LGBTQ & Allies

Stand Against Hate Week is an annual week long series of events, aimed at dialoguing around various issues of hate and unjust discrimination within the Notre Dame community, as well as the world at large.  Stand Against Hate Week aims to address a variety of ways in which our students are often victims of hate based on various aspects of their personhood (i.e. race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.).  The Gender Relations Center, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, and PrismND have worked hard to put together a week full of education and dialogue for our campus. 
This year’s schedule includes the following events:

Monday, 11/4

Ally Pledge and T-Shirt Distribution

NDH, SDH, LaFortune Elevator; 11am-1pm

As a Catholic university, we are unequivocally called to make Notre Dame a safe, welcoming, and inclusive community for individuals of all race, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social or economic class, and nationality, precisely because of Christ’s calling to treat others as we desire to be treated.  Grab a t-shirt and add your signature alongside others who pledge to promote the spirit of inclusion on this campus, and actively combat hate and unjust discrimination of all kinds.

Tuesday, 11/5

What It Means to Be an Ally Dinner

Oak Room; 6:30pm-8pm

What does it truly mean to be an ally for people who are marginalized in today’s society based on some aspect of their personhood (race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.)?  How do we live out the call to support and love our brothers and sisters in Christ, especially for those who are often victims of hate and discrimination?  Join us for dinner and the chance to hear a variety of Notre Dame faculty and staff members offer their perspectives on what it means to be an ally within our campus community.

Wednesday, 11/6

Interrace Forum: The Power of Kindness

Coleman-Morse Lounge; 5:30pm-7pm

The Interrace Forum is an intercultural dialogue group providing opportunities for self-discovery and dialogue about current issues impacting campus life.  Join us for dinner and dialogue regarding how kindness to others can be a powerful tool for change.

What About the “B” and the “T”?

Notre Dame Room, 8pm-9:30pm

When addressing the needs and concerns of the LGBTQ community, often times the ‘B’ and ‘T’ end up left out of the conversation.  So, what about the issues that face bisexual and transgender students?  This panel presentation will look to address some common questions regarding these communities, from a variety of perspectives: the approach of theology and pastoral ministry in working with our students within our Catholic community, the academic discipline of Gender Studies, the practitioner viewpoint of Counseling Psychology, and the voice of our students themselves.  Join us as we look to begin a dialogue around the struggles that these communities face, and how we can offer them support and inclusion within our campus community.

Thursday, 11/7

Candlelight Prayer Service

Grotto; 7:45pm

Come together as a community to pray in solidarity for an end to acts of hate and discrimination on our campus, and throughout the world.

Friday, 11/8

Hot Apple Cider and Donuts

Fieldhouse Mall; 1pm-3pm

Wear your Stand Against Hate Week t-shirts, tack on your Ally buttons, and join us for a little Friday afternoon break.  What better way to wrap up the week than hot cider, donuts, and time with friends?


Question Boards (All Week)

Have a question about issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, or other areas of one’s personhood traditionally targeted for hate and discrimination, but don’t know who – or how – to ask?  Look for question boxes around campus to submit your own and join the conversation.  Then swing by the first floor of LaFortune throughout Stand Against Hate Week to see what the Notre Dame community is wondering about.


“For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made; for you would not fashion what you hate.”  Wisdom 11:24