NDSA Board Statement on Racial and Social Injustice
God, Country, Notre Dame. These words, etched over the door of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, have been our guide for generations. The ideas imparted by the words include treating all of our brothers and sisters with equal respect and dignity. Recent events in the Black community have once again proven that this ideal is not universally practiced; this fact could have been said about any minority group, and about how we treat people who are different from ourselves.
Our Notre Dame community has seen the impact of racism and social injustice, and it is incumbent on all alumni to take definitive action to ensure the preservation of our mutual brotherhood and sisterhood. We need to take such action now; we need to lead by example for future generations.
Racism in any form is unacceptable, and the entire Notre Dame family needs to openly stand against it.
We are reminded of the Penitential Rite of the Mass, wherein we ask for God’s forgiveness, acknowledging, “That I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do.” While recognizing past failings, we can also be heartened by the knowledge that it is never too late to do the right thing.
The ND Senior Alumni Board is developing “REAL,” a multi-dimensional program built on Reflection, Education, Action, and Love. Over the coming months and beyond, each Golden Domer edition will include an article focused on the tenets of one of these four pillars, with examples of actions we can all take against racism in our own communities. We will partner with the ND Alumni Diversity Council to ensure that our actions are meaningful, speak directly to the issues, and work toward being a Force for Good. We will also highlight and promote ways that senior alumni are doing this positive work in their own communities.
You can start by learning more on the subject at NDSA Diversity & Inclusion, or by reaching out to your local ND Alumni Club to offer your help and to participate in activities against racism and injustice.
Today we ask for your prayers as we begin this important work, but we also ask for your commitment, with the entire Notre Dame community, to make all people feel welcomed, included, and truly respected and honored as our brothers and sisters.
Yours in Notre Dame,
Notre Dame Senior Alumni Board
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