Higgins Alumni Network (HAN)

The Higgins Alumni Network (HAN), launched in 2014, connects current students to Notre Dame alumni whose professional or volunteer work engages labor questions from a wide variety of perspectives—as lawyers, researchers, teachers, managers, policymakers, union organizers, and social justice activists. HAN features two components:

Visits to campus by alumni for intimate conversations with students (usually one per semester). Sharing a meal with an academic or practitioner passionate about shared interests is a great vehicle for helping students discern vocation, envision life after college, and connect intellectual and social concerns with career goals. In today's uncertain economic climate, where students face the pressure of making a living while also hoping to make a positive impact in their communities, alumni who faced similar questions not that long ago can play a calming and constructive part in helping students make informed, wise choices.

Creation of a network of Notre Dame alumni, faculty, staff, and students dedicated to the cause of workers' rights and social justice. By connecting labor union organizers and officers, elected officials and government employees, nonprofit advocates and activists, academics and teachers, social entrepreneurs and enlightened managers, and labor and civil rights attorneys, HAN brings together members of the Notre Dame family to foster research, education, and policy initiatives to promote the common good.


Most recently, in fall 2018, Ms. Melody Gonzalez (ND POLS '05) returned to campus to speak about her work with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Fair Food Program. With CIW cofounder Lucas Benitez, Gonzalez spoke to an overflowing gathering of students, faculty, staff, and community members in the Geddes Hall Coffeehouse. She also visited classes and recorded a session of the Center for Social Concerns podcast, "Signs of the Times."

Stay tuned for more visits by ND alumni who engage 'the labor question" in their work as professionals, citizens, and activists.


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Upcoming Events

January 2022

Literally, Black@ND
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 7:00pm
Social Concerns Fair 2022
Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Virtual Postgraduate Service Fair
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Virtual Postgraduate Service Fair
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Labor Café First Friday
Friday, January 28, 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Virtues and Vocations presents Mary Gentile: Giving Voice to Values
Monday, January 31, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

February 2022

Application Close | SSLP 2022
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Signs of the Times Brown Bag Lunch Series | Education
Friday, February 4, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Proposal Deadline | Community Impact Grants
Monday, February 14, 2022 - 4:30pm

March 2022

Catholic Social Tradition Minor Open House & Info Session
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm