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Justice immersion opportunities are powerful learning tools that surround a student with an intense experience. Through local, national and international immersion experiences, students are empowered to work effectively with diverse populations in a variety of settings to build global perspective, cultural competency and cultural fluency. This week 20 Notre Dame freshmen participated in a local plunge experience at Sacred Heart Community Service, located in the heart of our downtown San Jose neighborhood.

Notre Dame's Regent Collective Dance Company presented its first dance extravaganza, Welcome to the Circus, last week. The show featured jazz, ballet and modern dance performances and was enjoyed by more than 250 attendees!

Notre Dame welcomed 49 women from a variety of industries to our annual junior networking event, providing the Class of 2020 with an opportunity to refine their networking and communication skills. Part of the career and life success program, the event featured 22 Notre Dame alumnae!

Alumnae Celebrate Sisterhood

January 16, 2019

The bonds and joy of Notre Dame sisterhood were evident in December as alumnae returned to their downtown San Jose stomping grounds to share updates, reminisce about their high school years and share lots and lots of love and laughter!

Our most recent alumnae returned to campus to share their experiences with current students this week, providing insight into college life.

Scarves for our Neighbors

December 13, 2018

In an annual tradition, students, staff and parents created 65 scarves to donate to local agencies this winter. Started by Notre Dame's kind and welcoming receptionist, Emilia Peña-Bobst, eighteen years ago, the project has grown steadily. This year, the 65 scarves, created by Emilia, her crew of students, and some parents and staff are being donated to the Bill Wilson Center and the National Alliance on Mental Illness shelter in our local neighborhood.

Notre Dame Celebrates Advent

December 13, 2018

Notre Dame's on-campus student group, Latinas Unidas, partnered with campus ministry to organize a celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. On that crisp fall morning the entire learning community of students, faculty and staff made their annual pilgrimage to our downtown place of worship, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph for a morning of prayer, song, music and dance.

Notre Dame's Robotics Team, The Janksters, competed at Capital City Classic, their second and final 2018 off-season competition, in Davis in late October. The Janksters traveled with only a third of the team, about 20 people, which meant many people stepped into new roles.

The more than 100 student athletes participating in volleyball, cross country, tennis and golf  wrapped up their 2018-19 fall season last night with an awards ceremony. Seventeen students were recognized by the West Bay Athletic League for their outstanding performance with Nadia Truong and Cailin Le earning MVP designations.

Students Hold Mock Elections

November 8, 2018

One of the values and traditions of Notre Dame is its engagement in the community. The school is committed to fostering active membership in society including participation in elections. For this important midterm election 21 Notre Dame students were trained and working the polls throughout the county on Tuesday.

Twenty-three vocalists and instrumentalists performed for a crowd of more than 1,900 at the YWCA Inspire Luncheon held at the convention center this week. The students, who wore t-shirts emblazoned with "I believe Anita & Christina and You," earned a standing ovation for their performance of You Will be Found from the musical Dear Evan Hansen.

The Notre Dame campus and Pardini Park were transformed into a playground for historical figures, evil witches and all manner of creative characters on Wednesday as students, faculty and staff celebrated Halloween with a costume contest, games, food and fun including the ever-popular donut on a string game!

Notre Dame's fall drama production was twice as much fun as usual this year as the cast and crew worked to bring two productions, Cinderella, Cinderella and Twinderella to audiences. The cast and crew, comprised of more than 120 students, brought delight to family and friends in the audience over two weekends. In addition, the production was performed for local children's groups.

Notre Dame’s junior class had the opportunity to hear a performance by No-No Boy, a multimedia concert performed by Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama this week. No-No Boy aims to illuminate an understudied past and in doing so, generate conversations about the present with diverse audiences. Using music to process their research and family legacies, Saporiti and Aoyama return often to a refrain they’ve heard spoken by those who have lived through the trauma of war and incarceration, “Do not let this happen, again.”

The Class of 2022 gathered with parents, faculty, and staff for the annual Freshman Family Liturgy this week. This teaching mass offers an introduction to Catholic liturgy and includes connections to prayer practices from the many faiths represented in our diverse community.

Best selling author and publisher Dave Eggers joined the ND community last week for the 12th annual ND Reads event. The subject of this year's ND Reads selection, The Monk of Mokha, Mokhtar Alkhanshali, joined Dave for a discussion about the book, the American Dream and concepts of hyphenated identities and the dignity of work.

In the first competition of the year, the Janksters earned a place as second-seeded alliance captains at CalGames last week. This was the highest qualification ranking in team history!

Forty juniors joined the Class of 2022 for one of Notre Dame's time-honored traditions, Freshman Sleepover. The big sisters took charge of the event, helping the newest members of the ND sisterhood with games and activities that, ultimately, lead them to voting on the colors and mascot that will identify them throughout their high school years and even as they join the more than 8,000 alumnae in the ND network! We're excited to introduce the Orange and Light Blue Raptors!

To further their discussion around inclusion and exclusion, a key theme for the year, the entire junior class recently ventured to Angel Island. Now a California State Park, Angel Island served as a “holding place” in the early 1900s for primarily Chinese immigrants after strict immigration laws severely restricted them from entering the United States. It functioned as both an immigration and deportation facility, at which some 175,000 Chinese and about 60,000 Japanese immigrants were detained, generally from two weeks to six months, before being allowed to enter the United States.

Notre Dame seniors Cynthia, Anisha, Sahithi and Cassidy recently joined a prestigious group of high school seniors recognized as National Merit Semifinalists in the 2019 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 if they move to finalist status, notification of which is made in the spring

Students recently took a walking field trip to San Jose State University's Thompson Gallery to view artist Jonathan Fung's video art installation, Prey, and learn from the author. Students discussed the intersection of art and justice and the atrocity of sexual exploitation through the metaphoric and symbolic meaning of Prey.

In the first interdisciplinary, all-class field trip of the year, the Class of 2022 visited San Jose’s Japantown, bringing to life core ideas from Notre Dame’s Education for Justice & Leadership curriculum and the freshman summer reading book, Samurai’s Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama.

KQED's online platform, KQED Learn, currently features four book reviews written by Notre Dame students. The site will soon feature a fifth student review of The Catcher in The Rye, to be included as part of the PBS Great American Read list.

A sea of grey skirts flowed over the downtown San Jose streets as more 700 members of the Notre Dame community of students, faculty and staff made their way to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, our downtown place of worship, for the first liturgy of the school year.

Pardini Park was buzzing with seniors dressed in green and gold as they prepared to make their grand entrance into Notre Dame’s first mixer of the 2018-2019 school year. In attendance was more than half of the Class of 2019, determined to make sure the back to school mixer was an unforgettable experience. Their green and gold spirit was evident, even in the lights that shone on the dancers.