2022 Featured Events

January 16

#20 Notre Dame Women's Basketball vs #19 North Carolina

Purcell Pavilion

Join us at Purcell Pavilion for a top-25 ranked matchup between Notre Dame women’s basketball and North Carolina. The event is part of Athletic's year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Black Student-Athletes. In-game festivities include a halftime recognition of faculty and staff members who have championed our campus community efforts and helped move the needle locally in diversity and inclusion, along with a special video showing the success of the athletic department's StaNDtogether initiative. In addition, our women’s hoop team will be wearing throwback warmup shirts from the 1980s in honor of Trena Keys, the first black women’s basketball player to earn a scholarship with the program. 

January 17

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Local Community

On January 17, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Going forward, Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be a University holiday for students, faculty, and staff. So that we might all have the opportunity to honor Dr. King’s legacy on MLK Day in our own ways—by participating in a service project, attending events in the local community, worshipping in our faith communities, engaging in dialogue with friends and colleagues, or spending time with our families and loved ones—we will not plan any campus-wide observances that day.

Below you will find opportunities in the local community on MLK Day. 

Listing of community events

January 18

Literally, Black@ND

Patricia George Decio Theatre, DPAC

Join us for a live, in-person, episode of Black@ND as we speak with various groups on campus about what it's like to be Black at the University of Notre Dame. 

Walk the Walk: Building the "Beloved Community" at Notre Dame

Washington Hall

Members of the Notre Dame community are invited to attend "Walk the Walk: Building the Beloved Community" at Notre Dame for a student-focused panel discussion sponsored by the Office of the President in collaboration with Student Government. The student-focused panel will discuss Dr. King's vision for the "Beloved Community" and consider the actions we can take, individually and collectively, to build such a community here at Notre Dame.

Following the panel discussion, join us in the Main Building Rotunda for our annual MLK Day Candlelight Prayer Service.

The doors of Washington Hall will open at 7:30 p.m. Masks and physical distancing will be required. The panel discussion and prayer service will also be live-streamed on diversity.nd.edu/mlk.

Annual MLK Day Candlelight Prayer Service

Main Building Rotunda

Join us as we reflect on Dr. King's legacy and pray for an end to racism, inequality and injustice in our communities, nation, and world. 

The Prayer Service will take place in the Main Building Rotunda and will also be live-streamed on diversity.nd.edu/mlk.



January 19

Postponed: Q&A Session with Bishop Michael Curry

McKenna Hall Auditorium

Please note this event has been postponed to a later date to be determined.

Bishop Michael Curry, the first African American to serve as Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, is known for his zeal for Christ, his captivating preaching, and his efforts to cultivate a culture of inclusion among Christians. Join Bishop Curry and members of the Notre Dame community in a Q&A session to hear more about his life, faith, and ministry.  

Screening of the Original "Show Some Skin: The Race Monologues"

Andrew Auditorium/Coffee House, Geddes Hall

Show Some Skin is an annual, student-led monologues performance project that gives voice to unspoken stories centered on identity and difference, written and submitted anonymously by members of the Notre Dame community. Join us for a screening of 2012's inaugural Show Some Skin: The Race Monologues, to be followed by discussion about race, racism, and equity at Notre Dame.

Postponed: Ecumenical Prayer Service: Celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Please note, this event has been postponed to a later date to be determined. 

Join members of the Notre Dame and greater South Bend community as we gather to celebrate what it means to be children of God. Bishop Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and one of the most prominent African American clergymen in the country, will be presiding. Bishop Curry will be joined by local clergy from the South Bend community to pray for unity and celebrate our diverse expressions of faith. We invite members of the Notre Dame and South Bend communities from all faith backgrounds to take part in this celebration.

January 20

Transnational Black Feminism and the Pursuit of Peace

Virtual Event

K. Melchor Quick Hall

Resident Scholar, Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University

In this interactive lecture, Hall aims to explore what a transnational Black feminist (TBF) framework has to offer peace studies. She will guide audience members in a discussion about the TBF guiding principles of intersectionality, scholar-activism, solidarity, attention to borders/boundaries, and radically transparent positionality.

This event is sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. More information and registration can be found here.

Social Concerns Fair

Dahnke Ballroom, Duncan Student Center

Come join us to find ways to engage in the South Bend community. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to meet with more than 50 local community organizations and community-oriented student groups. Meet local community leaders and sign up for various community engagement opportunities including community-engaged learning/research, volunteering, internships, civic engagement, and employment opportunities. Get to know South Bend and learn how to get involved during spring semester and beyond. More information can be found here.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns, ND Student Government, Alliance for Catholic Education, Holy Cross College, Indiana University South Bend, and Ivy Tech.

Take the Next Step

210 LaFortune Student Center

The campus is invited to learn more about the DEI initiatives at Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS) and to build and strengthen fellowship within the Notre Dame community. There will be opportunities to sign up for workshops, meet with student groups and leaders, and learn more about the spring events that will be hosted by MSPS and our cultural clubs. 


January 21

In Conversation: Kevin Beasley's Chair of the Ministers of Defense

Snite Museum of Art

Join Snite Museum staff for a discussion of Kevin Beasley's monumental installation, Chair of the Ministers of Defense. After closely looking at and thinking through the work of art, student leaders from Student Government will lead a restorative reflection, inviting participants to visually reflect on the work of art, the discussion, other events of Walk the Walk Week, and how the work of art challenges us today. Co-sponsored by Student Government.

Conversation with Daniel P. Horan, Author of "A White Catholic's Guide to Racism and Privilege"


The Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights will welcome Fr. Daniel P. Horan, Director of the Center for Spirituality at St. Mary's College and the author of A White Catholic's Guide to Racism and Privilege, for a special Spring edition of its Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary series on Catholic AllyshipKlau Center Associate Director Dory Mitros Durham will engage Fr. Dan in a conversation about racial justice rooted in the Catholic faith and about the special obligations of Catholic institutions of higher education to address racial justice with as much fervor as we approach other morally imperative justice issues.  Registration and more information can be found here

Black Mental Health Matters

St Liam, Room 307

Join the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, University Counseling Center, and Student Government for a conversation on mental health and well-being in the black community. Participants will be invited to view a showing of a “Mental Health, Trauma and Black Communities” special, and will be guided in group discussion by members of McWell and the UCC. We will seek to engage in conversations that address the stigma of mental health, the importance of effective allyship, and opportunities for healing as a community. Spots are limited. Typical COVID guidelines will be in place, and masks must be worn during the entirety of the event. Please use this form to register.

January 25

Workshop for the PricewaterhouseCoopers Center for Diversity & Inclusion

LaFortune Sorin Room and Dooley Room

Students are invited to share their insights during this workshop for the  PricewaterhouseCoopers Center for Diversity & Inclusion. Workshop Architects, Inc. (the same firm that designed Duncan Student Center) will be available to listen to students share their ideas as to what is needed in the Center. These Open Focus Groups will occur concurrently in both the Sorin and Dooley Rooms on the first floor of LaFortune Student Center.

Additional Resources

75 Years of Black Student-Athletes

In honor of the 75th anniversary of Frazier Thompson, the first Black student-athlete, competing in a varsity sport, track & field, at the University of Notre Dame, the series "Signed, the Irish" shares the stories and experiences of Black student-athletes. These installments celebrate 75 years of Black student-athletes’ academic, athletic and postgraduate impact on the University and broader community.

View the series "Signed, the Irish" Now

Black@ND Podcast

Black@ND is a talk show created and co-hosted by Emorja Roberson, Euda Fils, Daut'e Martin, and Blake Woods. It seeks to be a forum for an open and honest conversation that gives greater visibility to the experience of black students, faculty, staff, and alumni at the University of Notre Dame. Its purpose is to foster constructive self-criticism and awareness within the University community in order to contribute to the University’s mission to promote a spirit of diversity and inclusion.

Listen to the Podcast Now

Notre Dame Stories: Equity in Policing

As the national conversation about race and policing took shape over the summer of 2020, questions began surfacing about how police departments would respond. At Notre Dame, they were already working on an answer. With guests Keri Kei Shibata, Chief, Notre Dame Police Department; Mike Seamon, Vice President for Campus Safety and University Operations; and Matty Aubourg '21, Frontline ND and Vice President of Multicultural Pre-Health Society

Learn more about Equity in Policing

With Voices True

In partnership with the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy and University of Notre Dame Archives, the Klau Center seeks to give voice to the Notre Dame community on issues of race and racial identity. Through written, spoken, or visual stories, our community reflects on how we experience race, how it shapes our lives, and how we navigate relationships within it.

Learn more about With Voices True

Highlights from Walk the Walk Week 2022: Building the "Beloved Community" at Notre Dame.

As part of Walk the Walk Week 2022, a student-focused panel discussed Dr. King's vision for the "Beloved Community" and considered the actions we can take, individually and collectively, to build such a community at Notre Dame.

View the video now

Featured Media


Annual MLK Day Candlelight prayer service

Walk the Walk 2022 Candlelight Prayer Service Recap

The seventh annual Walk the Walk Week began with the candlelight prayer service in the Main Building rotunda. The event kicked off a week of events designed to foster dialogue and reflection on making Notre Dame a more inclusive community.

Overhead view of the rotunda in the Main Building where dozens of people hold candles

Candlelight Prayer Service

The annual MLK Day Candlelight Prayer Service brought members of the Notre Dame community together to reflect on Dr. King's legacy and pray for an end to racism, inequality, and injustice in our communities, nation, and world.

Seven people sitting on chairs on a stage below a projection of MLK Jr.

Walk the Walk: Building the "Beloved Community" at Notre Dame

Members of the Notre Dame community attended a student-focused panel discussion sponsored by the Office of the President in collaboration with Student Government. "Walk the Walk: Building the 'Beloved Community' at Notre Dame" discussed Dr. King's vision for the "Beloved Community" and considered the actions we can take, individually and collectively, to build such a community here at Notre Dame.

A close-up photo of a lit glass candle with Walk the Walk week printed on it

A Message from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day


View all 2022 Walk the Walk Week photos

What’s Your Next Step?

Tweet what you can do to make Notre Dame a more diverse and inclusive community using #NDwalkthewalk.