Welcome Weekend: August 2023
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Welcome Weekend August 2023
Dear newest students of Notre Dame,

We are so excited to welcome you in just a few short days! Below are a few reminders, as well as information about three of Welcome Weekend’s special programs for students and guests. 

Welcome Weekend Reminders

You and your family can access a detailed schedule of Welcome Weekend events. We hope these descriptions help you identify the various opportunities and requirements for you and your family throughout your weekend experience.

If you have not already, be sure to complete Building Community the Notre Dame Way and AlcoholEdu before August 17, 2023. These programs cover topics such as appreciating the diversity that makes up our community, forming healthy relationships, being safe on and off campus, and providing information and prevention skills for high risk topics. 

Additionally, make sure you complete the Active Violence and Emergency Planning Training (check your ND Gmail for an email from Campus Safety and University Operations: safety@nd.edu) before August 17, 2023.
Building Community the Notre Dame Way

Will you be arriving on campus alone?

If you plan to arrive at Notre Dame alone (unaccompanied by family, friends, or guardians), please let us know by completing this form by Monday, Aug. 14. This information will help our community welcome you in the best way possible.

Arriving Alone? Let us know!

Welcome Weekend Special Events

While each Welcome Weekend event is an opportunity for our growing community to authentically encounter and welcome all students, the following special events might be of particular interest to students and families of underrepresented backgrounds and/or those who primarily speak Spanish.

You Belong Here: Welcoming All Backgrounds and Identities to Notre Dame

Friday, Aug. 18, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Downes Ballroom, located in Corbett Hall
All students and guests are invited

This event is intended to fully and distinctly welcome incoming students of underrepresented or minoritized backgrounds and identities to the community at Notre Dame. Brief remarks from University leaders listed below will be followed by an opportunity to visit with representatives from each office and learn more about their resources.

Featured Speakers include: Rev. Huge Page, Vice President for Institutional Transformational and Advisor to the President, Fr. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C., Vice President for Student Affairs, Arlene Montevecchio, Director of the Gender Relations Center (grc.nd.edu), Arnel Bulaoro, Director of Multicultural Student Programs and Services (msps.nd.edu), Consuela Wilson, Director of the Office of Student Enrichment (studentenrichment.nd.edu)

To help us have an approximate count of attendance, please complete this brief form. You can also view this event with your family on the Welcome Weekend schedule.

RSVP for "You Belong Here: Welcome All Backgrounds and Identities to Notre Dame"


Friday, Aug. 18, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Dahnke Ballroom, located on the seventh floor of the Duncan Student Center
All students and families are welcome
Dinner will be provided

This event, offered completely in Spanish, is intended to welcome students and families who are primarily Spanish-speaking. It will share information and resources that are available and accessible to all students, and will offer families the opportunity to make a personal connection with faculty and staff members who will speak during the program. Represented offices will include the Academic AdvisingCampus Ministry, Financial Aid, Residential Life, Student Enrichment, Transformational Leaders Program, and other student services offices.

To help us have an approximate count of attendance, please complete this brief form. You can also view this event with your family on the Welcome Weekend schedule.

RSVP for "¡Bienvenidos!"

Black and Indigenous Faculty & Student Welcome Celebration

Monday, Aug. 21, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
All students welcome

Join the Office of the Provost and the Black and Indigenous faculty of Notre Dame for a joyful celebration of your hard work and the wonderful things ahead of you as members of the Notre Dame academic community. This event is also an important opportunity for you to connect with fellow undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty. Refreshments will be served.
To help us have an approximate count of attendance, please complete this brief form. You can also view this event with your family on the Welcome Weekend schedule.
RSVP for "Black and Indigenous Faculty & Student Welcome Celebration"

Join the story of Notre Dame

As a new student at Notre Dame, you and your family enter into the story of the Congregation of Holy Cross, the religious community that founded the University of Notre Dame. During these final days before Welcome Weekend, join Fr. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C., Vice President for Student Affairs as he invites you to take upon the legacy of the great band of men and women who have dedicated their lives to the vision and promise of Catholic education. You can view the video below.
We are counting the days until we are able to welcome you to Notre Dame. Until then, you remain close in our hearts. 

Emily Orsini 
Program Director for New Student Engagement and Formation
Division of Student Affairs

E. Andrew Whittington
Director of First Year Programs
Center for University Advising
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