2018 Entrance is a Wake Up Call

Happy New Year. Frigid cannot begin to describe what we experienced the first week of 2018 along with snow accumulations and hazardous driving conditions. Last week was noted at times to be colder than Alaska. This was conducive to staying inside and getting some rest and relaxation after the holidays.  Now you are geared up and ready for the spring semester. For several this means securing internships, summer research opportunities or taking advantage of learning beyond the classroom.

 Kendrick Peterson Class of 2020

Congratulations to the Kendrick Peterson, a second-year political science major and Building Bridges mentee, on his selection to participate in Harvard’s Kennedy School of Public Policy Conference.  This is the primary focus of Building Bridges to nurture the academic pipeline. Please visit our website: MSPS.ND.Edu to see other MSPS constituents who have and will be doing outstanding work in preparation for either graduate/professional school or in pursuit of their career goals.

 Bree Newsome

Walk the Walk Week begins on January 15, 2018. We are very excited about our MLK Study of Race Series for the spring semester.  Multicultural Student Programs and Services will host Ms. Bree Newsome on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Ms Newsome is an American filmmaker, musician, speaker, and activist from Charlotte, North Carolina. She is best known for her act of civil disobedience on June 27, 2015, when she was arrested for removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state house grounds.  The office will sponsor a student workshop titled, “Mindful Protest” at 4:00 p.m. in 138 DeBartolo. Ms. Newsome will address the community at 7:00 p.m. “Tearing Hate from the Sky” in 101 DeBartolo. Thank you to our co-sponsors the Center for Social Concerns and Department of Africana Studies.  We will also have tickets available for DPAC’s production – The Mountaintop on Friday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m. They will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.  Contact Sue Pawlicki at msps@nd.edu to reserve your space. Tickets must be picked up by Friday noon.

Black History Month is rapidly approaching. There are a plethora of activities planned from African International Weekend to the Black Cultural Arts Council’s Coffee House. During Coffee House an outstanding first year male and female will receive BCAC’s Thurgood Marshall Scholarship. First Year students, how involved have you been with this club? You could be one of the fortunate recipients of this book award.  On February 19th, MSPS will hold our third MSPS Study of Race speaker in collaboration with the Student Union Board. The February Interrace Forum is considering an excursion. So stay tuned for  further announcements.

Enjoy your last week of Christmas Break and place the stated events on your calendar for things to do.

Safe Travels.

Iris Outlaw `90 MSA


Fall has arrived



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.”


Ms. Iris

Iris Outlaw `90 MSA


New Beginnings


  August 21, 2017 Eclipse 

Welcome Home Classes 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.  The campus has been undergoing significant modifications throughout the summer.  The changes range from facilities to the University’s infrastructure and training. This includes new Student Development Team hires.

Spring semester, Student Affairs partnered with First Year of Studies and the Athletic Department to sponsor the inaugural Student – Athlete Transition initiative. Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS) assisted with the curriculum development. MSPS conducted workshops for the spring and summer cohorts. These students are excited to explore their co-curricular interests in conjunction with their academic pursuits.

Multicultural Student Programs and Services established a new position, Assistant Director for Diversity Education, Outreach and Assessment.  I am pleased to introduce Paige Jackson from the University of Mount Olive, who will serve in that role. Prior to her arrival, she served as the director of Student Conduct and Freshman Seminar adjunct instructor. She will coordinate the MSPS diversity education initiatives, which includes working closely with the Multicultural Commissioners, and our professional develop program, Breaking Through Barriers (BTB). If you are interested in becoming a Diversity Ambassador, come to the information session Wednesday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. or email: Paige.Jackson@nd.edu.  Please stop by MSPS to welcome Paige to the ND/MSPS Family.

     Multicultural Reception Panelist

During the training for student leaders representing Housing, Welcome Weekend and Team ND, we emphasized “Radical Hospitality” and the work of St. Andre Bessette, the Saint of Hospitality.  We are called by our Holy Cross mission to welcome all into our community and the Notre Dame family.

We, the MSPS staff, look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events. Our annual Welcome Back Picnic will be Tuesday, September 12 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on North Quad.  There will be food, music and MSPS swag.   This year, our Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Study of Race Series has a new twist. Watch our newsletter to see its’ unveiling as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.  For musical buffs, Diversity in the Arts will attend a play in December. We have limited deeply discounted tickets, so students watch for our advertisement.

Have a Blessed Year and Welcome Home,

Iris Outlaw, `90 MSA

Director, MSPS