Minding the (Housing) Gap

Author: Erin Blasko

Notre Dame partners with the city of South Bend to encourage affordable infill development on vacant lots across the city

October 18, 2021

Each summer, Notre Dame’s Center for Civic Innovation (CCI), part of the College of Engineering, operates an internship program in partnership with local governments and organizations in South Bend and Elkhart aimed at understanding and addressing some of the region’s most pressing issues, from clean air, water and soil to food security and affordable housing. (FULL ARTICLE WITH PHOTOS HERE)

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Dedication, blessing held for new Notre Dame Robinson Community Learning Center

Author: Erin Blasko

The Notre Dame Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) held a blessing and dedication Tuesday (Sept. 21) for its new home at Eddy and Howard streets in South Bend, across from the new Trader Joe’s store at Eddy Street Commons.

The event, which was delayed from last year because of the pandemic, featured remarks from Notre Dame Executive Vice President Shannon Cullinan

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Community by Design

Author: Erin Blasko

Architecture students help reimagine South Bend neighborhood

William Street in South Bend was primarily residential until about 1940, when the city decided to extend it north to Portage Avenue. Designed to establish a new commuter corridor linking downtown to the far north side, the decision would have lasting consequences. Almost immediately, traffic increased, altering the historical character of the street and hastening its decline. Homes became apartments or businesses and then parking lots, as people abandoned the area for the suburbs...Read more

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A New Lease on Life

Author: Erin Blasko

Law students help ex-offenders move on

When St. Joseph County Prosecutor Ken Cotter hosted an expungement clinic last year for people with criminal records in the county, he expected maybe a dozen people would show up. When he was wrong about that — and boy, was he wrong — he was grateful for the Notre Dame Law School

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Trailblazer Award & Trailblazer Planning Grant Opportunity

Author: Jessica Brookshire

The Indiana CTSI Community Health Partnerships is soliciting proposals for the Trailblazer Award and Trailblazer Planning Grant funding opportunities. The Trailblazer Award (up to $25,000) is focused on collaborative, community-engaged research projects focused on topics that have potential to improve health equity in Indiana with optional focus areas of rural health and/or COVID-19 (due June 1). The Planning Grant (up to $5,000) is focused on building new partnerships for a future project (due August 3). …

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Fulbright students share language, culture with local school children; translate texts for parents amid pandemic

Author: Erin Blasko


February 11, 2021

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program at the University of Notre Dame is unique among FLTA programs in that it involves community engagement as well as teaching, exposing educators from around the world to life beyond Notre Dame’s campus while introducing local school children to different peoples and cultures.…

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Notre Dame Women's Hoops to Debut Custom Shirts, Shoes Promoting Racial Justice

Author: Jessica Smetana, Sports Illustrated

FEB 24, 2021

The Irish worked with a South Bend artist on the special project, which can be seen in action this weekend.

On Sunday, the Notre Dame women’s basketball team will wear custom shoes and a pregame shirt to promote racial justice in its nationally televised game... click to read the full article in Sports Illustrated

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Notre Dame, others join to fight rising local hunger

Author: Erin Blasko

...a coalition of local public, private and nonprofit organizations, including Cultivate Food Rescue, the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, the city of South Bend and South Bend Venues Parks and Arts, the South Bend Community School Corp., the United Way of St. Joseph County, enFocus and the University of Notre Dame, has been working to address a less obvious, but no less urgent consequence of the pandemic: growing hunger in the community.  Read the FULL STORY here.

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Kitted up with Ruby’s Lab Manual: Notre Dame community gifts experiment supply kits

Author: Erin Blasko and Colleen Sharkey

Off-the-shelf lab kits were just not satisfying 6-year-old Ruby, but her curiosity about science persisted. Luckily for Ruby, her aunt happens to be “in the biz,” and wasn’t going to let the budding researcher go without. Aunt Cara Ocobock, also a Notre Dame assistant professor of anthropology, decided to personally curate a lab manual and kit for her niece. See full article...


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Athletics staff, student-athletes provide gifts to local families amid pandemic

Author: Erin Blasko

Notre Dame Athletics, in partnership with the South Bend Community School Corp. (SBCSC), hosted a drive-thru version of its annual gift-giving event, “A Brighter Christmas,” on Sunday (Dec. 6) at the Compton Family Ice Arena.

Now in its 10th year, “A Brighter Christmas” pairs groups and individuals within Athletics, including staff, coaches and student-athletes, with SBCSC families that need help during the holidays putting food on the table and presents under the tree. The event, which typically takes place inside of the arena and includes a meal and ice skating, was scaled back this year because of the pandemic.…

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Women’s soccer collects 1,111 pounds of food for Food Bank of Northern Indiana

Author: Erin Blasko

Members of the University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team collected 1,111 pounds of food, the equivalent of 868 meals, during a food drive Sunday (Sept. 6) outside Alumni Stadium.

The drive-thru event benefited the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, which collects and distributes food throughout Elkhart, LaPorte, Kosciusko, Marshall, Starke and St. Joseph counties.…

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Story time moves on online for Robinson Center Youth

Author: Erin Blasko

Samantha Musleh was out and about in March, before the full onset of the coronavirus, when she bumped into a family from the University of Notre Dame’s Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC).
“They said their son was missing me so much, and my heart just broke,” said Musleh, who teaches preschool to learners of English as a new language at the RCLC as an AmeriCorps member.

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COVID-19 Updates

Author: Erica Futa

The current Coronavirus outbreak has ongoing, direct consequences for both the operations and needs of many community organizations. In accordance with public health guidelines, most organizations are no longer able to accept on-site volunteers and many are unable to accommodate remote collaboration.

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Building beds and relationships with colleagues

Author: Hilary Loso

Human Resources staff recently served a day with Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to building, assembling and delivering bunk beds for children and families in need. With the motto “no kid sleeps on the floor in our town,” SHP works to provide a bed to any child in a community who needs one.

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