Notre Dame wins 2017 Indiana Campus Compact Engaged Campus Award

Author: Liza Blomquist, Indiana Campus Compact

Indiana Campus Compact

Indiana Campus Compact is proud to announce that the 2017 Engaged Campus of the Year is the University of Notre Dame for its commitment, intrinsic to its founding mission, not only to serve the broader community, but to educate generations of students for lives of civic and social engagement.

One of Indiana Campus Compact’s founding members, Notre Dame has been an active participant not only in its own community, but in the community of the Compact. Reverend Edward “Monk” Malloy was a founding member of the Board of Directors and said the genesis for the newly formed Indiana Campus Compact was “a collective sense that higher education needed to focus more directly on making a difference in our communities and neighborhoods.”

Notre Dame’s mission is to “cultivate in its students an appreciation for the great achievement of human beings, but also a disciplined sensibility to the poverty, injustice, and oppression that burden the lives of so many." Living their mission shows in the University’s deep commitment to service learning and community engagement.

More than 80% of Notre Dame students are involved in service engagement and there are campus-wide learning outcomes for students’ curricular engagement with the community.

A former Notre Dame student who is now the executive director of the Center for the Homeless in South Bend says, “I can say that service engagement was, and still very much is, a part of campus culture and Notre Dame faculty, staff, and students all are connected to our community in meaningful ways.”

Community engagement is integrated into the curriculum on an institution-wide level. The Center for Social Concerns provides professional development opportunities for faculty to enhance that work, including a Community Engagement Faculty Institute and a Faculty Fellows program. Its new Engaged Program Initiative aims to encourage multi-year, sustained, evolving, engagement which is integrated throughout the work of an academic unit.

In his letter of application, President Jenkins said, “[in addition to established work] the University also supports the pursuit of individual projects that arise from community need or ideas, and developed by the collaborative pursuit of knowledge and the common good.”

It’s hard to put 175 years’ worth of work in one, brief note, but we think it’s easy to see that the University of Notre Dame equips its faculty and staff with the support they need to provide their students with not only academic rigor, but continually presenting the opportunity to learn one of the most important things in life--“a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice.”

Contact: Liza Blomquist, eldnewma@iupui.edu

March 19, 2017