Growth & Inclusion
At Mendoza, you belong.
To us, your personal growth is as important as your academic success. Here, you are known by name by your professors and peers, in an environment that encourages you to contribute, cooperate and compete ethically for the benefit of society.
No matter your program of study, know that we’re here to support your individual journey at the Mendoza College of Business.
Diversity at Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame promotes a spirit of diversity, equity and inclusion through academic inquiry and programs and opportunities that reflect our foundational belief in the dignity of all people.
We invite you to explore the stories and activities that bring life to this important aspect of Notre Dame.
Statement from Dean Martijn J. Cremers
As the business school of the University of Notre Dame, we reassert the University’s continued commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion:
“At the Mendoza College of Business, diversity, equity and inclusion are foundational to our imperative to Grow the Good in Business™: to educate business leaders who focus on contributing to everyone in society, to cooperating in solidarity and to creating a culture where we succeed and grow together.”
Student & Alumni Impact
Change-makers from our community of alumni and current students.
Alumna Profile "I hope that my girls will learn from me and be better, stronger women. I want them to value personal growth and development and, above all, understand that anything is possible for a woman, even in a male-dominated world.”
Alumni with Impact "The headlines around startups are romanticized. You have to have a passion for the problem you’re trying to solve. Passion is more important than expertise. It has to be core to the founding DNA of an idea or company."
Alumna Testimonial "The Notre Dame family is a community I am proud to be a part of. The network has incredible presence to leverage across industries and I have found individuals are always willing to connect."
Alumnus Profile “I feel like I compete so much every day as an entrepreneur, that I needed something I knew would be competitive, yet inclusive. I needed a family, something to surround myself with.”
Alumni with Impact Voris Roberts Vigee (MNA ’20) became the first Black and female president and chief executive officer for Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana in January 2021.
Student Success Story The Observer writes about three Mendoza business students who generated a marketing and distribution plan for the latest fundraising efforts of a local nonprofit.
Alumni with Impact Just in time for #DryJanuary, Emree (Chapman) Woods‘ non-alcoholic beer line entered the niche craft brew scene. “I’m extremely excited about the potential of the industry. It’s part of a ‘better-for-you’ trend. Part of living a healthy lifestyle is cutting back on alcohol."
Alumna Feature "During my career, I always knew I'd be able to achieve what I want and Big Four accounting was what I wanted. Notre Dame helped me shorten the process of getting there."
Alumnus Testimonial "I chose to come to Notre Dame for a high-quality education, but I’ll be forever impacted by the sense of community and family that I built along the way."
Student Perspective "My peers’ willingness to share their lived experiences in the classroom has created a rich learning opportunity. It is this exposure to diversity that I am incredibly grateful for."
Alumnus Testimonial "I had the opportunity to lead the Black Graduates in Management Club in my first year. In addition to working closely with Mendoza personnel to work on the college’s diversity, inclusion and collaboration goals, I was able to hone the management and leadership skills that come with running a student organization."
Campus Affinity Groups & Clubs
The University of Notre Dame Accounting Association (NDAA) exists to provide junior and senior accountancy majors, and sophomore business majors who are considering accountancy as a major, an organization which provides support, employment contacts, social gatherings/events, and a unifying bond in the form of membership.
This mission, or purpose, of the NDAA is focused entirely upon the undergraduate accountancy major and seeks to uphold the University’s mission along with the teachings of the Catholic church.
Visit our website: http://www3.nd.edu/~ndaa/
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The purpose of ABS shall be to establish a community using the Notre Dame network to promote the advancement of Asian and Asian American undergraduate students in their business careers.
The Asian Business Society will work toward its goals by: 1) providing resources and mentorship for undergraduates in their career discernment; 2) preparing an supporting undergraduates in networking and obtaining competitive positions; and 3) offering professional insights in different industries, especially pan-Asian views, and life lessons.
The Association of Latino Professionals In Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) is the nation’s leading – oldest, largest, and fastest growing – Latino/ Hispanic professional association focused on business, accounting, finance and related fields and functions. ALPFA is a not-for-profit entity registered with the Internal Revenue Service.
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The student chapter of NABA of Notre Dame shall unite through membership accounting students who have similar interests and ideals, are committed to academic and future professional excellence, have a sense of professional and civic responsibility, and are concerned with enhancing opportunities for minorities in the accounting profession.
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The purpose of Black ND Capital shall be to educate our members in personal finance and to adequately prepare them for a career in the financial services industry.
Black ND Capital will work toward its goals by: 1) building a foundation that addresses the financial literacy gap between the average Notre Dame student and underrepresented students at the University; 2) providing educational resources through both technical online platforms and real-world applications; 3) engaging in industry talks and technical training with professionals whose missions aligns with BNDC; 4) connecting our club members with opportunities and contacts at leading financial services firms; 5) providing mock interviews and other preparatory materials for members interested in financial services; 6) developing an understanding about the lack of diversity in the industry, and how to navigate it; 7) and creating a community of underrepresented students at Notre Dame that are interested in financial services to share experiences and insights.
The mission of the Chinese Student & Scholar Association is to promote the friendship and cultural exchange between Chinese people and people from other countries.
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The primary purpose of this organization is to advocate the corporate finance industry and assist members in networking, personal branding, and the interviewing process to obtain internships and full-time employment.
The club shall seek to supplement the classroom education of members and broaden their awareness of the financial world’s theories, principles and practices.
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The purpose of ND Data shall be to expand the influence of data science, statistics, and machine learning across all majors in the Notre Dame student population.
ND Data will work toward its goal by:
- Leading multiple series of student-led workshops. During these workshops, club leaders will teach foundational data science concepts such as Python, SQL, and Machine Learning as well as provide hands-on learning projects for students to complete (DataMaster)
- Inviting data science experts, such as professors or algorithmic scientists from companies, to share their unique perspectives on the applications of data science to their respective fields (DataConnect)
- Organizing hack-athons and data-thons as well as portfolio-building workshops during which students can practice their data science skills and showcase them to potential employers (DataDev).
The purpose of the Entrepreneurship Society of Notre Dame shall be to foster the entrepreneurial spirit and ability of Notre Dame undergraduate students through coordinating programs which emphasize entrepreneurship.
The mission of the club shall be attained through the following means:
- Coordinating guest speakers throughout the year.
- Devising new and creative ways to raise money while providing real experience in starting new ventures.
- Providing resources for any students interested in starting a new venture, but lack the resources necessary.
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We will act as vocal, collaborative force for the women of Notre Dame, South Bend, and anywhere else women need help finding their voice. We will promote women’s rights in a respectful and educational setting.
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The purpose of FLCND shall be to provide economic empowerment through the coordination of educational and informational resources surrounding building generational wealth and investing.
FLCND will work toward its goals by:
- Empowering undergraduate students with the educational resources based in financial literacy and wealth building
- Creating meetings and curricula surrounding investing, saving, budgeting and credit in order to provide economic empowerment and education
- Create financial literacy resources for first-generation, low-income students and outline a path to generational wealth that begins in college
- Establishing a community of like-minded undergraduate students who empower and educate each other on the path to full financial literacy
- Provide financial literacy resources for the local South Bend Community through collaboration with existing entities such as MoneyThink and Student Government.
The purpose of Founders of Notre Dame shall be to inject the creative and innovative energy of Silicon Valley into the Notre Dame student body to empower students to be entrepreneurial forces for good in the world.
The purpose of Innovation for Impact shall be to foster the development of innovation and design-thinking concepts through meaningful work on real-world assignments through working with global organizations on world-changing projects, giving students the opportunity to use their education and platform to help communities facing specific social concerns.
Innovation for Impact is aiming to work with organizations that are attempting to solve issues for the people in their communities, but are lacking the resources and business acumen to implement concrete solutions to do so.
Innovation for Impact will give students from all majors and disciplines the ability to learn concepts taught in the Mendoza School of Business, and how to grow the good through business.
Smart Woman Securities at ND seeks to provide undergrad women with the tools they need to become financially independent and knowledgeable about their investments.
In addition to interaction with professionals working first-hand in the field, SWSND prepares our members with a business foundation inspiring confidence to participate in the financial world.
By working on an investment project, our goal is to foster an environment in which members develop personal aspirations as well as collaborative skills.
We encourage all ND undergrad women to invest in their futures, regardless of academic concentration and previous financial knowledge.
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Vision: Peace through commerce.
Mission: To empower students through the ethical advancement of international commerce by developing leadership, entrepreneurial ability, and global interaction.
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The mission of SCNOND is to develop the South Bend community through pro-bono consulting engagements with local nonprofit organizations through the unique experiences and gained academic knowledge of our student members.
The secondary mission of SCNOND is to develop our student members for future career endeavors through consulting projects with nonprofit organizations.
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The Undergraduate Women in Business Assoc. is committed to the development of women’s roles as students of business and as leaders in business related fields.
The association is designed to build a stronger sense of community among undergraduate women who aspire to business-related professions through events that highlight the many opportunities that are available to them.
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The purpose of Women in Economic (WIE) shall be to create a group of women in the economics major to serve as a supportive network, engage with female faculty, and discover opportunities to which they can apply their area of study.
Women in Economics will work toward its goals by:
- Creating events that allow girls to meet other girls in this male-dominated major and provide them a way to communicate to share advice and ask questions
- Educate girls on what women are currently doing with careers and research in economics
- Host talks conducted by female faculty members to help girls form relationships with them and learn where having women in the major is so important to the field
The primary purpose of this club is to promote the true meaning of leadership within the professional world by fostering discussion and deep reflection and regarding true leadership and the qualities/skills for that.
The club shall seek to tackle the prominent issue of the leadership ambition gap. Women have different leadership styles than men: the club shall encourage young women to see this as a strength and change their attitudes towards their potential and power.
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Graduate Student Associations
President: Dustin Oberlander
The Notre Dame MBA Association (MBAA) serves as faithful steward of the academic, professional, and interpersonal potential of Notre Dame MBA students.
It is committed to maximizing opportunities for growth by fostering community, professionalism, scholarship, and personal integrity among students, and by serving as student advocate and liaison to MBA program administrators.
In all of its actions the MBAA strives to uphold the values and interests of the MBA program, its alumni, the surrounding community, and the University of Notre Dame as a whole, and to strengthen the name and good standing of the Notre Dame MBA as a premiere Catholic business school and home to the ideals of community, human development and individual integrity.
President: Charlotte Harris
The Purpose of MNASA shall be to foster cohort camaraderie and community involvement through the coordination of educational, social, and awareness projects. MNASA will work toward its goal by:
- Coordinating a regular series of group meetings and outings that include social events
and community engagement/service initiatives
- Assisting local nonprofit organizations
- Meeting with University administrators and staff to provide feedback on current nonprofit
- Creating a mentorship program between local E-MNA graduates and current R-MNA
President: Ina LaGrandeur
The MSAA is the coordinating and representative organization of the Master of Science in Accountancy student body. Its purpose is to promote community among the members of the MSA program (students, faculty, staff, and administration). The MSAA is also responsible for sponsoring a number of events for the MSA community. Such activities may include but are not limited to fundraising, professional development, and social events. The MSAA will also provide input to the members of the MSA administration concerning various community and academic matters.
President: Kevin Buchanan
This organization is a member of the Specialized Master’s Council and every member within this organization is also granted membership into the parent organization. This group is established with the purpose of (1) providing MSBA students with an awareness of both university and community resources and opportunities, (2) organizing social and professional events to build a stronger network within the program and, (3) coordinate social and professional events with other Masters programs within and outside of Mendoza to foster stronger networks. Beyond these responsibilities, the association is tasked with providing a means for students to communicate any concerns they have with the program and, when applicable, acting accordingly. Membership is automatic upon becoming a Notre Dame MSBA student.
President: Shane Goosby
The MSMA is the coordinating and representative organization of the Master of Science in Management student body. Its purpose is to promote community among the members of the MSM program (students, faculty, staff, and administration) and enhance the academic, professional, and social experience of the graduate program. The MSMA will also provide input to the members of the Graduate Business Programs (GBP) administration concerning various community and academic matters.
The purpose of the Specialized Master’s Council shall be to foster an integrated network and community among specialized master’s students in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. The Council will toward its goals by: A) increasing coordination and communication among specialized master’s students, B) aligning goals, resources and best practices of the MSAA/MSMA/MSBAA/MNASA, C) supporting new specialized master’s student associations, D) creating continuity in the specialized master’s programs year after year, including onboarding new representatives of the SMC and the leadership within individual specialized master’s student associations, E) serving as the liaison between specialized master’s students and the MBA program, specialized master’s alumni, the Mendoza College of Business, the Graduate Student Union, and the University, F) Planning academic, professional, service and social events for all specialized master’s students.
Graduate Student Affinity Clubs
Club President: Jenny Wang
The Asian MBA Student Association (AMSA) is a club that is open to all MBA students who have a common interest in Asian business and culture.
We provide a community where business and career opportunities related to Asia are shared and where members can interact, learn and engage in social and professional activities to enhance cultural and business exchanges between Asia and the U.S.
Our second mission is to support the integration of Asian MBA students as they enter corporate America and to facilitate informal interaction through Asian cultural events among the greater Notre Dame student body.
Club President: Faith B. Achangwa
Faculty Advisor: Charlice Hurst
Black Graduates in Management (BGM) strives to elevate the voices, talent, and experiences of graduate students of African descent in the Mendoza College of Business across all programs. We accomplish this through:
• Establishing a support system from application to graduation
• Developing programming to prepare BGM members for professional success in industry
• Collaborating meaningfully across campus and student clubs
• Creating spaces for BGM members to socialize, brainstorm, and exchange ideas
Club President: Justin Gonzalez
Staff Advisor: Joseph Torma
The Hispanic MBA Club seeks to create a space for MBAs of Hispanic descent to achieve their full educational, economic, and social potential.
We hope to accomplish this by providing opportunities for MBAs to get involved with the local Hispanic community in South Bend, through volunteering opportunities and supporting local minority-owned businesses.
We seek to increase awareness and access to the Notre Dame MBA Hispanic Community to increase our growth within the MBA program.
Additionally, we plan to connect students with alumni and send groups to networking conferences like the annual Prospanica Conference to maximize Hispanic MBAs’ potential.
Club President: Vacant
*Current students interested in leadership are encouraged to contact the club advisor.
Staff Advisor: Jim Cunningham
The purpose of the club is to provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ students, to foster their leadership development, and to grow the diversity and inclusion of the Mendoza College of Business and University of Notre Dame.
Club President: Jack Gargan
Faculty Advisor: Joe Sweeney
The Notre Dame MBA Veteran’s Club is one of the largest and most active clubs of its kind in the country. Our mission is to serve as a professional and personal networking resource for Mendoza MBA Military Veteran students, to achieve consistently outstanding career choices and outcomes for its members, and to exemplify the tenets of servant-leadership within Mendoza and the local community. With a relatively large membership, the Mil Vets Club has the ability to execute cross-disciplinary service projects and serve as a unifying social force on campus.
Club President: Christine Chun
Faculty & Staff Co-Advisors:
The MBA Women in Business Club is a member of MBA Women International and proud supporter of women on campus. We also work in conjunction with the Forté Foundation.
Our goals are to foster a strong community of women at Mendoza and beyond and to network and inspire women in business. We strive to reach these goals by holding events, club meetings, and facilitating conversations about current issues.
Together, we can continue to learn through dialogue with alumni, recruiters and experienced professionals.
One of our annual events is a Women’s Symposium for candidates thinking about joining the Mendoza MBA family.