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  • Faculty exchange pilot program creates intercultural opportunities

    Faculty exchange pilot program creates intercultural opportunities

    Faculty exchange pilot program creates intercultural opportunities March 3, 2022 “What do I take for granted as universal, but is actually cultural? How do I ask the right questions or give the right answers so that my Mexican friends and colleagues and I can work well together? How can I learn to ‘unpack’ a misunderstanding…


  • Community impact grants support innovative approaches to lead reduction in South Bend

    Community impact grants support innovative approaches to lead reduction in South Bend

    Community impact grants support innovative approaches to lead reduction in South Bend February 18, 2022 A 2017 Reuters report found higher lead levels in some South Bend neighborhoods than Flint, MI, prompting Notre Dame faculty to partner with local neighborhood organizations to put research on safe housing into action. With a Community Impact Grant from the…


  • Community fellow considers applications of Just Wage Initiative for collective bargaining

    Community fellow considers applications of Just Wage Initiative for collective bargaining

    Community fellow considers applications of Just Wage Initiative for collective bargaining February 17, 2022 In 2021 the Center for Social Concerns started its Community Fellows Program to enhance research and teaching at the University by connecting community and campus on various social concerns. Community fellows are professionals in the local community with a strong history…


  • 2022 Social Concerns Fair celebrates collaboration between the University and the community

    2022 Social Concerns Fair celebrates collaboration between the University and the community

    2022 Social Concerns Fair celebrates collaboration between the University and the community February 4, 2022 Residents of South Bend have long been critical parts of life and work at the University of Notre Dame, especially when it comes to the University’s work to advance social justice. Working toward the common good and a preferential option…


  • The memory project: Reweaving threads of loss, love, and hope

    The memory project: Reweaving threads of loss, love, and hope

    The memory project: Reweaving threads of loss, love, and hope February 4, 2022 For the past two years, Neeta Verma, associate professor of Visual Communication Design in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, and faculty fellow with the Center for Social Concerns, has been leading “The Memory Project: Reweaving Threads of Loss, Love, and…


  • Center conducting research on how Catholic social teaching guides financial decision-making (or not)

    Center conducting research on how Catholic social teaching guides financial decision-making (or not)

    Center conducting research on how Catholic social teaching guides financial decision-making (or not) February 2, 2022 How do Gospel values impact the financial decisions of Catholic institutions? What difference can Catholic Social Teaching (CST) make in budgeting “on the ground?” These questions lie at the heart of the Center for Social Concerns’ Catholic Social Teaching…


  • Motels4Now and local housing advocates work to provide housing to homeless people in South Bend

    Motels4Now and local housing advocates work to provide housing to homeless people in South Bend

    Motels4Now and local housing advocates work to provide housing to homeless people in South Bend January 21, 2022 The City of South Bend has long had a weather amnesty policy that provided seasonal emergency shelter in the City by permitting provider organizations to remain open for longer than normal operating hours. Weather amnesty is implemented…


  • Pandemic, racial justice, the economy drove Notre Dame students to the polls in 2020

    Pandemic, racial justice, the economy drove Notre Dame students to the polls in 2020

    Pandemic, racial justice, the economy drove Notre Dame students to the polls in 2020 By: Erin Blasko January 21, 2022 Nearly 72 percent of University of Notre Dame students voted in the 2020 election, up from 53.3 percent in 2016, according to the latest report from the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE). About…


  • The Pandemic Intensifies the Need for a Just Wage Economy

    The Pandemic Intensifies the Need for a Just Wage Economy

    The Pandemic Intensifies the Need for a Just Wage Economy January 21, 2022 The economic earthquakes prompted by the evolving pandemic keep producing unpredicted developments in markets and workplaces, as well as catchy terms like “essential workers,” “the Great Resignation,” and “Striketober,” as pundits rush to capture the experiences of our stressed out labor force.…


  • Rare Starbucks union vote set to begin in Buffalo

    Rare Starbucks union vote set to begin in Buffalo

    Rare Starbucks union vote set to begin in Buffalo November 12, 2021 Employees at Starbucks locations around Buffalo, N.Y. will begin voting this week on whether they want to be represented by a union, a possible first for the coffee giant. An article published by The State, “Rare Starbucks union vote set to begin in…