Past Initiatives

Great Place to Work

The Great Place to Work initiative was a multi-year effort to involve more people across Notre Dame Research in shaping our workplace culture. Teams of people from across NDR were assigned topics, read applicable expert literature, and wrote recommendations for the senior leadership to consider implementing.

The impetus for this work came from the Vice President for Research and his commitment to serving our "customers" while at the same time ensuring the well-being of our team. A few outputs of this work were the establishment of a new position within NDRA for Operational Effectiveness, manager training programs, and a formal NDR-specific onboarding process for new hires. 


NDR Anti-Racism Book Club

July 2020 - January 2021

Black and white photo of Caste book cover

In response to the Black Lives Matter movement and murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, the employee-led NDR Anti-Racism Book Club formed in summer 2020. Participants shared the desire to discuss issues of race and privilege amongst colleagues, feeling our responsibility to educate ourselves rather than rely on our colleagues of color to teach us.

Participants discussed the following: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, 13TH, a documentary directed by Ava DuVernay, White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. This committee was dissolved in February 2021 to make space for the new volunteer-directed NDR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.