The Office of Inclusion and Community Standards works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and student clubs/organizations to foster a warm environment for every member in the Notre Dame community.

Our Definition of Diversity & Inclusion

At NDMU, diversity is the scope of our individual differences; incorporating but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs.

Inclusion is participation and empowerment, where fundamental worth and dignity of every member is acknowledged. An inclusive university endorses and maintains a sense of belonging; it values and exercises respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living of its members.

Why Diversity & Inclusion are Important

Diversity in a respectful, inclusive environment promotes critical thinking and increases the ability to communicate, work, and interact. These core values of diversity and inclusion also promote equity and social justice and enhance the educational and employment experience by exposing us, and challenging us to consider, the experiences and perspectives of others.

Diversity Initiatives

The Office of Inclusion and Community Standards provides leadership, partnership, support and resources for diversity initiatives at NDMU, but we do not do it alone. Key partners throughout the University are dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusion. Together, we work to make NDMU more diverse and inclusive every day. 

Some ways we collaborate across departments include:

  • Ensure equal opportunity and compliance with related governmental requirements and anti-discrimination laws.
  • Work with the Title IX Office to investigate discrimination and harassment.
  • Address accommodation concerns with the Office of Accessibility and Health Promotion.

Community Standards

The Office of Inclusion and Community Standards also provides comprehensive services to maintain the University's standard of conduct and the Honor Code. Some services include:

  • Follow-up of behavioral and academic incidents
  • Referral and support of students of concern
  • Advisement of the University Honor Board
  • Educational programmatic initiatives and response to emergency situations in conjunction with Public Safety via the Student Life Duty team 

Contact

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Dianne Villar
Associate Dean for Inclusion & Community Standards
410-532-5488