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A Notre Dame education forms the whole person. As president, I have the pleasure of seeing this happen every day in our classrooms, laboratories, studios and recital halls. Our abiding commitment to undergraduate education and world-class research grow together out of this lively pursuit of knowledge and truth, this abundant experience of community, friendship and service to humanity.
Notre Dame is a place where matters of faith are addressed with respect; where the wisdom of religious tradition sheds new light upon the most pressing concerns of our own time. It is a Catholic university where tomorrow’s leaders in the arts and letters, in the sciences, the professions and civil society cultivate both technical proficiency and an ethical, moral and spiritual integrity that lasts a lifetime.
This is the Notre Dame I came to love while living in Grace Hall and studying philosophy in the 1970s. It’s the Notre Dame where I returned to teach philosophy and serve the students as a priest of Notre Dame’s founding order, the Congregation of Holy Cross. It’s the Notre Dame that later called me to further service as its 17th president. I hope your visit to our website encourages you to visit us in person soon.
In Notre Dame,
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
A Message from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. regarding Notre Dame Board of Trustees’ Task Force Report on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The commitment and effort I have seen so far give me confidence that we can respond vigorously to the recommendations and aspirations contained in the report. There is, however, much more to be done. There can be no doubt that the real and lasting change we seek is not the work of a month or a year, but of a longer period in the life of the University.
This Task Force is to assist the University in its efforts to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Its specific tasks include reviewing initiatives currently underway and the data available on the campus climate.
The theme of this year’s discussion was “Just Transition,” which places people at the center of the energy transition. A just transition focuses on the well-being of workers and communities that will bear an undue burden from the transition to a green economy.
If we are committed only to certain life issues, that commitment is at best shallow and at worst hypocritical...We must be whole-hearted in defending the inviolable, God-given human dignity of every person.