Spring 2020 Inclusive Excellence Workshops

Inclusive Excellence

The events on this page are part of a broader lineup of workshops on Inclusive Excellence taking place throughout the spring 2020 semester and beyond.


“The U.S. Education System’s Treatment of Underrepresented Groups”

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
3:00-4:30 PM, Hesburgh Library-125 Classroom

This presentation will explore the social contexts of American education, educational care, and minority experience in American public education. Attendees will gain an understanding of the historical and continuing challenges to educational attainment faced by underrepresented groups.

Presented by:

  • Maria McKenna, Associate Professor of the Practice, Institute for Educational Initiatives

“Supporting International Students”

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
3:00-4:30 PM, Corbett Hall

With more than 1,450 international students from 90 countries, Notre Dame is rich in opportunities to impact and be impacted by their experiences and ideas. In our support of them, we can sometimes lose sight of the added layer of complications and limitations they may experience as an international student in the U.S. The more we can understand those complications, the stronger relationships we build in support of their success. This 90-minute training explores the international student’s journey and the resources we are growing to support them while also encouraging participants to share their own experiences. We will work towards a toolbox of strategies for understanding and resourcing our international student population.

Presented by:

  • Amber Li, Academic Program Director for American Short-Term Programs, Notre Dame International
  • Leah Zimmer, Director of International Student and Scholar Affairs, Notre Dame International


Tuesday, February 11, 2020
3:00-4:30 PM, Remick Commons

This session examines the intersections of language and identity. Drawing on recent work in raciolinguistics—the realm of linguistics which serves to answer the question “What does it mean to speak as a racialized subject in contemporary America?”—the interactive workshop asks participants to consider their own language stories and how language has shaped who they are and to what extent language repertoires inform perceived or real inclusion/exclusion in the speaking communities in which we participate. Looking outward to the students we teach, in what ways are we fully inclusive to the range of Englishes and/or translanguage practices among our student body?

Presented by:

  • Erin Moira Lemrow, First Year Advisor

“Holistically Supporting Students’ Mental Health and Our Own”

Monday, February 17, 2020
11:30 AM-1:30 PM, LaFortune Ballroom
Lunch Provided

The Office of the Provost and other campus partners will welcome Notre Dame alumnus Dr. Milo Dodson to campus for a discussion of student, faculty, and staff mental well-being. Among other topics, the workshop will address warning signs from students who may be experiencing mental health challenges and how might we consider approaching conversations with them, particularly as it relates to students committed to social justice.

Presented by:

  • Milo Dodson, Senior Staff Psychologist at the UC Irvine Counseling Center

“Military 101”

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
12:00-1:00 PM, Hesburgh Library–125 Classroom
Lunch Provided

Student veterans represent a growing population on campus and are diverse in terms of demographic characteristics and service backgrounds. These students add great value because they bring global experiences, leadership skills, discipline, and focus to the classroom. However, most veterans are entering college for the first time or returning after many years away. The purpose of this workshop is to educate faculty, staff, and students about the unique strengths and challenges facing student veterans and military service members.

Presented by:

  • Regan Jones, Director of the Office of Military & Veteran Affairs

“Ethical Co-authorship and Co-funding”

In light of the University’s response to coronavirus, this event has been canceled. 

This workshop explores the academic voice sought by international organizations as evidence to judge who will receive R&D funding and who will be denied, with the discussion drawing on short, confidential videoclips from Liberian, Ugandan, Nigerian, and Haitian professors. Participants will discuss stories of academic and/or design theft as well as potential consequences to academic validity, especially with regard to undergraduate students' international research. 

“Examining Gaps in Student Well-being”

In light of the University’s response to coronavirus, this event has been canceled. 

The McDonald Center for Student Well-Being (McWell) biannually implements the National College Health Assessment, a tool that provides insight into the health status of Notre Dame students. By taking a deeper dive into the data and exploring it by subpopulations, we have the opportunity to identify and respond to students in highest need. Join staff from McWell for an interactive discussion dedicated to examining gaps that exist, followed by a moderated brainstorming session on ways we can all work together to maximize student well-being both inside and outside the classroom. This presentation will feature data from the 2017 National College Health Assessment.

“Mindfulness 101”

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
12:00-1:00 PM

In light of the University’s response to coronavirus, this event will be offered via Zoom. Details will be sent to those registered to attend.

Join us as we explore the basic principles of mindfulness and learn practices that are easily integrated into daily life.

Presented by:

  • Jenna Gehl Jones, Assistant Director for Emotional Well-Being, McDonald Center for Student Well-Being

“Preventing Racial Battle Fatigue”

In light of the University’s response to coronavirus, this event has been canceled. 

This workshop provides an overview of Racial Battle Fatigue (RBF) and its significance in higher education. It considers cross-campus contexts and the various forms of racial stress students may encounter in these contexts. The workshop also offers strategies for helping to minimize RBF and creating more supportive environments for students of color.