The author of Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Strikers, Suffragists Immigrants, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California recently spoke to the junior class, sharing stories of little-known activists that have fought for civil rights in California.
Students from more than ten Bay Area schools performed in Nazaara 2018, an annual dance showcase hosted by Notre Dame and Bellarmine high schools. Proceeds from this annual event benefits One School at a Time, or OSAAT, an organization that helps build schools in rural India.
Students, faculty and staff enjoyed a morning walk to our downtown place of worship, Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph for a Holy Week service. In his homily, Monsignor Cilia encouraged young people to raise their voices for those in need and for justice. The liturgy also included a blessing of immersion trip participants as well as all those who have taken action to rise up in leadership, justice and solidarity.
Representative Zoe Lofgren recently spoke to students at Notre Dame, encouraging them to volunteer, join campaigns and participate in demonstrations to make their voices heard. She also shared that the most important thing students can do to ensure a better future is to understand the power that they have as young people and the rights they have as Americans.
Each student has the opportunity to develop her leadership skills within the co-curricular program of her choice. Students develop voice and experience in our empowering environment.
In the midst of a rapidly changing world, Notre Dame's spirit and traditions remain. Whether donning crazy costumes for Spirit Week, walking downtown to attend mass, or swaying arm-in-arm while singing the alma mater, generations of women have upheld these traditions and called Notre Dame home.
Notre Dame's progressive culture of solution-finding, resource-sharing, skill-building and partnerships promotes curiosity and creativity within a unique learning environment.
A Notre Dame education extends well beyond the footprint of our downtown San Jose campus, out into the tenth largest city in the United States and the thriving center of Silicon Valley.
Notre Dame has changed my life in so many incredible ways! ND sparked my passion for performing arts, leadership, social justice and education. I've made lifelong friends and mentors under Notre Dame's loving and constantly supportive environment. Notre Dame has made me the young woman I am today and for that, I am forever grateful. Thank you.
At Berkeley I found a campus full of students that align with my deep passion for activism. Its strength in social justice and political science, its friendly and open community and the great squash team were some of the many reasons I decided to go. Notre Dame has helped me be the woman of impact I am today by instilling in me passions for leadership and activism and I am thankful for the experiences I've had and the people I've met.
I have been fortunate to receive a powerful and truly galvanizing education here at Notre Dame, allowing me to grow as an individual and explore my interests as well as build community and strengthen my teamwork with women I am proud to call my ND sisters. As I take the first steps into a bright future, I carry with me the values and experiences I have acquired from Notre Dame onto the Caltech campus and its similarly small, research-focused, academically challenging, fun-loving and friendly environment!
I chose the University of Chicago due to its culture of learning just for the sake of learning, and of seeking new opportunities to explore different disciplines whenever possible. At Chicago, it's not weird to love learning or exploring connections between various subjects. Leaving Notre Dame, I know I am now more self-confident, assertive, unafraid and motivated to use my education to fight for justice and to pursue a career I am passionate about.
I look forward to attending UBC in the fall because of its amazing location on the coastline, extensive research opportunities, and overall great environmental programs. The two things I think I will take away most from ND are the great community of friends I can fall back on if needed and the drive for social justice.
When I visited UC Berkeley, I was captivated by its passion and its down-to-earth atmosphere. Notre Dame has helped me mature into a more caring and confident person, and it has instilled within me a passion for learning, community outreach and social justice. I am thrilled to continue growing academically and as a person in UC Berkeley. Go Bears!
Davis provides a good pathway for my career plan with the added bonus of being close to home which is why I felt it was a good choice. I also love the area, both in and off campus, and believe it is the best place for me to spend my next four years! Notre Dame has taught me so much about being a woman of impact and I hope to further improve upon that not only throughout my journey at Davis, but through my career as well.
I've wanted to go to school in Manhattan since I was a little kid, and being given the opportunity to get two masters degrees in 5 years was too exciting to turn down! The New School's commitment to social justice is just like the environment I have come to love at ND, and the students who attend the New School are as dedicated, respectful and kind as ND's students. It felt like home the minute I walked into the Lang building, and I can't wait to see what the next 5 years will bring!
I came into high school shy and unsure of what I wanted to do, but now I am graduating as a confident young woman. ND has helped me grow my ability to assert myself and to fake confidence until I know what I'm doing. I chose RPI because it will help me continue developing the skills I've grown at ND and learn new technical skills. They have open labs and tons of clubs that interest me, such as Engineers without Borders.
After visiting Santa Clara, I realized that the students there shared a similar story to mine, and inspired me to work hard and pursue my passions. These aspirations have led me to realize that the only place I have to go is up! Notre Dame gave me the foundation I needed to become my own kind of leader and try new things. I know these skills will stay with me for college and beyond!
My swim coach always told me that "It is not a matter of if but when." I applied that principle to my college decision process. Xavier University in Cincinnati has been by top choice school since my freshman year. Xavier allowed me to differ my college acceptance for a year which allows me to take classes at West Valley and work at the same time. The college process is less black and I white than I ever could have expected, but Notre Dame has prepared us well to be able to navigate.
Walking onto USC’s beautiful campus, I felt immediately at home and could envision myself living and studying there. USC attracted me with its’ amazing engineering school, research opportunities and huge school spirit. My main takeaway from Notre Dame is the importance of a close, supportive community and at USC I felt that same warmth and welcome. Notre Dame has set me up to thrive in college and I am so excited for the next four years!
As I was pondering what college to attend, my mind kept wandering back to USF with its diverse and welcoming community - an environment I was already familiar with. If there is anything that Notre Dame has taught me, it is that the challenges that will come from this new experience can be conquered. By applying the same strength and perseverance I learned here, I know that my journey will be a good one.
I have chosen to attend the University of Portland because I fell in love with the sense of community, which is extremely comparable to the sisterhood I experienced at Notre Dame. University of Portland's strong nursing program also attracted me as it will successfully prepare me for my future career as a nurse. While I am beyond excited begin this new and exciting chapter in my life, I will always look back on the memorable years I spent at ND.
After stepping foot onto Dominican's campus, I knew it was exactly where I wanted to go for college. I felt like I was at home, and it was the same feeling I have every time I step foot on the Notre Dame campus. I'm excited to continue to my college journey and Notre Dame has given me the confidence and bravery to pursue my dreams as a life-long learner.