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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.

Notre Dame is a supportive community for all its students, and everyone is very respectful and kind to each other. When I first came to NDB, I was surprised with how inclusive and accepting my teachers were! They truly care for every student. Teachers and fellow students helped make me feel safe as an LGBTQ+ person in a new environment. Now I hope to give back to this community by offering the Rainbow Club as a safe space for LGBTQ+ students and allies to celebrate our identities and diversity.

Student Loki Ingalls

Loki Ingalls
Student '26

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
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Guest speakers speak to students
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guest speaker, alumna and teacher speaks to students
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Keynote Speaker at event
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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.

Rainbow Club and Intersectional Feminism Club

Started and ran by students and for students, the Rainbow Club and the Intersectional Feminism Club provide a platform for students to discuss pertinent topics, create solutions and celebrate diversity.

Lunar New Year

Students celebrated the beginning of the Year of the Dragon with table top games, calligraphy and prizes! Some of the most competitive games involved races using chopsticks to pick up tictacs, and guessing different fruit juices. Students also got to see cultural garb and hear about their classmates favorite ways to bring in the Lunar New Year!


The I am Diverse Club holds an annual Diwali celebration. Students come together to eat gulab jamun, paint diyas, listen to music and learn all about the festival of lights. Notre Dame also placed a rangoli in the front of school to bring prosperity and good luck by welcoming the Hindu goddess, Lakshmi!

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.