“We teach human dignity best by serving it where it is most likely to be disregarded, in the poor and abandoned.”
– Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.
Student involvement in service and social justice has been at the core of the University of Notre Dame’s mission since its founding in 1842. As a Catholic university, instilling “a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good” is a hallmark of a Notre Dame education. Student Government’s Department of Social Concerns maintains ServeND as a resource for students, connecting them to service opportunities on campus, in the South Bend, nationally and internationally.
At Notre Dame, 80% of undergraduate students participate in community service.