Connecting the Golden Dome with the Capitol Dome | December 2022
Welcome to the first edition of the Dome 2 Dome Digest!
Based here in DC, the Notre Dame (ND) Office of Federal and Washington Relations serves as the principal liaison between the University and our nation's capital. Our aim is to strengthen ND’s impact and reach in Washington by helping to ensure ND thought leaders and research effectively inform national policymaking and debate.
Our newsletter will come out a few times a year, highlighting some of the incredible research initiatives and policy discussions happening on campus. We will also share updates on some of the exciting events and contributions to evidence-based policymaking from the ND community here in DC.
We are looking forward to many opportunities to connect with the ND community throughout 2023!
In the meantime, you can get to know the ND-DC team better by reading our bios on our website and by following us on Twitter @ND_FedRelations.
Congratulations to our ND alumni who were elected or re-elected to the 118th Congress during the 2022 Midterm Elections:
- Rep. Brendan Boyle (PA - 02)
- Rep. Warren Davidson (OH - 08)
- Rep. Pat Fallon (TX - 04)
- Rep. Mike Flood (NE - 01)
- Rep. Mike Kelly (PA - 16)
- Rep. Rudy Yakym (IN - 02)
Celebrating 50 Years of ND Coeducation
Professor Wendy Angst visited the ND Alumni Club of DC at the ND Keough School Washington Office (Keough DC). Celebrating the 50th anniversary of undergraduate women at ND, she spoke about her inspiring collaboration with Ugandan women at St. Bakhita’s school. As an all-female team of ND alums, we cherish the role of Notre Dame women, past and present.
Fall Break in DC: Diplomacy & Global Affairs Students
One of the best parts of our jobs is getting to meet ND students with a passion for public policy. We partnered with our colleagues at Keough DC to host undergraduate and graduate students here in Washington for their fall break policy immersion courses. Keep reading below to find out how you can meet ND students in DC during Spring Break 2023!
DC Alum Honored with Cavanaugh Award for Public Service
Deputy Secretary of State Brian McKeon (ND ‘85) was awarded the distinguished Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C. Award by the Notre Dame Alumni Association for his remarkable 30+ year career in public service. While back on campus, McKeon met with students to talk about his impactful career in government, providing valuable advice and encouragement as they embark on their own careers in Washington and beyond.
Members of Congress on Campus for Student Discussions
ND was proud to welcome two lawmakers from Washington to campus this fall to share their insights with students and faculty. In October, Rep. Liz Cheney (WY) spoke in Washington Hall about the future of American democracy. A few weeks later, Sen. Tim Scott (SC) delivered the inaugural Jeanie Poole O’Shaughnessy Memorial Lecture, “America: A Redemption Story,” at the Hesburgh Library.
Innovative ND Faculty Using Data to Identify Trends in American Politics
This spring, political scientists Rachel Porter and Erin Rossiter plan to make a joint presentation about partisan discourse among political elites at the Rooney Center’s Keeping the Republic Conference on campus. Continue reading about their innovative research methods and the new research opportunities they're providing to students back on campus.
Science for Service Spotlight
Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities
ND researchers are committed to advancing human understanding in order to be a powerful force for good in the world. The research happening at our Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) embodies this mission perfectly. LEO believes academic researchers, service providers, and policymakers all play a critical role in fighting to end poverty.
As LEO celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, here are two examples of how a decade of rigorous evidence-building has led to impactful outcomes:
LEO research on veteran homelessness demonstrated that for every federal HUD-VASH housing voucher distributed, one fewer veteran is living on the streets.
LEO shared these lessons in a congressional policy briefing to lawmakers that resulted in advocacy for HUD-VASH funding and proposed legislation to provide every homeless veteran in the U.S. with a housing voucher.
LEO studied the Homelessness Prevention Call Center, operated by Catholic Charities Chicago, and saw that relatively modest amounts of emergency financial assistance resulted in a 76% decline in homelessness for those families.
ND Networking Social on Wednesday, March 15, 2023
We hope you'll join us for an ND Networking Social with students during their spring break immersion trips in DC. 5-7pm in DC. More details to come.
We invite you to forward this email to other alumni and friends of ND who might be interested in our updates moving forward.
P.S. Do you have ideas for content we should include in the future? What questions do you have about Notre Dame's work in DC?
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