Students uphold Notre Dame mission
Faculty and staff | Monday, April 12, 2010
As members of the faculty and staff at Notre Dame, we take seriously the University’s mission statement, which says, “The University seeks to cultivate in its students not only an appreciation for the great achievements of human beings, but also a disciplined sensibility to the poverty, injustice and oppression that burden the lives of so many. The aim is to create a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice.”
We see it as our responsibility to help students learn about the world in which they live and to encourage them to make an impact on that world, so that “learning becomes service to justice.”
Some Notre Dame students recently passed out information on campus regarding what they believe are practices by the HEI Corporation that result in poverty, injustice and oppression. Their actions were peaceful and not disruptive, yet their informational leaflets were confiscated by Notre Dame security police and they are now being subject to disciplinary action by ResLife.
We believe that these students were acting in the best traditions of Notre Dame and living up to the ideals expressed in its mission statement. We do not think that they should be disciplined by the University for doing so. We call upon Father Jenkins to cancel these disciplinary actions.
Mary Rose D’Angelo
Jarett T. DeAngelis
E. Jane Doering
Robert L. Jones, Jr.
Sara L. Maurer
AnnMarie R. Power
Rachel Tomas Morgan
faculty and staff