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.
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.
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.
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.
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.