Progress Tracker

Please Note: The initiatives listed on this tracker are not an exhaustive list, rather they represent the events and initiatives we intend to accomplish but may be subject to change.

 

Departments

National Affairs and Political Engagement Disability Advocacy Title IX and Women's Initiatives Student Life
FUEL LGBTQ+ Sustainablity Community Outreach
Health and Wellness Academic Affairs Faith Race and Ethnicity
South Bend Engagement First-Gen Low-Income Campus Technology University Policy
International Engagement and Outreach      

Department of National Affairs & Political Engagement

Department Director: Ben Martin

Contact: bmarti27@nd.edu

Establish the Campus Political Council:

Acting as a round table discussion between the political groups on campus, each designated political club will provide a delegate to create an open forum that focuses on administrative needs and open communication, providing a greater reach among the student body for each political group.

Status: In Progress

Host Absentee Ballot Workshop:

Provide the student body with the opportunity to learn the many ins-and-outs of absentee ballots, including how to request absentee ballots, how to fill them out, and how to return them.

Status: Complete

Host Voter Registration Event:

Provide ample opportunities for the student body to register to vote through tabling events in spaces with high foot traffic, giving students relevant information pertaining to voting and the civic process to help bolster the percentage of eligible voters in the student body.

Status: Complete

Civic Engagement Week:

Provide voter registration resources and spaces for respectful civil discourse in an entertaining manner in this week devoted to civic engagement.

Status: Complete


Department of Diversity & Inclusion: Disability Advocacy

Department Director: Mary Grace Walsh

Contact: mwalsh42@nd.edu

Disability Advocacy Interactive Tabling:

A tabling event designed to educate about the built physical structures at Notre Dame and their level of accessibility. Students will have the opportunity to interact with and learn about several mobility aids used to navigate the physical environment of Notre Dame.

Status: Complete

Disability Roundtable Discussion:

Host a roundtable discussion with students, faculty and staff to discuss disability advocacy and areas for improvement.

Status: Complete

Inclement Weather Accessibility Ride Service:

Work to establish a ride service for inclement weather (namely, snow) for mobility aid-using students who cannot get around easily in inclement weather.

Status: In Progress

Accessibility Study Abroad Fellows:

Work with Notre Dame International to develop an opportunity for current study abroad students to gather information about the accessibility of study abroad locations for future students.   

Status: In Progress

Accessibility of Hall Signature/SUB Events:

Develop and distribute a comprehensive guide to event accessibility for large events hosted by student groups so that all can properly enjoy.

Status: In Progress

Social Media Accessibility:

Develop and distribute a comprehensive guide for accessible social media posting to all Student Union groups. 

Status: Complete

Accessible Campus Guide:

Improve and make more available the accessible campus map and guide.  

Status: In Progress


Department of Gender Relations: Title IX & Women's Initiatives

Department Director: Lena Dougherty

Contact: ldoughe2@nd.edu

Notre Dame Denim Day:

A day of action to show support for sexual violence prevention and awareness. Encourage Notre Dame students to support survivors through solidarity card singing, tabling and wearing denim.  Display signed solidarity cards in the Dining Halls throughout the month of April, Sexual Violence Awareness month.

Status: Complete

Title IX in Athletics:

Survey Notre Dame athletes to assess where Title IX education and resources need to be expanded within Notre Dame athletics.

Status: In Progress

Beyond the Blue Light Campaign:

Launch a campaign to inform students of the location of current blue lights and how to use them, what they should do if they are in danger and not near a blue light, and important safety features of the ND Safe app.

Status: In Progress

Women's Advocacy Week:

Host a week of programming during Women's History Month to celebrate female students.

Status: In Progress

Red Zone Awareness Week:

A week at the start of the academic year dedicated to educating the Notre Dame community about the Red Zone — the time between the start of the fall semester and Thanksgiving break where students on campus are most vulnerable to assault — and sharing Title IX, GRC, Callisto and CSAP resources.

Status: Complete

Red Zone Hall Council Presentations:

Provide a presentation to residence halls’ hall councils regarding the Red Zone and various resources available to students.

Status: Complete

Expanding Title IX & Consent Education:

Expand Title IX & Consent Education awareness, particularly during the matriculation period for first-years via Building Community the Notre Dame Way (BCND).

Status: Complete


Department of Student Life

Department Co-Directors: Nadim Khouzam and Sarah Mahoney

Contact: nkhouzam@nd.edu and smahone2@nd.edu

Flick on the Field:

Collaborate with the Student Union Board and Student Affairs to coordinate programming, food trucks, s’mores, and more for the annual Flick on the Field showing of “Rudy” to kick off the fall semester.

Status: Complete

Back to School Field Day:

Organize an outdoor extravaganza of games, prizes, food trucks, and more as a throwback to elementary and middle school excitement in the first few weeks back on campus!

Status: Complete

Campus Dining Improvements:

Collaborate with Campus Dining to increase fresh fruit offerings and improve the Grab & Go equity and offerings for students. 

Status: In Progress

Campus Dining Appreciation Week:

Recognize the dedication and hard work of our dining hall staff through tabling, gratitude banners, thank you cards and gifts, and a social media campaign.

Status: Complete

Relaunch Food Committee Meetings:

Increase student dialogue with Campus Dining by organizing frequent meetings between Student Life department members and the Campus Dining staff to further the dining wants and needs of the entire student body.

Status: Complete

Ice Skate Night:

Organize a free skate night in the Compton Ice Arena for the student body before winter break.

Status: Complete

Notre Dame Employee Appreciation:

Recognize the dedication and hard work of employees at Notre Dame who often go unseen, such as  groundspeople, snow plowers, janitors and more through tabling, gratitude banners, thank you cards and gifts, and a social media campaign.

Status: In Progress


First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership (FUEL)

Co-Directors: Alexandra Conley and Claire Crafts

Contact: aconley3@nd.edu and ccrafts@nd.edu

Assemble the 2023 - 2024 FUEL Cohort:

Select a group of twenty to twenty five students to participate in the yearlong FUEL program through an application and interview process.

Status: Complete

Assist FUELers in understanding Student Union through presentations and meetings:

Invite guests from leadership roles across the Student Union to speak about their responsibilities and experiences, and provide one-on-one networking opportunities between leaders and FUELers to ensure personalized wisdom is shared.

Status: Complete

Involve FUELers with Executive Cabinet Department work:

Pair each first year with a department and department director. Follow-ups will occur throughout the year to ensure full participation. 

Status: Complete

Develop FUEL subcommittees:

Assign subcommittees based on interests and involvements, and have each group responsible for hosting an event or an equivalent project by the end of the year to gain experience with Student Union leadership. 

Status: Complete

FUEL Service Day Projects:

Leaders will select and plan at least two service projects within South Bend to engage first year students with the surrounding community and build team comradery.

Status: In Progress

Enhance Professional Development of FUELers:

Hold at least two sessions on resume building, Linkedin development, networking, and other professional development skills.

Status: Complete

GreenDot, Micro-aggression training:

FUELers will be required to attend group GreenDot and Micro-aggression training. This is a general expectation of all members of Student Government as it helps to create a safer and more inclusive campus environment.

Status: In Progress

Post-FUEL planning:

There is no uniform expectation for what each FUELer plans to do after “graduating” from FUEL. However, in a culmination of all the lessons learned throughout the year, leaders request that FUELers reach out to and meet with 2 mentors/campus leaders as they discern what roles they would like to step into after FUEL.

Status: In Progress


Department of Gender Relations: LGBTQ+ Advocacy

Department Director: Greg Gehring

Contact: ggehring@nd.edu

Academic Enrichment in Course Offerings:

Expand course offerings within the Ways of Knowing Core Curriculum to encourage more students to engage with marginalized histories and stories. 

Status: In Progress

LGBTQ+ Safety Abroad:

Work with Notre Dame International and previous study abroad participants to host a discussion panel and compile a guide that helps LGBTQ+ students navigate potentially uncomfortable situations while abroad.

Status: In Progress

PrideFest:

Host PrideFest 2024 to celebrate LGBTQ+ students and their place on campus through a variety of programming to promote the right of each student to feel safe, welcomed and loved.

Status: In Progress

Safe Space Training:

Increase awareness of LGBTQ+ related concerns among faculty, staff, and the Notre Dame Police Department.

Status: In Progress


Department of Sustainability

Department Director: Lizzie Stifel

Contact: estifel@nd.edu

Enhance Green Move Out Practices:

Reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills during the move-out period in May, 2023 as college move-out is one of the events during the school year that produces the most waste.

Status: Complete

Sustainability Cup:

The Sustainability Cup is a great opportunity for students to learn what sustainability truly means and to contribute to environmentally-friendly initiatives and practices at Notre Dame. We plan to increase awareness around important environmental  issues and improve campus and student participation in sustainable practices.

Status: Complete

Net Zero Planning & Analysis:

Create a zero waste plan by collaborating with relevant administration and campus groups to formulate a strategy that reduces our campus’ impact on the environment.

Status: In Progress

Reduce Food Waste Consumption:

Work with Campus Dining to determine how students and sourcing companies alike can reduce food waste before and after food reaches our campus.  

Status: In Progress

Environmental Eats Awareness:

Increase awareness of environmentally friendly ways to eat both as a college student and in the post-grad world. 

Status: In Progress

Reuse and Repurpose Clothing Items:

Increase the lifespan of clothes by providing students with the opportunity to donate or swap the clothes they are done using. Additionally, we hope to encourage students to buy lightly-used clothing to decrease their footprint and save a little money! 

Status: In Progress


Department of Community Outreach

Department Director: Kate Jackowski

Contact: kjackows@nd.edu

Volunteer Fair:

Host a volunteer fair to expose students and the campus community to many of the wonderful service opportunities around South Bend. This fair will serve to aggregate many of the opportunities to serve the local community and to increase awareness of their availability. 

Status: Complete

Volunteer Database:

Aggregate service opportunities offered in the community at large as well as by the many service organizations on campus through the creation of a searchable and accessible database on the Student Government website.

Status: Complete

Back the Bend:

Host this annual University Day of Service in which Notre Dame students can engage in meaningful service and in solidarity with the South Bend community at large through projects with local community organizations.

Status: In Progress

High School Volunteer Interns:

Provide an internship opportunity for several local high school students to join the Department of Community Outreach. This will serve as a mentorship and leadership opportunity for the high schoolers and provide local insight and opinion to the department.

Status: Complete

Partnerships with Student Service Clubs:

Increase communication with campus student service clubs with the goal of creating cohesive and centralized information to make service and community involvement more accessible and less overwhelming for students

Status: Complete


Department of Health & Wellness

Department Co-Directors: Emma Prestage and Emma Ronck

Contact: epresta2@nd.edu and eronck@nd.edu

Wellness Expo:

Host an event in collaboration with UHS, the UCC and the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being to increase awareness of health and wellness-related resources on campus and how to access these resources and services.

Status: Complete

Seasonal Depression Prevention Event:

Host an event aimed to proactively combat seasonal depression on campus through education of best practices and relevant resources available to students. 

Status: Complete

De-Stress Events before Midterms/Finals:

Host events aimed toward offering healthy and fun resources to students during exam seasons to boost morale and improve overall wellness. 

Status: In Progress

Late Night Healthy Snack Options:

Increase awareness of the various health-related resources available to students, the services provided within each unit (McWell, UCC, and UHS), and how to access these resources.

Status: In Progress

Part Time Status for Students with Unexpected and Serious Health Conditions:

Work with the University to provide a part-time status policy option for students dealing with University approved cases of unexpected serious health or any other extraordinary circumstances in order to lessen their academic burden while remaining enrolled at the University.

Status: In Progress

Brain Foods Week:

Organize a week where Campus Dining offers “brain foods” that boost students' health while educating about the importance of proper nutrition for optimal brain function. 

Status: In Progress

Steps to Wellness Week:

Co-sponsor a week promoting positive health practices, where each day in the week corresponds to one stage of the University’s Step-Care Model.

Status: Complete

St. Liam’s Welcome Weekend Tours

Partner with UHS, UCC & McDonald Center for Well-Being to host a tour of St Liam’s for incoming first year students to learn more about on-campus health-related facilities and resources.

Status: Complete


Department of Academic Affairs

Department Director: Joey Kositzke

Contact: jkositzk@nd.edu

Confidential Experience Section within CIFs:

Reconstruct CIFs in a manner that provides greater privacy for students wishing to share negative classroom experiences, particularly protecting their identity from the professor.

Status: In Progress

Publicly Available Course Feedback:

During registration, provide students with a system to encounter input from those who have taken the course in the past to allow for students to make more informed decisions regarding their course selections.

Status: In Progress

Major Exploration Night:

A night of programming hosted in conjunction with the Center for University Advising (CUA) to help students across campus, particularly first years, discern their academic journey and other opportunities at Notre Dame.

Status: Complete

Teach@ND Day:

A collaborative effort to honor instructors across campus and their pedagogy through a day of discussion, celebration, and appreciation.

Status: Complete


Department of Faith

Department Director: Amir Khouzam

Contact: akhouzam@nd.edu

Host Fr. Mike Schmitz:

Invite Fr. Mike Schmitz to campus to deliver a talk on engaging contemporary Catholics in today’s society. Fr. Schmitz is an American Roman Catholic priest, speaker, author and podcaster, most known for his social media presence, particularly his YouTube channel and the Bible in A Year podcast.

Status: Complete

Lent Grotto Gatherings

Gather students at the Grotto in a larger group during the Lenten Season. The gatherings would include opportunities to commune in prayer in a larger group so as to foster a stronger and more faithful Notre Dame community.

Status: In Progress

Local Interfaith Series:

Invite leaders from local faith communities to discuss with students broad philosophical topics such as sin, suffering, conservation, and more to allow for engaging conversation among different faith traditions.

Status: In Progress

Dorm Sacrament Database:

Compile an exhaustive list of sacrament offerings around the campus community, particularly the dorms themselves, to disseminate to the student body through social media and the Student Government website.

Status: In Progress

9/11 Memorial Mass:

Host a Mass open to the public in the Basilica to commemorate the lives lost on September 11, 2001.  

Status: Complete

 


Department of Diversity & Inclusion: Race & Ethnicity

Department Director: Luzolo Matundu

Contact: lmatundu@nd.edu

Cultural Relations Week:

Host a week of events and celebrations with a keynote speaker in October that highlights a variety of different backgrounds and seeks to promote multiculturalism, racial awareness, inclusivity, and productive dialogue on campus and nationwide.

Status: Complete

Walk the Walk Week:

Following the full observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January, collaborate with the Office of the President to host a keynote speaker and a week of events dedicated to making Notre Dame a more inclusive place for people of all backgrounds, reflecting on progress to achieve equality, and facilitating a service project in South Bend. 

Status: Complete

Establishing Guidelines for Hall DEI Commissioners:

Provide all hall DEI commissioners a standardized set of guidelines and recommendations for hosting programming within their hall, promoting DEI events around campus, and highlighting initiatives on campus. 

Status: Complete

Stand Up Speaker Series

Host a variety of speakers for thought-provoking and fruitful discussions at least once a month to appreciate and promote visibility of different racial and ethnic groups.

Status: In Progress


Department of South Bend Engagement

Department Director: Anna Jang

Contact: yjang2@nd.edu

South Bend Monthly Digest:

Provide a monthly source of content and information about events and going-ons in the South Bend area. This will be a reliable space for students to find news about local events, highlighted businesses, and South Bend Engagement Events.

Status: Complete

South Bend Coffee Shop Event:

Pay homage to the wide range of local coffee shops, cafés, and coffee companies in the greater South Bend area by hosting an on-campus event that invites ND coffee lovers to taste local roasts while supporting local coffee businesses. 

Status: Complete

South Bend Farmer’s Market:

Host a farmer’s market where students will be able to purchase produce, flowers, art, and other goods made by local farmers and small businesses in the South Bend area. Take a break in the middle of your day to enjoy local goods and products and get to know locally sourced food in our region.

Status: Complete

Taste of South Bend:

Organize a display of local restaurants and other local vendors across various ethnic and cultural cuisines to showcase the diversity of flavors found in South Bend. Students can walk around to different food booths to receive free tastings from different restaurants to explore the restaurant scene of South Bend right from campus.

Status: In Progress

High School Volunteer Interns:

Provide an internship opportunity for several local high school students to join the Department of South Bend Engagement. This will serve as a mentorship and leadership opportunity for the high schoolers and provide local insight and opinion to the department.

Status: Complete

Promotion of South Bend Restaurant Week:

Promote South Bend’s annual Restaurant Week to encourage students to learn about local restaurants through set course meals and cheaper prices at South Bend’s finest establishments.

Status: Complete


Department of Diversity & Inclusion: First Generation Low Income

Department Director: Cheyenne Stewart

Contact: cstewar8@nd.edu

FGLI Workshop Series: 

Host and promote a variety of workshops, including Football 101, Mindfulness, Career Readiness, and Personal Finance to support FGLI students as they get accustomed to life at Notre Dame and plan for the future.

Status: Complete

Promote Educational Advising Opportunities through the Transformational Leadership Program (TLP):

Work with the TLP’s Educational Outreach Specialists to promote academic resources for FGLI students.

Status: In Progress

Advocate for Subsidization of Summer Classes:

Work with the Office of Student Enrichment, Notre Dame International, and other departments to support students in need of additional funding for classes over the summer and establish a clear list of requirements that must be met for students to receive said funding.

Status: In Progress

Study Abroad FGLI Student Panel:

Host a panel during Study Abroad Week to support FGLI students who wish to study abroad by providing a discussion panel including the perspectives of past FGLI students who have study abroad experiences.

Status: Complete

FGLI Week:

Promote FGLI faculty, students, and information on campus through a variety of social events, merchandise, and informational sessions.  Hold a formal Golden Generation Dinner at the end of the week to close out celebrations and show appreciation and support to all FGLI students on campus

Status: Complete


Department of Campus Technology & Innovation

Department Director: Hannah Long

Contact: hlong3@nd.edu

Finalize UCC Wait-Time Tracker:

Work to finalize the implementation of the UCC Wait-Time Tracker.

Status: In Progress

Cybersecurity Training + Awareness Campaign Workshops:

Create programming and workshops aimed at educating students about cybersecurity risks.

Status: In Progress

Finalize the transition to MobileIDs:

Work to expedite the deployment process of MobileIDs.

Status: In Progress

Establish the “Let’s Make it Happen” Form on the Website:

Create an avenue for students to give feedback on the Student Government Website where they can submit meaningful ideas, events, or initiatives.

Status: Complete

Volunteer Opportunities Database:

Finalize implementation of the Volunteer Opportunities Database, a database with service opportunities in the local Michiana area, on the Student Government Website.

Status: Complete


Department of University Policy

Department Director: Anna Dray

Contact: adray@nd.edu

NDPD Table Talks:

Collaborate with Police Chief Shibata and other campus safety offices to host an event during which NDPD can build communicative relationships with students while addressing their philosophy, services, and other concerns from the student survey.

Status: Complete

NDPD Data Collection:

Create and distribute a survey of the student body through tabling events to assess current perceptions of the NDPD and campus safety services. Use this data to formulate a report for NDPD.

Status: Complete

Coffee Chats:

Revamp and publicize the Coffee Chats initiative to encourage students to meet with and get to know their professors.

Status: Complete

Residence Hall Gym Renovations:

Follow through on efforts to improve the quality of residence hall exercise facilities by collaborating with RecSports, Residential Life, Life Fitness, and Hall Presidents. Advocate for the implementation of a residence hall gym standard to bridge disparities in facility quality across campus.

Status: Complete

Provide a Student Transportation Service:

Enhance student safety and access to transportation through a collaborative partnership between Notre Dame and reputable ride-share services. Utilize benchmarking with peer universities and student surveying to support a system where Notre Dame subsidizes student rides. 

Status: In Progress


Department of International Engagement & Outreach

Department Director: Bernice Antoine

Contact: bantoine@nd.edu

International 101 Workshops:

Host personal and professional development sessions to help international students navigate the American system, including topics on navigating the American job system, South Bend transportation, American sports and culture, and more. 

Status: Complete

Create the International Student Handbook:

Consolidate a list of the unique resources needed to thrive on campus such as information on academic, financial and health related resources. 

Status: In Progress

International Student Career Professional Development Panel:

Empower international students with the knowledge to best apply themselves throughout their academic and professional endeavors by exposing them to international graduated students from different industries who will share how they navigated the recruitment process.

Status: Complete

Establish the International Student Mentor Pairing Program:

Establish a mentorship program that will facilitate meaningful connections between current and incoming international students to help bolster the international community.

Status: Complete

International Student Showcase:

Host a showcase featuring presentations form various student cultural groups on campus to celebrate the diversity of culture at Notre Dame.

Status: In Progress