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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Guided by the Hallmarks of a Notre Dame education, the NDB Community is committed to educating the whole person - body, mind and spirit. We are a compassionate community devoted to lifelong learning. We educate for and act on behalf of justice and peace in the world, and we embrace the gift of diversity. Four of our Hallmarks, in particular, speak to our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion:
 
Dignify All: We honor the dignity and sacredness of each person.
Act for Peace and Justice: We educate for and act on behalf of justice and peace in the world.
Embrace Diversity: We embrace the gift of diversity.
Learn for Life: We develop holistic learning communities which educate for life.

The NDB community is unique because we focus on the empowerment of our students and embrace the gift of diversity.

Elizabeth Hegarty

Elizabeth Hegarty
Science Teacher

What I love most about the NDB community is the care that everyone has for each other. We are a school big enough that you can be your own person, but small enough that everyone can appreciate who that person is. NDB students have, from the moment I arrived seven years ago, been kind and empathetic every time I talk to them and when I see them interact with others. Every student, no matter the grade, is willing to get to know and befriend other students. Whether they bond through a class, a sport, a club, a past school, or something, it is not uncommon to see all different students get together and form powerful friendships.

Jonathan Tomczak

Jonathan Tomczak
Social Science Teacher

Having an education space for students who were all assigned female at birth, regardless of gender identity or expression, and girls or femmes, is beneficial because there can be a level of safety and security in learning while empowering each other to learn more, think differently, question, try and even fail. The camaraderie and community is so vital at any phase of life, but particularly at this formative time.

Gillian Hegarty

G Imazumi-Hegarty '07
ISP, BND and Spanish Teacher, Registrar

Speaker Series

Throughout the school year, students meet with and hear from influential speakers who bring our community together to reflect on and learn about a variety of women’s leadership topics including diversity and serving others.

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Guest speaker speaking to students
Keynote speaker speaking at an event
Student asking a question at a guest speaker assembly
Students speaking to guest speaker
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Guest speakers speak to students
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guest speaker presents to students
guest speaker, alumna and teacher speaks to students
guest speaker speaks to students
guest speaker
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guest speaker presents
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Guest speaker
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Keynote Speaker at event
guest speaker

I am Diverse Club

I am Diverse Club members

The I am Diverse Club is dedicated to understanding and honoring the diverse cultures, beliefs, and backgrounds that are essential to the learning and development of the NDB Community.

Latina Club

Latina Club members

Both started and led by students on campus, the Latina Club is a place for students to learn about and celebrate what it means to be Latina.

Dia de Los Muertos

NDB celebrates Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos), where students create ofrendas (Offerings) to honor their departed loved ones.
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Die de Los Muertos altar
Dia de Los Muertos Altar
Dia de los Muertos Altar

Statement on Diversity

Notre Dame Belmont admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities of the school, and the school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation and national and ethnic origin in school-administered programs.

Statement on Gender Diversity

Notre Dame Belmont opened its doors in 1851 with a vision to educate young women at a time when such opportunities were often only available to boys and men. In keeping with the mission of NDB, the school is dedicated to nurturing the full potential of all students: mind, body and spirit. As our understanding of gender continues to expand to a more inclusive spectrum of identities and expressions, NDB will remain committed to providing support based on the emotional, social and academic needs of each student.