Student Affairs E-newsletter: January 16, 2024

Author: Kate Morgan

Support, Resources, and Programming

The Division of Student Affairs aspires to serve as a trusted resource, helping to connect students with information regarding health, development, faith, residential life, extracurricular interests, and future endeavors. For questions or concerns, please email

Walk the Walk Week

Walk the Walk Week invites each of us to consider how we can take an active role in making Notre Dame ever more welcoming and inclusive. In addition to the following three keynote events, departments and organizations throughout campus will host a wide variety of lectures, performances, art exhibits, and more. Check out the full list at

Wednesday, January 17, 5 p.m., Dahnke Ballroom, Duncan Student Center
Dr. Adams will be joined by three of his mentees who are leaders in higher education. A free, plated dinner will be served. Register to attend here.

Wednesday, January 17, 8 p.m., Main Building Rotunda
A dessert and mocktail reception will follow the prayer service in the new Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the LaFortune Student Center.

Saturday, January 20, 10 a.m., Duncan Student Center
Join us as we assemble care kits for distribution by local organizations. Food from local caterer Soulful Kitchen and T-shirts will be provided while supplies last. Sign up to volunteer here.

Student Activities Office (SAO)

Friday, January 19, 9 - 11:30 p.m., Midfield Commons, Duncan Student Center
Join us to reflect on our pasts as we envision our future! Craft a personalized vision board for the new year, enjoy yummy snacks, and watch the timeless classic, “Back to the Future."

Saturday, January 20, 9 - 11 p.m., Dahnke Ballroom, Duncan Student Center
Join SAO for a Back to School Bingo Night! There will be awesome prizes, delicious snacks, fun music, and more! We hope to see you there!

Saturday, January 26, 9 - 11 p.m., Midfield Commons, Duncan Student Center
Join SAO for a cozy-themed game night! Dress in your PJs and come play a variety of your favorite board games, card games, and video games with friends. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided, as well as an array of game night-themed prizes!

Gender Relations Center (GRC)

Apply by Friday, January 19
The GRC is currently accepting applications for the Firestarter program. Firestarters are peer educators who assist the GRC in planning and implementing events and programming in three main areas: Healthy Relationships, LGBTQ Issues, and Gender Equity and Intersectionality. Students accepted into the program are expected to commit to two to five hours of work a week and will receive a $100 stipend. Clear here to apply.

Starting this month, the GRC will once again partner with PrismND to offer a peer mentorship program for LGBTQ and Ally students. The program will match upper-level students as mentors to peer undergraduates as mentees. The goal of this program is to support students early on in their Notre Dame journeys; provide support; and connect students (mentors and mentees both) with resources from around the Notre Dame community.

The deadline for students to submit mentor applications and mentee applications is this Friday, January 19. Inquiries after this deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis, as numbers allow. Learn more and apply here. For more information, please email Dominic Sanfilippo, Assistant Director for LGBTQ Initiatives.

Friday, February 2 - Saturday, February 3, Lindenwood Retreat Center
Each year, Campus Ministry, in collaboration with the GRC, hosts a retreat for LGBTQ students to explore what it might mean to be LGBTQ and Catholic (or another religion). This affirming space promises to be an impactful experience. The retreat is open to all Notre Dame, Holy Cross College, and Saint Mary's students. The cost of the retreat is $15 and financial assistance is available. For more information and to register, please click here.

Student Health and Wellness

greeNDot is a bystander intervention training program that builds a community of safety and respect where all belong, human dignity is protected, and common good is promoted through the prevention of harm to others. Visit the greeNDot website to sign up for the next training session and become a certified bystander.

Notre Dame provides students with a Hallow subscription free of charge to help you stay prayed up. Created by three Notre Dame graduates, the University’s partnership with Hallow gives you access to all of the app’s content, including more than 10,000 sessions such as:

- 30 Days of Inspiration with Fr. Pete to start your day
- Guest Sessions from Mark Wahlberg, Fr. Mike Schmitz, Jonathan Roumie, and many more
- Inspirational Athletic Content from world-class athletes, including Notre Dame greats Lou Holtz, Brady Quinn, and Brandon Wimbush
- Music ranging from contemporary to sacred chant to Catholic LoFi for work or focus time
- Sleep Content, including meditations, examens, and music to wind down at night
- Mental Health Sessions on a range of topics, and much more

It’s easy to get started. Simply click here to enter your name and Notre Dame email address, then create a password.

While students are encouraged to visit University Health Services (UHS) and the University Counseling Center (UCC) during business hours, TimelyCare is an additional service that provides after-hours access to medical care and 24/7 access to mental telehealth care across the United States, with no cost at the time of your visit. Medical, TalkNow, scheduled counseling, are all available to students.

TimelyCare’s goal is to help students begin health and well-being conversations earlier, get treated faster, and ensure student healthcare is positively impacting student engagement and retention. Click here to get started. Use your Notre Dame email address to register, then enter your personal profile information and medical history.

The Calm app provides tools to help you relax, focus, and rest, and is the #1 app for sleep, meditation, and relaxation. Notre Dame offers students, faculty, and staff a free, premium subscription to the Calm app, which offers the following services:

- Meditate: Learn the life-changing skill of meditation
- Sleep: Get more restful sleep and wake up feeling refreshed
- Music: Access exclusive music to help you focus, relax, and sleep
- Body: Access video lessons on mindful movement and gentle stretching
- Masterclass: Learn from audio programs taught by world-renowned mindfulness experts
- Scenes: Enjoy nature scenes and sounds while relaxing, sleeping, working, or studying

To take advantage of this offer, sign up here.

The Student Health and Wellness Unit is excited to share with you the opportunity to participate in the free Penn Resilience program, now known as Wellness and Resilience, to help you reach your goals, manage stress, and strengthen your relationships.

This program will empower you to create and maintain an optimistic mindset; teach you how to put catastrophic thoughts into perspective to reduce anxiety and increase purposeful action; and strengthen positive emotions.

The workshops are open to all Notre Dame students and are offered in person. Wellness and Resilience is a great opportunity to learn new strategies in a casual, fun environment, and to meet and build relationships with other Notre Dame students.

Sessions will focus on actionable strategies to help:

- Build strong relationships
- Juggle the demands of student life
- Manage stress, change, and adversity
- Meet your academic goals
- Launch your post-Notre Dame career

Learn more and sign up here.

University Counseling Center (UCC)

Notre Dame’s Emotional Wellness Program by Innsightful is a 12-week program for graduate students that aims to get you moving forward and making you feel better as quickly as possible in a timeframe that is right for you. The program utilizes support groups and wellness coaches to provide you with the support and guidance you need to better cope with stress and anxiety. The program includes:

- Coping exercises for immediate relief
- Chats with a wellness coach
- Positive activities
- Healing stories
- Mindful meditations
- Group chats and activities
- Emotional wellness psychoeducation
- 1-hour weekly group sessions on Zoom

Sign up here by Monday, January 22, and use the coupon code “FreeNotreDame” to get free access to the program. Groups will begin on Monday, January 29.

McDonald Center for Student Well-Being (McWell)

Start the semester off strong with McWell by participating in our new campaign designed to help you reflect on your values and goals, create authentic connections, support well-being, and have fun during the dark and cold winter months. Visit our website for more opportunities on how you can cultivate winter well-being.