc.nd.edu) and the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being. Additionally we are exploring ways to expand the conversation about mental heath on campus with a focus on improving the Mind, one of the pillars of a Holy Cross education.
Onward is the Student Government moderated online forum that gives students a place to post ideas or ask questions, engage in discussion, and put their ideas into action to improve Our Lady’s University. Onward operates under a problem-solution model, encouraging students to format posts that generate constructive discussion that promotes action. Under development since last April, Student Government launched Onward in late September. The forum is moderated by the Department of Constituent Services, which keeps a watchful eye on the forum, ensuring that Onward remains a constructive environment, suitable for improving the University.
One of the Vidal-Devine administration's ﬁrst initiatives, Political Brew brings together politically-focused students to watch Meet the Press and discuss current events over bagels and coffee. The monthly meetups facilitate lively conversation between students with differing views and foster an inclusive intellectual environment on campus.
Student Government is jumpstarting a Financial Literacy program that aims to provide a basic financial foundation for all students of Notre Dame, no matter what grade level or major. The first installment is a one-day session where we will be having representatives from the Office of Financial Aid and 1st Source Bank present on a variety of topics (credit, student budgeting, loans, etc.). These presentations look to provide a basic understanding of important financial topics that are directly applicable to college students. Other events include a three day session in the spring that will cover an even wider range of topics. This initiative looks to bring forth the topics of finance so that students can begin to understand finance before they enter the real world where all these topics will become applicable
Twice a year, Student Government reports to the University's Board of Trustees on a topic that Student Government selects. On October 15, student government leaders presented a report on the current state of sexual violence at Notre Dame and how the University can further work to solve the issue. The report focused on campus conversation surrounding sexual violence, the issue's trajectory of change, the role alcohol plays in sexual violence and a process overview. It concluded with recommendations on how to prevent sexual violence on campus and how to improve the reporting and navigating the Title IX process.
In addition to reports, Student Government also submits memos to the Board on specific issues. Over the summer, a memo was submitted with further details on issues brought up by the previous administration's reports on mental health and student stress. This report analyzes specific high risk groups on campus, such as the LGBT community and racial and ethnic minority groups, and suggested changes to address issues specific to each. Through extensive research, the memo also identified parental education, faculty training, and improved referral processes to improve mental health treatment on campus.
It's On Us is the student-run Notre Dame version of a national campaign to end sexual assault and other types of power based interpersonal violence on campus. The campaign puts an emphasis on students and other members of the University community taking ownership of the issue. It's On Us strives to encourage people to realize that each of them have the tools and ability to make a difference. As the saying goes, "No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something."
The principal functions of CUAA are to provide review and promote discussion on the general academic policies and regulations of the University as they relate to the undergraduate student body; to discuss the various undergraduate programs of study offered by Colleges, schools, and departments; and to conceive, develop, and suggest complementary institutional policies and practices that are congruent with undergraduate students’ academic needs. The committee is comprised of one academic commissioner from each residence hall, a representative from diversity council, two undergraduate representatives from Academic Council, and Academic Affairs department members.
CUAA meets monthly in the Notre Dame Room of LaFortune. Meetings are open to the student body and proposals for agenda items can be sent to Bridget Rickard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This fall, the Department of Community Relations hosted a Quad Market as an official installment of Welcome Weekend. The Quad Market showcased local vendors from the South Bend area and offered some of the best produce, baked goods, and other novelties made and sold by South Bend businesses. Unlike the Quad Market hosted by last year's administration, we invited an almost entirely different batch of vendors to participate--thus, extending our networking and differentiating the products offered. Our vendors included Macri's Italian Bakery, Disterheft Farms, Unity Gardens, South Bend Woodworks, Heaven Help Us Pastries, Breadsmith, and the Mayor's Office.
We hope to have all these terrific vendors--as well as the great vendors from the past year--back for a larger Quad Market at some point during our spring semester. One of the main tenets of our mission as the Department of Community Relations is integrating campus life with community life. We see this exchange as profitable for the South Bend small business community as well as the Notre Dame family. This is just one step in getting a closer and seamless partnership between South Bend and Notre Dame.