Welcome to the ND Boston Diversity Alumni Community
Welcome to the Notre Dame Club of Greater Boston's Diversity Program page. Here in Boston, as at the University, we are committed to engaging and supporting all members of our community. We believe that the inclusion of different types of people makes as stronger as a club. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.
Notre Dame has a very active network of alumni affinity groups serving the diversity community. Here are several resources to find out more about each. (Note, the Facebook groups are "closed" and require approval to join after requesting access)
To fulfill this mission, we will be offering programs and events that are reflective of varying interests as well as integrating diversity themes into programming sponsored by each of the "6 C's". The club especially wants to recognize various "heritage" celebrations throughout the year in Boston such as Black History Month in February, Gay Pride in June and National Hispanic Heritage Month starting September 15th.
If interested in helping out, or have an idea for an event, please contact the committee chair Jack Bergen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ND Boston Diversity Committee
- Jack Bergen - Committee Chair
- Mike Joyce
- Lauren Mack
- Katie Courtney
- Didi Garcia-Banigan
- Hazel Navarro
- Zach Burrus
- Augie Grace (Consultant)
UPCOMING DIVERSITY EVENTS AND HERITAGE CELBRATIONS:
Previous Diversity Events & Heritage Celebrations:
June 2017 - Gay Pride Month
June is Gay Pride Month in Boston and around the US. Gay Pride celebrations are used to recognize and honor the sacrifices of the many brave men and women who fought against discrimination during the 50's and 60's. At the height of the "gay revolution", the infamous Stonewall Riots occurred on June 28, 1969. That event was the watershed moment in modern LGBT rights movement and the impetus for organizing LGBT pride marches on a much larger public scale. In 2016, President Obama designated the park across from the Stonewall Inn as a National Monument as a lasting memory to that important struggle in our nation's history.
ND Boston, in partnership with GALA ND/SMC, the Notre Dame LGBT Alumni group and the Boston College LGBT Alumni group, celebrated Boston Pride at the Pride Lights celebration in the historic South End.
May 2017 - Asian Pacific American Month
During May, ND Boston celebrates Asian Pacific American Month. To help us learn about this, Didi Garcia-Banigan, ND’94 and Diversity Alumni committee member, has shared this blog about her Filipino culture.
Filipinos celebrate with fiestas all-year round. Throughout the country, May is particularly special with naturally blooming tropical flowers showing the gifts of the rains from the changing seasons. Filipinos give praise to the Blessed Virgin Mary during colorful festivals, like Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May). Many towns celebrate Flores de Mayo with afternoon rosary and flower offerings to Mary, then gathering for eating and dancing afterwards as a community.
As a Filipino, the intersection point of my years at Notre Dame and my Filipino heritage is praying the rosary. I know praying the rosary at the Grotto as a student inspired me thru many happy times as well as some hard challenges. Today, I listen to the same CD of Father Hesburgh praying the rosary, giving me strength and filling me with gratitude each morning as I start my day of work and family care.
As we come to the end of May, the month of Mary, let’s all count our blessings and pray the rosary in offering of our own Flores de Mayo to the Blessed Virgin, the patron of our University.