The first half of the semester was filled with excitement, education, call for humanitarian support and relaxation. First Year students descended onto campus filled with enthusiasm and curiosity. They began pursuing their niche and determining how they would begin their legacy at ND. Where would they start?
Some took advantage of the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations offered by departments. Las Cafeteras, guest of MSPS conducted a workshop on Friday, September 22, Changing the World: One Story at a Time. The group provided a history lesson regarding social justice efforts. That evening students attended their concert sponsored by MSPS and Legends. The attendees sang and danced the evening away to music addressing social change and fun. The students were able to unwind prior to their first round of exams.
During this same period, natural disasters hit Florida, Texas, Mexico and the Caribbean. The compassion of the ND student body went into overdrive. Student Government, clubs and Latinx Graduate Association of Notre Dame began collecting funds and supplies for those affected by the hurricanes and earthquakes. These initiatives will be ongoing and I highly recommend making the sacrifice to help those who have been negatively affected.
On October 13, Fall Break officially began. This is the time for everyone, students, administrators and faculty to relax, get refreshed and rejuvenated. Unfortunately, some students have midi-terms after break, this week gave them time for uninterrupted preparation or at least at a less intense pace. Fortunately for students who opted to remain on campus, they had a chance to dine with a few of the University’s Board of Trustee members, Wednesday evening. Thank you to the local alumni who joined us for dinner and the Black Alumni of Notre Dame Board for hosting the event.
You should be primed for the remainder of the semester. November 1st, begins the celebration of Native American Heritage Month. On November 9th, MSPS will host a dinner as a precursor to the screening of More Than a Word documentary. The screening occurs on Tuesday, November 14 at DPAC with the directors providing a talk back. Watch for the publicity noting the time and place for both events.
In December, we will sponsor our Holiday Celebration event as you gear up for finals. Decorating of cookies, games of various holiday traditions will be played and refreshments.
I look forward to seeing you. Stop by to say “Hello” or just “chill.”
Iris Outlaw `90 MSA