Venite ad me omnes: “Come to me all of you.”
That is the inscription on the base of the statue of Jesus that stands before the University of Notre Dame’s Golden Dome. It is a message of diversity and inclusion that guides our community—from our undergraduate population to our faculty and staff to the close-knit members of the MBA program.
While celebrating diversity is woven into the fabric of the Notre Dame student experience year-round, Walk the Walk Week is a special time for the campus community to focus intensely on the value of diverse perspectives. Through a series of University and department-sponsored events and community-building dialogues, students and faculty come together to reflect on some of the most pressing social concerns of our day.
On January 15, 2018, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Notre Dame kicked off its third annual Walk the Walk Week with a candlelight prayer service. Some of the week’s events included:
- An L.A. Theatre Works performance of The Mountaintop, a play that imagines what happened inside the Lorraine Motel in Memphis the night before Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated
- A conversation with Assistant Professor of Sociology Jennifer A. Jones titled “A New Civil Rights Agenda: Racism, Multiracial Coalitions and Pathways for Solidarity”
- The Duncan Student Center Grand Opening, featuring a variety of multicultural student group performances
The week-long celebration culminated on January 22 during a luncheon in which retired NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson and his son, Corey, a 2017 Notre Dame graduate, delivered the keynote speech about their family’s commitment to serving others.
Walk the Walk Week is just the beginning
Notre Dame’s MBA students have access to a wide range of programs and initiatives meant to celebrate diversity year-round. Student organizations like Black Graduates in Management Club, Asian MBA Club, Hispanic MBA Club, Women in Business Club and the LGBT and Allies Club offer students the opportunity to network, make meaningful connections with their peers and receive social and professional support during their time in the MBA program.
The aforementioned clubs routinely organize social outings, professional development opportunities and community outreach. “We hosted a toy drive for the Boys & Girls Club in South Bend that was really successful,” notes Terrell Hunt ’19, a member of the Black Graduates in Management Club. “We also recently held a Friendsgiving, where we had good food and unwound at the end of the semester, which was much needed.”
In addition to joining existing student organizations, MBA students routinely start their own clubs. “If you’re a student here and you have the initiative to start something, it can definitely happen,” says Matt Kaufman ’18, co-founder of the LGBT and Allies Club. “There are a lot of people who want to help you. It’s a really collaborative environment and we’re all here to help each other.”