Alumni Association Affinity Groups Announce Collaborative Shared Reading Experience

As our nation faces urgent calls for racial justice, many members of the Notre Dame family are seeking opportunities for meaningful conversations about equity. We are all hopeful that an honest dialogue can advance understanding and become a foundation for action.

It is in that spirit that the Notre Dame Alumni Association Affinity Groups are pleased to announce a collaborative shared reading experience sponsored by the Diversity Council, ND Women Connect, Senior Alumni, YoungND, Asian Pacific Alumni of ND, Black Alumni of ND, Hispanic Alumni of ND, and Native American Alumni of ND.

This fall, all alumni, parents, and friends of Notre Dame are invited to join the affinity groups in unpacking Black Domers: African-American Students at Notre Dame in Their Own Words, edited by Don Wycliff ’69 and David Krashna ’71, with a foreword by the late Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., ’39. Black Domers features 75 essays from Notre Dame alumni sharing their reflections and experiences across more than seven decades. This collection of stories will be used as an important tool to spark dialogue and learning among members of the Notre Dame community.

There will be many options for participating in this shared read experience.  

  • READ: To purchase the book*, go to: ND Press - Black Domers. Shipping time can take 3-4 weeks, so please plan accordingly! The following discount codes apply:
    • 40% discount code through August 31st: 14SUM20
    • 30% promo code after August 31st: 14ReadND
  • JOIN: You’ll also have an opportunity to participate in a virtual discussion via the NDWC Shared Read Facebook group (all men and women, ND alumni/ae, spouses, parents, and friends of Notre Dame are welcome to join the group). All are encouraged to follow along and post questions and comments on the group page. Please stay tuned for discussion dates.
  • DISCUSS: In addition to the online conversation, some ND Clubs and Affinity Groups will be organizing live, in-person discussions, where safely possible. Many may offer virtual options to connect. Scheduled meet-ups will also be posted on the Shared Read Facebook group.
  • AND MORE: Plans are underway to develop video sessions with some of the authors featured in Black Domers as well as the book’s editors. These will be available to alumni, parents and friends nationwide. 

Specific timing of the shared read activities will be announced soon, with some starting as early as late September. Watch this page for more details as they become available and share your name and email address using this form to receive updates on shared read activities. 

*The authors' proceeds from the book benefit the Frazier Thompson Scholarship Fund, which was created by the Black Alumni of ND in 1997 to honor the late Frazier Thompson, a pre-professional major, track athlete and the University's first African-American alumnus, a 1947 graduate.

“Black Domers is a remarkable read. Through the editors’ masterful balance of narrative depth and historical breadth, readers witness the trials, tribulations, brilliance, and resilience of black students at Notre Dame over the past seven decades. Reading this book left me emotional at times. Still, I remained inspired, with a resolute sense of pride in walking the campus where these trailblazers broke down barriers. Black Domers serves not only as a testament of how far we have come, but as a charge to continue the important work of ensuring that the experiences of every member of the Notre Dame family are consistent and reflect well on Our Lady.” 
- Eric Love, director of staff diversity and inclusion, University of Notre Dame

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