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.

From the Pastoral Plan

“Because the University values GLBTQ students in the Notre Dame community, as indeed it values all of its students, the University is committed to fostering an environment of welcome and mutual respect that is grounded in its Catholic mission.”

“The University calls all Notre Dame students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, to the disciplined development of the theological virtue of charity, the cardinal virtue of justice, and the moral virtue of chastity in lives of self‐giving love.”

“With the Catholic Church, Notre Dame defends the inviolable dignity of every human person as the beloved of God. As a result, the University deplores any offenses against that fundamental human dignity and calls for an abiding spirit of inclusion within the Notre Dame community…”


“…the University calls all Notre Dame students to cultivate chaste and loving friendships, particularly across lines of difference and division that threaten to undermine the Notre Dame community. In short, Notre Dame calls all students to be friends and allies of one another.”

“All must grow and develop over time into persons characterized by mature lives of charity, justice, and chastity. Thus, without drawing back from teaching others of the Catholic Christian ideals of the life of virtue, Student Affairs commits itself to extending the tender love of God to all who are striving with sincerity to live their calls to chaste friendship.”

Read the full "Beloved Friends and Allies Pastoral Plan"


The Gender Relations Center, Campus Ministry, and University Counseling Center are working together to offer multiple support groups for LGBTQ students throughout the year, creating opportunities to explore questions of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, faith and spirituality, the intersectionality of identities, and various aspects of personhood.  These groups will provide a safe space, one of openness and acceptance, for students to talk about their lives and help support each other in their common lived experiences.  The groups, facilitated by professional staff members within the three departments, meet regularly throughout each semester.  If you or someone you know might be interested in more information or in joining a discussion group, please contact Maureen McKenney, Assistant Director for LGBTQ Student Concerns, directly at


LGBTQ 101 is a two-hour long interactive presentation, designed to provide participants with a basic understanding and greater awareness of issues faced by students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) within today’s culture.  This presentation includes an overview of the Catholic church’s teachings on sexual orientation, definitions related to sexual orientation and gender identity,  introduction to the concepts of homophobia and heterosexism, as well as common myths and misunderstandings about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender identities.  Please contact Maureen McKenney, Assistant Director for LGBTQ Student Concerns (, for more information or to sign up for a session.

• LGBTQ 101 sessions are open to all members of the ND/SMC/HCC community.


ACTIVE Ally Training

Join the conversation about how heterosexual allies can help make the Notre Dame community a safer, more welcoming, and inclusive environment for individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ).  Active Ally Training is designed to provide individuals who already have a basic understanding of issues and concerns that face the LGBTQ community with information that will help them become allies for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning undergraduate students here at Notre Dame.  Please contact Maureen McKenney, Assistant Director for LGBTQ Student Concerns (, for more information or to sign up for a session.



Founded in 2013, PrismND is Notre Dame's first official student organization dedicated to serving the LGBTQ and ally community on campus.  The organization provides programming dedicated to fostering the development of the community, and raising awareness on campus as to the community's needs. 

ln the Notre Dame family, intolerance against some of us intolerance against all of us.

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