UNIVERSITY of NOTRE DAME

DIVISION of STUDENT AFFAIRS

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Welcome to the GRC


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Welcome to the GRC


Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for the second time in the history of the world, humankind will have discovered FIRE.

 — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.


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What is the Gender Relations Center?

As an office in the Division of Student Affairs, the GRC designs and implements programs about healthy relationships, gender and sexuality consistent with the Catholic character of the University.  It creates dialogue on campus by collaborating with student groups, other departments at Notre Dame and community organizations in South Bend.  It was the first  office of its kind within collegiate student affairs nationwide.

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Gender Relations

Gender relations refers to how persons interact and communicate with one another.  The GRC promotes healthy and safe relationships by raising awareness, fostering dialogue and providing edcuation on campus.

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Identity

Identity is the ongoing integration of aspects of one's personhood (such as gender, sexual orientation, religion) which make us each unique individuals, created in the image of God. 

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Sexuality

Sexuality refers to an intimate aspect of identity through which human beings experience an understanding of self and connectedness to others, the world, and God.

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Student Involvement


Whether you want to plan a program or strike up a campus conversation the GRC has many outlets

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Student Involvement


Whether you want to plan a program or strike up a campus conversation the GRC has many outlets

What we're working on this year

  • Building Community the Notre Dame Way
  • Sexual Violence Awareness Month
  • StaND Against Hate Week
  • Take Back the Night
  • Identity and Faith Discussion Groups
  • Strengthening your Relationship Workshops

 

  • Bystander Intervention Trainings
  • LGBTQ  101 and Active Ally Training
  • Strengthening Your Marriage Workshops
  • Dating and Relationship Programs
  • Guest Speakers
  • Residence Hall Men's Talking Groups
  • Men's Retreat
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LGBTQ & Allies


Fostering an environment of welcome and mutual respect grounded in our Catholic mission

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LGBTQ & Allies


Fostering an environment of welcome and mutual respect grounded in our Catholic mission

In order to respond to the various expressed needs of members of the student body who identify as LGBTQ, and simultaneously to cultivate deeper understanding and support for the Catholic mission and ideals of the University, a variety of programs and initiatives are offered around the areas of sexual identity and gender identity; such initiatives include speakers, retreats, support groups, and other programs, all designed for the support, holistic development, and formation of LGBTQ and ally members of the Notre Dame community.

Learn more about LGBTQ and Allies at Notre Dame 

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Men's Initiatives


Promoting Real and Authentic Manhood

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Men's Initiatives


Promoting Real and Authentic Manhood

Discovering what it truly means to be a man in today's society can be a trying and difficult experience.  The Gender Relations Center men's initiatives seek to help each Notre Dame man learn and value their true and authentic self.

Learn more about Men's Initiatives 

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Violence Prevention


Being our Brothers & Sisters Keepers

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Violence Prevention


Being our Brothers & Sisters Keepers

Have you or do you know someone who has been a victim of interpersonal violence?  Learn from a variety of resource your options for seeking help along with the numerous ways the GRC is aiding the Notre Dame community in addressing interpersonal violence.

Learn Resources and Education for Violence Prevention 

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Our People


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Our People


Regina Gesicki

Assistant Director for Educational Initiatives

Manages the FIREStarter and GREF peer educator programs and oversees educational initiatives as well as undergraduate and graduate student programming.

EMMANUEL CANNADY M.S.ED.

Assitant Director for outreach services

Oversees marketing and media, research and assessment of programs and men and masculinities programming.  Advises Men Against Sexual Violence.

Carol Conaghan

GRADUATE ASSISTANT

Supports formation of student leaders. Advises embodiment FIREStarters. Assists in program development.

Dr. Christine Caron Gebhardt

DIRECTOR

Oversees operation of Gender Relations Center. In charge of sexual assault programming.

Maureen McKenney

ASSISTANT Director for LGBTQ Initiatives

LGBTQ Training, Programs, and Initiatives. Advises PrismND as well as gender Identity sexual identity FIREStarters. 

Marci Adams

Administrative Assistant

Assists in all administrative functions of the GRC