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After noticing that many advocacy organizations tended to solely target older teenagers and adults, Notre Dame senior Catherine Tong decided to start a speech and debate course that would teach young elementary schoolers about controversial social issues and help them develop their public speaking skills at the same time. The course was taught at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in downtown San Jose.

The Woman’s Place Project (WPP) is a Notre Dame tradition begun by Sister Maureen Hilliard 26 years ago. The project was inspired by The Dinner Party, Judy Chicago's iconic 1970's feminist project. The Woman's Place Project is an interdisciplinary project that asks each freshman to research a woman and create a table setting based on her life and accomplishments.

COVID restrictions were no match for the dauntless spirit and sisterhood of our Notre Dame students this week as they celebrated Spirit Week 2021. ASB School Council, under the leadership of president, Maddi Wong '21, brought joy and laughter to students at home and planned special celebrations for socially-distanced seniors who joined them on campus Friday.

In a year of COVID and remote learning, Spirit Week preparations have been a bit different but the enthusiasm and joy are still there! Songs have been practiced, games have been played, and the energy, even via Zoom, is high!  Spirit Week preparations officially kicked off Friday with the banner reveal! And, since gym decs are not possible this year, each class also revealed a mural featuring each student and their mentors.

We invite you to view this video, produced through a partnership between HP and NBC Bay Area, which highlights Notre Dame as the Center for Women's Leadership. It will air on NBC over the next six weeks in celebration of Women's History Month.

Notre Dame’s Facing History Student Leadership Group has been hosting a speaker series for Black History Month featuring many African American women from different careers and perspectives. Facing History members Rupali Batta ‘22 and Madeleine Lloyd ‘23 recently led an event that featured Tanya Fitzgerald, a Christian-Contemporary singer-songwriter and recording artist.

Notre Dame seniors Samskruthi Madireddy, Atreyi Mukherjee, Shruthi Sriram, Shreya Suresh and Julie Tran recently joined a prestigious group of high school seniors recognized as National Merit Finalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Because of their truly superb performance on the PSAT, all four young women will be considered for National Merit, college and corporate-sponsored scholarships.

In celebration of Black History Month and the start of the Lenten Season, the Black Student Union (BSU) hosted a beignet-making session on the afternoon of February 12th. Elaina Riley ‘21 led the one-hour session over Zoom after school, which was both a time to have fun and a time to learn about the history of Mardi Gras.

ND Dancers Takes Flight

February 12, 2021

On the evening of February 6, Notre Dame’s first dance show was broadcast on Youtube. The show featured Regent Collective Dance Company (RCDC) varsity and junior varsity dancers as well as students in the dance class. Modeled after the story of Peter Pan, “Flight” showcases the story of Wendy, who runs away from her parents with Peter Pan and explores Neverland, a place full of new people and creatures.

To recognize the beginning of Black History Month, Notre Dame hosted a Women of Impact Speaker Series centered around a discussion of Culturally Relevant Education. The event featured three notable black women: Dr. Felicia Mensah, Professor Gloria Ladson-Billings, and Ms. Wanda Holland Greene. Hosted by Rachel Aguilar ‘21, Notre Dame's Black Student Union (BSU) founder and president, the three women shared their thoughts on educating people about culture and racism in today’s society.

We are excited to announce the Notre Dame junior Claire Nguyen has been named the Catholic Community Foundation of Santa Clara County’s Catholic Impact Scholar. As such, she has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship towards tuition for her senior year at Notre Dame High School.

Notre Dame is proud to support Black History Month by allocating 100% of our Amazon Smile proceeds in February towards the Notre Dame Village Scholarship fund. Each Village Scholarship is comprised of a circle of 40 donors who want to take an active role in ensuring that an increasing number of Black students of African ancestry attend Notre Dame. Please use ND's Amazon Smile link (click on the image above) throughout this month and a percentage of your purchase price will automatically be donated to the Village Scholarship. Learn more about the Village Scholarship at

Notre Dame's director of college counseling, DeEnna Holohan, was recently recognized as one of only 12 recipients, nationwide, of the 2021 Counselors that Change Lives Award. The awards are presented by Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL), a non-profit organization dedicated to the ideal of a student-centered college search.

Notre Dame’s fall performance had to be a bit different this year due to the pandemic. This annual presentation is produced, directed and performed by students. Instead of having a regular play this year, they chose to have a drama festival, which is a performance consisting of scenes from different playwrights, including Shakespeare, ND students and outside sources. Stay tuned for information about viewing the result of their efforts!

Notre Dame was honored to be recognized by NBC Bay Area News on Inauguration Day and featured in their coverage of the event. Our students were sought out for their thoughts on the impact of the first women Vice President of the United States.

On Wednesday, January 20th, Notre Dame held a virtual watch party for students to witness the Inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris. Although a majority of students attended the livestream remotely, a small group of seniors had the opportunity to watch from a classroom in the Center for Women’s Leadership.

Notre Dame alum and Stanford University student Shreya Garg '20 is part of a team of science students chosen by NASA to have their experiment sent into space.

Notre Dame's Women of Impact Speaker Series featured a discussion with San Francisco Giant's coach Alyssa Nakken and Olympic medal winner Brenda Villa. This inspirational and informative session was moderated by senior Maddi Wong '21 whose podcast, Halftime Halfway, features interviews with women who have broken barriers in the sports world.

Recently Notre Dame invited former Black Panther Party* (BPP) members Katherine Campbell, Dr. Saturu Ned, and Steve McCutchen to have a virtual conversation with juniors and seniors. Led by moderator Milton Reynolds of Facing History & Ourselves, the three speakers answered questions centering around their personal experiences with the Black Panther Party, the original purpose of the organization, and the legacy they carried with them.

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On the night of November 6th, Notre Dame held its first virtual homecoming celebration. The theme this year was “Game Show,” featuring Family Feud, Jeopardy, the Price is Right, performances from the cheerleaders and many more. Both faculty and students participated in each game, making some unique memories during this unusual time!

NBC Bay Area and KTVU recently interviewed members of Notre Dame's League of Young Women Voters student club to find out what having a female vice president of the United States would mean to them. The group, although too young to cast a vote, has been actively encouraging the ND community.

In October, performing art students from Fleurs du Soleil, String Ensemble and Regent Harmonies pulled together individual recordings of "Together" by For King and Country for the YWCA Inspire Luncheon. This virtual event had hundreds of attendees from across the nation (and internationally too), and honorees included Chanel Miller, Ambassador Susan Rice, and journalist Audie Cornish. We will rise together.

Over the past couple of months the Janksters, Notre Dame's robotics team, have engaged in hands-on engineering projects despite having to meet virtually. While regular robotics team activities have been impacted by shelter-in-place, the robotics team and it’s leaders have worked hard to find creative ways for the team to develop and improve critical engineering skills. A recent example is the Roller Coaster Challenge. The challenge was to build a roller coaster with five unique elements using only materials found in their home.

On Friday the 30th, Lighthouse hosted their first-ever virtual suicide awareness presen...