Progress Tracker

The Student Government Progress Tracker is a display of the development of Executive Cabinet initiatives. We are working hard to make our community a better place in every area that affects the student experience. Check back often for updates, and please reach out to any Department Directors or Members of Executive Leadership if you have any questions or suggestions.

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 Tech University Policy

Department of National Affairs and Political Engagement

Department Director: Quinn Akerman

Contact: jakerman@nd.edu

Civic Engagement Week

Provide voter registration resources for the student body and campus political engagement through local speakers and tri-club events.

Status: In Progress

South Bend Politics

Engage the student body with local politics through a series of local speakers and resources.

Status: In Progress

Political Council Newsletter

Create a monthly newsletter highlighting local, national, and international news headlines taken from the perspectives of different political clubs on campus.

Status: Completed

New Voter Awareness Drive

Create and  distribute resources and registration information for our new first year class pertaining to their first time voting.

Status: Completed


Department of Diversity & Inclusion - Disability Advocacy

Department Director: Jill Maudlin

Contact: jmaudlin@nd.edu

Accessible Social Events:

Create guides on how to host accessible events, such as SYRs and formals, and distribute these to Hall Presidents and relevant club leaders.

Status: Completed

ASL Resources:

Work with the administration to bring an ASL interpreter to large Welcome Weekend events and other appropriate University events.

Status: Completed

Ally Poster Campaign:

Run an educational poster campaign regarding how the members of the university can be allies to the disabled community.

Status: Completed

Accessible Social Media:

Work with administrators to ensure all University of Notre Dame official Instagram accounts meet accessibility requirements.

Status: In Progress

Mentorship:

Host mentorship events after admissions releases and after first-years arrive on campus to answer questions and walk them through the accommodations process.

Status: Completed

Accessible Seating

Include accessible seating options on the athletic department's website.

Status: Completed


Department of Gender Relations - Title IX and Women's Initiatives 

Department Director: Lane Obringer

Contact: lobringe@nd.edu

Denim Day:

Host an event to educate the student about the history of denim day and stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence on Tuesday, April 19th.

Status: Completed

Callisto Implementation:

Work with Callisto to hire Campus Champion and promote services that work in collaboration with the current government-regulated Title IX policies. Continue to increase awareness of Callisto by implementing education into Moreau FYI, Welcome Weekend, and Hall Council presentations.

Status: Completed

Safety After Parietals:

Continue Safety After Parietals campaign efforts to ensure that students who feel trapped in unsafe situations feel comfortable leaving even after parietal hours. Make this information known through CSAP and SAO.

Status: Completed

Raise the Bar:

Research and benchmark with other universities with similar initiatives. Compile comprehensive bystander intervention training for bar staff in the local South Bend area.

Status: Completed

Back to School Safety:

 Implement a Back to School Safety campaign, educating students about the increased risk of sexual violence during the first months of school.

Status: Completed

Pregnancy Aid:

Collaborate with the Family Resource Center to promote available resources from the St. Liam's, UCC, UHS, and local South Bend community for expecting mothers.

Status: Completed

50th Anniversary of Title IX:

Host an educational event about Title IX and the fight for equality in women’s academics, athletics, and more. 

Status: In Progress

 

Survivor Mass:

Hosted mass, celebrated by Fr. Pete, for survivors of gender-based violence, giving them a space to feel comforted and supported in healing

Status: Completed

 

Gender Equity Town Hall:

Survey 16 women's and 5 men's residence halls about their experience of gender equity or inequity in campus life.

Status: In Progress

 

SpeakOut:

Provide survivors and allies of sexual assault an opportunity to share their stories via the in-person event or proxy form.

Status: In Progress

 

Survey:

Solicit feedback about the Title IX and Office of Institutional Equity reporting process and share the results in a confidential report.

Status: In Progress


Department of Student Life

Department Co-Directors: Sarah Mahoney and Mary Massman

Contact: smahone2@nd.edu and mmassma2@nd.edu

Flick on the Field:

Work with Student Union Board and Student Affairs to coordinate programming for annual Flick on the Field showing of Rudy to kick off the fall semester.

Status: Completed

Ice Skate Night:

Organize a skate night in the Compton Ice Arena either before or after Christmas break that is free to the student body, with food and beverages served.

Status: In Progress

Dining Staff Appreciation Week:

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

Status: Completed

Adopt a Dorm - Transfers and Gateway:

Pair gateway and transfer students with a Notre Dame dorm for community events such as hall council, signature events, formals, and more. Strengthen sense of belonging for students by bringing them into the residential life community at Notre Dame.

Status: In Progress

Art Showcase Initiative:

Partner with the Snite Museum to host events on art education and empowerment to enrich the student body.

Status: Completed

Study Abroad Advocacy:

Provide an outlet for student voices and experiences with study abroad to enrich the experiences of others in the future. Supplement resources for students to ensure an optimal transition to education abroad.

Status: In Progress

Dining Hall Modification:

Work with Campus Dining to provide and promote food of higher quality and nutrition for students in North and South Dining Hall, inducing shorter lines, a wider variety of options, and a greater flexibility of meal plan options.

Status: In Progress

Enhancing Residential Life:

Provide opportunities for students to provide feedback to Residential Life in an informal setting through a coffee and donuts social as well as a FAQ/suggestion box email, which would increase visibility of residential life and provide opportunities for student engagement.

Status: Completed


First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership (FUEL)

Co-Directors: Joey Kositzke and AnnahMarie Behn

Contact: jkositzk@nd.edu and abehnlin@nd.edu

Assemble the FUEL Team:

Promote FUEL to incoming first-years and send out applications in a timely manner. Review applications and conduct interviews in a holistic manner to determine this upcoming year’s FUEL members.

Status: Completed

Assist FUELers in gaining an understanding of the Student Union:

Present the intricacies of Student Government and other executive leadership organizations, including their purpose, their workload, and their application process. Be a resource for the first-years and any questions they may have regarding the Student Union.

Status: Completed

Involve FUELers first-hand experience with department work:

Assign every FUELer to another Student Government department which matches their interests. Ensure each FUELer is introduced to the department leader and is included in regular meetings as a member.

Status: Completed

Develop FUEL committees and guide each to their established goals:

Break up members of FUEL into 5 departments of unique pursuits and guide them to create a long-term goal for the year they seek to accomplish. Manage each group as the year progresses and be a resource to ensure they stay on track and maintain accountability.

Status: In Progress


Department of Gender Relations - LGBTQ+ Advocacy

Department Director: Briana Chappell

Contact: bchappel@nd.edu

Representation in UCC Staff:

Partner with the UCC to increase LGBTQ+ representation in their staff so that LGBTQ+ students feel as though they have a representative support system that they are comfortable sharing their personal life and experiences with.

Status: In Progress

Hall Staff Training:

Collaborate with PrismND to develop hall staff training to better meet the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community and accompany all students as they navigate diverse lived experiences. This will include resources for students, action steps available to take, and guidance on seeking professional help.

Status: In Progress

Moreau Materials with Appropriate Language:

Due to the lack of LGBTQ+ programming in the current Moreau curriculum, we intend to reach out to the proper staff and administration to express the need for more resources on allyship, intersectionality, and LGBTQ+ experiences in the curriculum.

Status: In Progress

Abroad Safety:

Using research and student testimonials, compile both a guide and a student panel to help LGBTQ+ students navigate the cultural differences of various abroad locations and guide them in their discernment.

Status: In Progress

Mentorship Program with the GRC:

Collaborate with the Gender Relations Center (GRC), along with ARC ND (Notre Dame’s LGBTQ+ alumni association) to facilitate the revitalization of the LGBTQ+ peer mentorship program and the spread of the Active Ally Training to residence halls.

Status: Completed

PrideFest:

Host PrideFest 2023 and ensure that this event returns annually to celebrate LGBTQ+ students and their place on campus. Promote the right of each student on this campus to feel safe, welcomed, and loved through speakers, a dedicated mass, and time of fellowship.

Status: In Progress


Department of Sustainability

Department Director: Nick Albrinck

Contact: nalbrinc@nd.edu

Material Waste Reduction:

Properly implement recycling systems in dorm buildings and reintroduce recycling strategies in all campus buildings. Develop and implement pervasive behavioral material waste reduction strategies.

Status: In Progress

Sustainable Investing:

Create a communication campaign to promote sustainable investing, including a social media campaign and an ESG-themed event. Keep the Notre Dame student body informed on the state of sustainable investing in collaboration with the Endowment Office.

Status: In Progress

Energy Use:

Drive both behavioral and facility energy use reduction strategies on campus through partnerships with administrative and student groups. Promote and support the use of the Campus Energy Use Dashboard being launched in the Fall.

Status: In Progress

Dining Sustainability:

Ensure verification and labeling of Campus Dining sourcing information and Continuation of the expansion of vegetarian and vegan options in the dining halls.

Status: In Progress

Net Zero Planning and Analysis: 

Foster analysis and engagement of the University's Net Zero plan by the campus community.

Status: In Progress

Upcycling Event:

Host an event selling second-hand apparel for the campus community to sustainably discard and purchase clothing options.

Status: In Progress

Sustainability Cup:

Create a dorm-based competition to promote sustainable living practices in a community setting.

Status: Completed


Department of Community Outreach

Department Director: Lala Petty

Contact: cpetty@nd.edu

Select our “Community Building Experience” high school volunteer interns:

These students will receive experience in community building and collegiate student government, and a chance to build their resumes. Additionally, mentorship will be provided throughout this community outreach opportunity.

Status: Completed

Back the Bend:

Partner with local South Bend community organizations to host a school-wide day of service.

Status: In Progress

Game Time:

Invite Notre Dame students and local 5th-8th grade students to engage in a team-based game fundraising event where they can register a team, compete, and win prizes. Donate the proceeds to the Local Cup SB, a pay-it-forward coffee shop.

Status: Completed

Empowered students, empower students:

Inviting 3 community leaders in South Bend to be on a panel and host group discussions for college students about leadership skills in the community, physical and mental health, and the benefit of service in order to grow individually and then elevate as a community.

Status: In Progress


Department of Health and Wellness

Department Director: Sisy Chen

Contact: schen27@nd.edu

Extension of the University’s subscription to Calm and TimelyCare:

Increase student utilization of these free, accessible services which aid their mental and physical health.

Status: Completed

Code Red Initiative:

Provide free menstrual hygiene products at high-traffic bathrooms in order to reduce financial stress and gender inequity surrounding menstrual hygiene product cost and accessibility.

Status: In Progress

Brain Foods Week:

Provide a new "brain food” every day of one week for students to boost their mental and physical health via foods that are known to increase cognitive function. Use this week as an avenue to allow Campus Dining and Student Government to gauge student reception to different “brain foods” to open the door to expand this initiative in the future.

Status: In Progress

Health & Well-Being Resources Fair:

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: Completed

Health and Wellness Unit Representatives:

Create comprehensive training of the various departments within the health and wellness unit for student leaders on campus so they can act as a representative for the various communities they serve. Disseminate information regarding relevant mental health, physical health, and wellbeing resources for students.

Status: Completed

UCC Wait Time Tracking Platform:

Establish a wait-time tracking system where students can see current estimated wait times for walk-in appointments, sign up for appointments with greater ease, and know what to expect when going to the UCC for a counseling session

Status: In Progress

Midterms De-Stress Event:

Provide a space for students to decompress from their pre-midterms stress. Give away goodie bags filled with items for students to focus on self-care and wellbeing, and offer free fresh-fruit smoothies; disseminate vital information about health and wellbeing resources on campus.

Status: Completed

Suicide Healing and Memorial Prayer Service:

Welcome all Notre Dame faculty, staff, and students to join together in a space of healing and reflection at the memorial prayer service at the Grotto, in honor of National Suicide Prevention Month (September).

Status: Completed

DineTogether ND:

Create designated areas in both North and South Dining Hall for those who want to share a meal and get to know someone new. Increase community on campus and boost students' social, mental, and emotional well-being.

Status: Completed


Department of Academic Affairs

Department Director: Isabella Garcia

Contact: igarcia5@nd.edu

Coffee Chats with Faculty:

Reinstating the opportunity for students to receive funding to meet with faculty members

Status: In Progress

Exploration Week:

A week of programming organized to help students across campus, particularly first years, discern their academic journey and other opportunities at Notre Dame. Events executed in collaboration with First Year Advising, academic departments, and the Center for Career Development.

Status: Completed

Teach at ND Day:

Collaborative effort with the Kaneb Center for Teaching Excellence to honor instructors across campus and their pedagogy through a day of discussion, celebration, and appreciation.

Status: Completed


Department of Faith

Department Director: Ben Nash

Contact: bnash2@nd.edu

Host Bishop Robert Barron:

Bishop Robert Barron is an acclaimed author and speaker and is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. His talk is sure to inspire conversation regarding the intersection of faith and reason, as well as the phenomenon of religious disaffiliation.

Status: In Progress

Host Vocations Fair:

Where is God calling me? The vocations fair will provide an opportunity for students to encounter the diversity of vocations in the Church—religious life, consecrated life, priesthood, marriage, missionary work, and more.

Status: In Progress

Provide opportunities to learn about the Catholic Mass:

These events will provide Catholic and non-Catholic students alike with a deeper understanding of the Catholic Mass. The goal of these events is to promote meaningful engagement in worship, particularly in residence halls, as well as to provide fodder for interfaith dialogue.

Status: In Progress

Provide Hallow App Free of Charge:

Provide the Hallow app, a Catholic Christian prayer and meditation app created by Notre Dame graduates, free of the standard monthly charge.

Status: Completed

Strengthen the Interfaith Council:

Last year was the inaugural year for the Interfaith Council, and we intend to bolster it significantly this year. The Interfaith Council is a place where students, faculty, and administrators can engage in substantive interfaith dialogue, and it aids Student Government in advocating for the needs of people of all faiths.

Status: In Progress

Faith-Inclusive Database:

Create a database of all faith-based student organizations and their programming, as well as transportation options for off-campus worship.

Status: In Progress

Equitable Access to the Sacraments between Genders:

 Men's and women's dorms do not presently have comparable access to the Sacraments. We will advocate for more frequent Mass, adoration, confession, and spiritual direction opportunities in women's dorms, and work with spirituality commissioners from both men's and women's dorms to equip them for ministry in their communities.

Status: In Progress


Department of Diversity and Inclusion - Race and Ethnicity

Department Co-Directors: Faith Woods and Eliza Smith

Contact: fwoods2@nd.edu and esmith43@nd.edu

Race Relations Week:

Host a week of speakers, events, mass, and celebrations that seek to promote racial awareness and productive dialogue in regards to race relations on campus and nationwide.

Status: Completed

Walk the Walk Week:

In following with the full observance of MLK day, host a week of events dedicated to making Notre Dame a more inclusive place for people of all backgrounds. Include a service event in South Bend.

Status: In Progress

Promotion of Dedicated Months:

Utilize various communication methods to inform students of the months that celebrate different racial and ethnic groups, supplemented by history and information regarding each group.

Status: In Progress

NASAND Collaboration:

Collaborate with Native American Student Association of Notre Dame to host events which celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Native American tribes and inform students of Native American influence in the founding of this University.

Status: Completed

UCC Representatives:

Work with the University Counseling Center to increase the offerings of counselors who are able to meet the unique needs of students of color.

Status: In Progress

MiND Training:

Assist the Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS) in promoting participation in MiND training which seeks to educate students on microaggressions and give them the tools to be active allies to people of color.

Status: In Progress


Department of South Bend Engagement

Department Director: Quinn McKenna

Contact: qmckenna@nd.edu

Farmers Market on the Quad:

Host a farmers market on campus, inviting South Bend vendors to come to campus.

Status: Completed

South Bend Passport:

Create a guide to South Bend which includes restaurants, coffee shops, shopping, and other commercial offerings to familiarize Notre Dame students with the city they live in.

Status: In Progress

Hall Council Information:

Provide hall leadership with slides which inform students of different activities happening around South Bend each week to show at hall councils.

Status: Completed

South Bend Guest Speaker:

Host a community partner on campus for a presentation and student Q&A to discuss the relationship between Notre Dame and South Bend in an effort to educate students about their broader community.

Status: In Progress

Taste of South Bend:

Host an event providing students the opportunity to sample dishes from many local restaurants.

Status: In Progress


Department of Diversity and Inclusion - First-Generation Low-Income

Department Director: Tavin Martin

Contact: lmarti25@nd.edu

Academic Advising:

Work with First Year Advising to increase and promote resources provided to FGLI students as they transition to university life.

Status: In Progress

Office of Student Enrichment Collaboration:

Work with the Office of Student Enrichment to support and promote their events which are open to the entire student body, such as "Cooking on a Budget" and “Investing with Carl Ackermann”.

Status: In Progress

FGLI Faculty Pins:

On November 8th, National First Generation Day, we will provide pins to faculty who identify as First Generation in order to create a community of support and visibility for First Generation students on campus.

Status: Completed

Football 101: ND Edition:

This event was hosted to inform members of the Transformational Leadership Program about the basics of football and Notre Dame’s specific game day traditions such as chants, band walks, signature events, and overall ND spirit. Additionally, to ensure these students feel welcomed and included in the Notre Dame Community, we supplied “Game Day Swag Bags” to the students that included The Shirt, necklace beads, sunscreen, clear fanny packs, and many other game day amenities gifted by various organizations on campus.

Status: Completed

Registration Night Q&A:

Hosted a virtual event to assist students in registering for classes. Incoming students were able to talk one-on-one with current students to receive real, unfiltered advice on the college course registration process.

Status: Completed

Golden Generation: First Under the Dome:

The Golden Generation: First Under the Dome podcast will be produced monthly by host Erik Finch-Soto, Editor Sammi Scheiderman, and Manager Adam Toland. Each episode, Erik and various invited guests explore conversation topics with advice on how to thrive as first-generation college student.

Status: Completed


Department of Campus Technology and Innovation

Department Director: Jeremy Moynihan

Contact: jmoyniha@nd.edu

Update and Expand SAO Student Groups List:

Continue to develop the list of student groups found on Student Activities Office website in order to present the student body with the most relevant and up to date information.

Status: In Progress

General Student Input Protocol:

Create an input form for students with technological issues, requests, and questions.

Status: In Progress

Volunteering Database:

Work with the Departments of Community Outreach and South Bend Engagement as well as the Center for Social Concerns to develop an interactive directory for student groups who want to volunteer with off-campus community partners.

Status: In Progress

Student Government Progress Tracker:

Create a progress tracker to inform the student body of the ongoing and completed initiatives of Student Government. Update the tracker as these initiatives progress.

Status: Completed


Department of University Policy

Department Director: Anna Dray

Contact: adray@nd.edu

Mobile Campus ID Cards:

Work with the Office of Information Technologies to create mobile ND ID cards that can be stored in Google and Apple Wallet.

Status: In Progress

Equitable Dorm Gyms:

Survey and benchmark all 32 dorm gyms on campus to determine quantitative differences between men’s and women’s dorms. Generate funding to provide new equipment to under-resourced gyms to bridge the disparities across dorm gyms and create a welcoming environment for students to stay active within their dorms.

Status: In Progress