The Presidential Awards recognize staff members for their significant contributions to the betterment of the University and whose actions exemplify Notre Dame’s core values: Accountability, Teamwork, Integrity, Leadership in Excellence and Leadership in Mission. Any Notre Dame employee can nominate a staff member for an award. A selection committee reviews the nominations and presents recommendations to the Executive Vice President and the Vice President of Human Resources for final approval. There are 12 recipients of the award for 2022.
Presidential Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award
This award recognizes a staff member who has exercised leadership or made significant contributions in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University or in the greater Michiana community.
Dory Mitros Durham is the associate director for the Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights. Durham has made significant contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at Notre Dame in a number of settings. She created and runs the Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary series. In this weekly lecture series on Zoom, Durham engages racial justice experts in conversation on a wide range of racial justice topics. She has also launched “With Voices True,” an archive of interviews from members of the ND community on racial identity. Moreover, Durham serves as the Dean’s Adviser for Racial Justice at the Keough School of Global Affairs and has spearheaded multiple successful school-wide DEI programs. Beyond the Keough School, Durham serves as a diversity catalyst for Human Resources, sitting on staff search committees to ensure that diversity remains a key consideration in hiring decisions. She has also assisted the Walk the Walk Week planning committee with organizing a rich variety of events.
Originally published August 30, 2022 by NDWorks