Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends,
I exercised my right as a U.S. citizen this week and voted. I did so with my opinions, my beliefs, and my family in mind. As frustrated as I get with our political system and the political gorges that divide us in the United States and beyond, I have one solace I often turn to — the Notre Dame family.
I meet a lot of Notre Dame alumni, parents, and friends in my role. And while we can disagree across many topics, I always look for — and often see — the goodness in them. Regardless of a position someone takes, I believe he or she inherently cares and wants what’s best. And often I can learn something from those conversations. At Notre Dame, we know what it means to embrace different opinions and beliefs. During our time as students on campus, we challenged each other, but as our mission statement echoes, we also saw the University as a forum for free inquiry and open discussion. As we learned from others, I would dare say we grew as much outside the classroom as inside it.
As we finish the political season and as the holidays approach, I invite each of us to remember to embrace civil discourse in our lives and with our families and look for the good in others we meet.
Yours in Notre Dame,