Reflecting on the Nanovic Institute of European Studies’ symposium in Rome last month regarding civic education, Assistant Director Anthony Monta mused on the hallowed history of Notre Dame’s commitment to social engagement.
“Fr. Sorin envisioned a university that would be a 'powerful force for good in the world,' which means that the University is assumed to be active outside its own walls,” Monta said.
Over the years, the Notre Dame Family has expanded across international borders, becoming a global community of scholars. The Diversity Council (DC) was formed to address issues of inclusion and collaboration at the University as a means of celebrating differences on campus. Sponsored by Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS), the academic assembly is composed of representatives from various cultural clubs like the Asian American Association and Black Cultural Arts Council. My senior year marks my second year participating in DC on behalf of the Filipino American Student Organization.
The Diversity Council’s main objective is to provide a platform for historically underrepresented minorities to express their concerns and ideas. In the past, we have organized the MSPS Picnic and supported initiatives like “Show Some Skin,” which explores identity and race through the performing arts. We have provided input regarding faculty sensitivity training and recently passed a resolution leading to the provision of Halal food for Muslim students in the dining halls.
MSPS helps fund activities sponsored by clubs on the Council. With meetings held every Monday, DC enables representatives to make sure that their respective groups do not schedule events like Fiestang or Latin Expressions on the same day as well as empowers them to exchange ideas for their mutual improvement.