Open Minds, Loving Hearts, & an Engaged Community

We welcome the Notre Dame, Saint Mary's, and Holy Cross campuses to come together for a day of learning, conversation, and community-building.

Fr. Joseph Brown and Dr. Robin DiAngelo

Friday, September 6th
Morris Inn

Registration is closed.

Due to incredible interest and response, we are closing registration as of August 30. Please join us at the keynote on Friday at 11:30am in DPAC.

Keynote Speakers

Fr. Joseph Brown, SJ
Dr. Robin DiAngelo – "Seeing the Racial Water"

Note: Dr. Robin DiAngelo's keynote address at 11:30am in DeBartolo Performing Arts Center is free and open to the public. Tickets become available at the door one hour prior to event. You do not need to register for conference to attend this keynote address.

"That is Notre Dame. Either we walk together in mutual support, or we do not walk at all. Either we are all Notre Dame, or none of us are."

—Rev. John I.Jenkins, C.S.C., President

Notre Dame is called to be a community distinguished by its inclusivity. Running deeper than a statement of principles or a strategic planning document, it is an ideal that proceeds from a more fundamental source—and undoubtedly to the minds of some, a more unlikely one: the University’s Catholic character.

On November 14, 2018, the Catholic bishops of the United States approved a Pastoral letter against Racism. In the letter, the bishops call on faithful Catholics to join with fellow Christians and members of other faiths to combat racism and to take action. One action step we all can take is to raise our awareness by listening to the stories of those who have suffered from racism. On September 6, 2019, we will invite all members of the University’s community: students, staff and faculty to educate themselves, to engage in conversation, to listen to the stories of others and hopefully be motivated to act.  

In her book White Fragility, Dr. Robin DiAngelo examines why listening to the stories of those who have suffered from racism can be difficult, even for those who are committed to combating racism.  By examining the pastoral letter and the contents of DiAngelo's book we are able to act on the call from the bishops to increase our awareness.


*Unless otherwise noted, all sessions take place in Morris Inn.

  • 8:00am | Welcome and Opening Keynote with Fr. Joseph Brown
  • 9:10am | Workshop Session One
  • 10:15am | Workshop Session Two
  • 11:30am | Keynote with Dr. Robin DiAngelo (in the DeBartalo Performing Arts Center)
    • *Note: This keynote is free and open to the public. Tickets available at door one hour prior to event.
  • 12:30pm | Lunch Break (Optional session with lunch included back at Morris Inn)
  • 1:45pm | Workshop Session Three
  • 3:15pm | Closing
  • 4:30pm | Prayer Service

Open Minds Loving Hearts And An Engaged Community Conference Agenda

This collaborative event is sponsored by: Human Resources, Africana Studies, Campus Ministry, Center for Social Concerns, Division of Student Affairs, Gender Studies, Kroc Institute for Peace Studies, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, St. Mary's College, The Graduate School of Notre Dame, The Brain Lair, and the Mayor's Office of Diversity Inclusion - City of South Bend.

Read the US Bishops' Pastoral Letter Against Racism here.

More information on Robin DiAngelo's books and publications found here.

With questions, please email Kyle Lantz,