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 2019

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2019 Social Concerns Fair
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

February 2019

01
Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS
Friday, February 1, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
22
Labor Café
Friday, February 22, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

March 2019

01
Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
21
Pre-Conference Workshop: Restorative Justice on Catholic Campuses
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm
21
2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
22
2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Friday, March 22, 2019 - 7:30am to 9:30pm
23
2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:30pm
29
Labor Café
Friday, March 29, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

April 2019

05
Been & Seen Series
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
12
Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
26
Labor Café
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

June 2019

04
Community Engagement Faculty Institute
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 (All day) to Thursday, June 6, 2019 (All day)