Spring and Awards Culminate the 2016 – 2017 Academic Year

With the arrival of spring, the robins returned to Notre Dame.  High school prospects visited the campus and undergraduates basked in the sunshine between the days of liquid sunshine.  During the end of the academic year, we saw bookstore basketball games, awards ceremonies, and students partaking in academic conferences on and off-campus.

Congratulations to the 2016- 2017 Student Leadership Awards winners. The announcements at the April 10th event acknowledged the following MSPS leaders: Ms. Jessica Pedroza for her work giving a voice to the voiceless – Irish Clover and Rev. A. Leonard Collin C.S.C. Leadership Awards and Xitaly Estrada recognized as one of the outstanding Student Leaders. I would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the rectors, who supervised the winning halls, Elaine DeBassie – Farley Hall and Eric Styles- Carroll Hall. Both were humbled and mentioned their students did all the work.

 

Thank you to the student leaders for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. Your efforts in leading your respective clubs has not gone unnoticed. Your signature events continued to enrich and educate the Notre Dame community.  We applaud the efforts of the formal and informal leaders, who rose to address controversial issues and topics. You represented student activism and how it is implemented at Notre Dame from forums to demonstrations.  Seeking opportunities to hear opposing views and voice yours is paramount in the collegiate experience and one of the purposes of institutions of higher education is intellectual engagement.

MSPS is an advocate for providing leadership development opportunities for students. It is important to enhance your leadership skills. Taking advantage of professional conferences from ACC Student Leadership Conference to the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity is a beginning. The Multicultural Pre-Medical Society sent a cohort to the Student National Medical Association Conference in Atlanta, Georgia over Easter Break. The MPMS representatives attended Pre-Med track sessions focused on preparedness for the medical school application process. Student Activities Office took several ND students to the 2017 ACC Student Leadership Conference.  MSPS took Carrera Brown, Adriana Cantos, Yuko Inoue to NCORE in Fort Worth, Texas. Their reports will be featured on the MSPS website throughout the summer.

Lastly, take time to enjoy your summer break. Get some R & R, if you are attending summer school stop by in July to meet our new assistant director for Diversity Education, Outreach and Assessment, Paige Jackson.

Peace,

Ms. Iris Outlaw `90 MSA

Director, MSPS

Solidarity for Racial Justice & Hispanic Heritage Month

 

Honoring and respecting humanity is integral to living the mission of the Congregation of Holy Cross and our faith. With the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops designating Friday, September 9th as a Day of Prayer for peace, the Center for Social Concerns and Multicultural Student Programs and Services called for the Notre Dame Community and Nevada fans to join us in standing for Solidarity for Racial Justice.  More than one hundred and seven faculty, alumni, administrators, graduate and undergraduate students and campus visitors processed from Geddes Hall to the Jesus statute with the inscription “Come to Me” ending at Father Sorin’s statute.  Victims of the senseless violence that has plagued our Nation over the past two years were lamented throughout the thirty minute service. Thank you to those who joined our Solidarity for Racial Justice campaign. During the remainder of the fall semester, you are invited to attend events sponsored by numerous departments in support of the campaign. The next is the Book Club, where we will read Citizen by Claudia Rankine.  If you are interested in join the club, contact Kyle Lantz at the Center for Social Concerns. You should note that Ms. Rankine is scheduled to visit campus January 2017.

 

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Thank you to the companies, Notre Dame Departments and DC of ND clubs for participating in the 2016 MSPS Picnic. The afternoon was filled with good music, performances and meeting new friends and connecting with old ones. Congratulations to the winners of the numerous door prizes provided by PWC, Accenture, and KPMG.

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On September 21st MSPS’ first Hispanic Heritage event, the Interrace Forum, focused on Latinas in the Media: Stereotypes and Critiques. The attendees will be challenged to think more critically about the messages sent by media.  The first event of the MLK Study of Race Series is the Diane Guerrero Lecture. Ms. Guerrero, actress in Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, will talk about her immigration reform advocacy work and growing up with undocumented and later deported parents. Please welcome Ms. Guerrero at 7:00 p.m. in DeBartolo 102 on September 26. As part of our Diversity in the Arts initiative, MSPS is sponsoring a dinner and theater trip on November 11 to see Hamilton in Chicago. Students will be eligible to enter the lottery to purchase tickets by attending designated events. Ms. Guerrero’ lecture is the first opportunity, the second will be October 10 at the lecture featuring Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, professor and director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise at the Ohio State University.  Other opportunities will be noted in the MSPS newsletter. Tickets will only be sold via the lottery process.   If you have any questions, please feel to contact the office by emailing: msps@nd.edu or calling 574-631-6841.

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

Peace,

Iris Outlaw ` 90 MSA

Director

Welcome Class of 2020 and Returning Students

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The end of summer vacation is rapidly approaching. With that comes apprehension on the 2016 -2017 campus environment.  How will the political landscape, violence erupting throughout the country and perspective of law enforcement affect your experience at Notre Dame?  Your ideologies and arrival will determine how you and your peers will react. We, Multicultural Student Programs and Services in collaboration with the Center for Social Concerns and Notre Dame Security Police, held vigils and a march beginning mid-July. These events were to create space for people in our community to:   

  • Stand against police brutality, racial injustice, systemic oppression and all forms of violence
  • Show up for racial justice, SHALOM, care for ALL CREATION, human dignity, solidarity, the common good, the end of systemic oppression, and LOVE
  • Join together in communal lament to share our grief and our hope together and move forward as one

More than one hundred Notre Dame undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, administrators and their family members participated. These align with three of the Holy Cross Pillars: Mind – Seeking to understand; Heart – Rooting choices in values; and Family – Embracing community.   The continual dialogue has resulted in an action plan for those who want to join the conversation about solidarity dignity, and the ending of systemic oppression.  Watch for announcements of upcoming events advertised through various media.

First Year students, I strongly encourage you to participate in the various Welcome Weekend Events (https://welcomeweekend.nd.edu/schedules/). You will observe a sense of the culture of Our Lady’s University and the journey you are embarking on for the next four years. Opportunities to consider during your tenure will also be shared in numerous events. At the Multicultural Reception on Saturday, August 20 6:00 p.m. in the Leighton Hall, Justin Ruiz, professor in American Studies, students and their  mentors will talk about expectations, experiences available, and how to maximize your time at Notre Dame while leaving your legacy.

Yvette R  Students, please welcome Yvette Rodriguez, MSPS Assistant Director for Programming to ND.  Yvette joined the MSPS Team in July. She has been working feverishly preparing for the MSPS Leadership Summit and securing speakers for the 2016 – 2017 MSPS MLK Study of Race Series. We have selected the play for the Diversity of the Arts event. The unveiling of the play will occur in September. Watch the MSPS newsletter for the announcement. Limited tickets are available.

Please mark your calendar for the Welcome Back Picnic on September 13, at 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The first Interrace Forum will be on September 21 5:30 p.m. in the McNeill Room.  In respect of Hispanic Heritage Month, we will discuss Latinas in the Media.  As a hint, this alludes to our speaker who will join us the following week.

Campus Ministry is hosting their Multicultural First Year Retreats beginning the weekend of August 27 – 28 and September 3 -4.  Visit their website for more information http://campusministry.nd.edu/undergraduate-resources/multi-cultural-resources/retreats/.

If you have questions about these events or information shared, please email: msps@nd.edu.

Have a Blessed 2016 – 2017 Academic Year and Safe Travels,

Peace,

Iris L. Outlaw

Ms. Iris Outlaw, `90 MSA

Director