As a community we are continuing our work as it relates to race, equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI) within our community.   This commitment to equity is informed by and exemplified by the Hallmarks of a Notre Dame de Namur Learning Community:

  • We proclaim by our lives even more than by our words that God is good.
  • We honor the dignity and sacredness of each person.
  • We educate for, and act on behalf of, justice and peace in the world.
  • We commit ourselves to community service.
  • We embrace the gift of diversity.
  • We create community among those with whom we work and with those we serve.
  • We develop holistic learning communities which educate for life.

We are addressing race, equity, diversity and inclusion on interpersonal, institutional and professional/policy levels and know there is still much work to be done.  Here are some initiatives we are currently working on: 

  • Launching a REDI Taskforce for the 2020-21 academic year to audit and advise
  • Implementing a training series for administration, faculty, board members and students
  • Developing racial justice, equity, diversity and inclusion statements for external and internal communication
  • Updating/altering NDSJ policies and procedures
  • Auditing and developing curriculum for diverse perspectives and inclusion
  • Creating new and sustained racial justice, equity, diversity and inclusion events and ongoing learning opportunities 

This list is not exhaustive and will continue to build broader and deeper as we continue this work throughout the next six months.

Our Commitment to Community & Inclusion

As this work continues, we know that we have not yet gotten to where we aspire to build to, and want to ensure that if and when something happens, it is addressed directly and in a way that ensures that we are institutionally accountable. To that end, we are providing the grievance form and process below. 

Lastly, if you need or want additional support or information, please do not hesitate to contact Jess Pierce at: jess@piecebypiecestrategies.org

The respon­si­bil­ity to inves­ti­gate complaints (and/‚Äčor desig­nate other indi­vid­u­als to conduct inves­ti­ga­tions) under our grievance policy has been assigned to the Grievance Committee (In coordination with our REDI Consultant Jessica Pierce). Students who experience or witness conduct in viola­tion of this policy should imme­di­ately report it. Employ­ees who expe­ri­ence, witness, or other­wise become aware of conduct or alle­ga­tions of conduct in viola­tion of this policy are required to imme­di­ately report it.

Complaints may be reported online through the grievance form here: NDSJ Grievance Form.

Upon receipt of a complaint, the Grievance Committee (in coordination with our REDI Consultant, Jess Pierce ‘01) will promptly conduct an inves­ti­ga­tion in such a way as to main­tain confi­den­tial­ity to the extent prac­ti­cal under the circum­stances. Any student or employee who is found to have harassed, or committed serious hurt or harm against another student or employee will be subject to disci­pli­nary action. The School will also take appro­pri­ate correc­tive action to address any impacted third parties, address root cause issues that are related to NDSJ policies and procedures, and support any student that is interested in pursuing a restorative justice process.

Prohi­bi­tion Against Retaliation

Retal­i­a­tion or reprisal by any student or employee against parties, witnesses, or any other partic­i­pants in the report­ing and inves­ti­ga­tion process is strictly prohib­ited. Indi­vid­u­als who believe they have been retal­i­ated against in connec­tion with report­ing a complaint or other­wise partic­i­pat­ing in the process should imme­di­ately report such conduct to the Grievance Committee (In coordination with our REDI Consultant Jessica Pierce).

Any student or employee who is found to have retal­i­ated against a student or employee in viola­tion of this policy will be subject to disci­pli­nary action.