Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends,

This past weekend, campus mourned the tragic loss of two members of the Notre Dame family — first-year international students Valeria Espinel and Olivia Laura Rojas — who were struck by an automobile east of campus. 

These young women had so much yet to contribute to the Class of 2024, and to the Badin and Cavanaugh Hall communities, and so much of life still ahead of them. My heart breaks for their families and friends, and all who grieve their loss, especially our international students and Hispanic members of our ND family, who are particularly close-knit. We also pray for the continued recovery of a third student who was injured and released from the hospital earlier this week.

This coming Monday, November 2, members of our staff and FaithND team will gather to remember and pray for all who have departed, including Olivia and Valeria, in commemoration of All Souls’ Day. We welcome you to submit your own Grotto prayer intentions, and all are invited to join us virtually in praying the Rosary at 12:30 p.m. ET on Monday on our Facebook page. I will be at the Grotto praying for the entire Notre Dame family, for your departed loved ones, for your health, and for all the quiet prayers you have in your hearts.

Yours in Notre Dame,

Dolly Duffy ’84
Executive Director
Notre Dame Alumni Association

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Consider This! COVID-19: Monday, Nov. 2 | 6 p.m. ET

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Where We’re Going: Privacy: Thursday, Nov. 5 | 1 p.m. ET

Where We’re Going begins its look at Privacy. Join ThinkND for the Campus Viewpoint discussion on privacy laws, applications, and ethical implications. » REGISTER

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Technology Ethics Center Conference: Friday, Nov. 6 | Noon ET

Data scientist and New York Times bestselling author Cathy O’Neil is the keynote speaker for ND’s Technology Ethics Conference. Join the forum to discuss technological, institutional, and policy responses to bias in algorithms. » REGISTER

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