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.
In a powerful show of solidarity with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and youth around the country, Notre Dame students, faculty and staff walked around our campus block on March 14. For the final three minutes of the 17-minute march they linked arms and stood shoulder-to-shoulder in honor of the lives lost.
Notre Dame's Sister Project collects feminine products for donation to Sacred Heart Community Center, a valued downtown partner. This year, students collected more than 60,000 items – enough to fill three vans to capacity. In the seven years since its inception, the project has raised over $115,000 in products and cash donations.
YWCA Silicon Valley has named Principal Mary Beth Riley a 2018 Tribute to Women Award recipient. The Tribute to Women Awards recognize the achievements of women who have excelled in their field and have made significant contributions to the Silicon Valley through their leadership.
Emily '18 and Manasa '20 will have their art included in this year's NUMU ArtNow competition and exhibit. Selected from more than 1,400 submissions, their pieces will be judged by university art instructors. NUMU offers a total of $10,000 in scholarships and awards to encourage students to pursue a profession in the visual arts.