Weekly Update for Admitted Students and Families: 4/27/20

Author: Enrollment Division

Welcome from Luis R. Fraga, Faculty Director of the Institute for Latino Studies

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Congratulations and welcome to the Notre Dame family! You and your parents should be very proud of what you have accomplished and I know that you will be even more proud of what you will accomplish in your undergraduate studies here at Notre Dame.

One of my affiliations at Notre Dame is as Director of the Institute for Latino Studies, where I hold the Rev. Donald P. McNeill, C.S.C., Chair in Transformative Latino Leadership. We have thirty-one affiliated faculty members from across the University and 67 supplemental majors and minors from all different colleges as well. If you have any interests in more deeply understanding one of the fastest growing ethnoracial groups in the United States and in the Catholic Church, please come and drop by our offices at Bond Hall and learn about all of the exciting opportunities we have for you.

I am also a professor of political science where I hold the title of Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science. I have 50 colleagues in political science who conduct research and teach in the areas of political theory, American politics, international relations, and comparative politics. We graduate about 125 majors per year. The challenges our country and other countries face today makes political science one of the most relevant areas of study that a student can choose. Come by our offices on the second floor of Jenkins Nanovic Halls to talk with me or one of our advisors.

I hope you know how much everyone at Notre Dame looks forward to welcoming you...whether in person or virtually. Here you will find the support to grow in your intellectual, social, and spiritual interests more than you might ever think possible. That is what happened for our daughter Isabel who graduated from ND in 2010. She is a committed alumna who works in Catholic education as a third grade school teacher in Plano, TX. She found her calling here at ND. I know that you will find a second home here at Notre Dame. It is the most special university where I have been privileged to teach across my thirty-four-year career.

May you and your family be safe and receive all of the blessings that Our Lady can offer.

Luis R. Fraga

Rev. Donald P. McNeill, C.S.C., Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership
Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science
Director, Institute for Latino Studies
Fellow, Institute for Educational Initiatives

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