Year in Review 2022-23

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Fifty years ago, in 1973, Fr. Ted Hesburgh founded the Center for Civil Rights at Notre Dame. I hope and trust that he would be proud to see how the Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights has grown and the myriad ways in which it is now serving the Keough School, Notre Dame, the nation, and the world.

Of the many things we have accomplished this year, I am most proud of two: First, we launched an undergraduate Minor in Civil and Human Rights – a formal 15-credit academic program. Second, we celebrated the beginning of the Melsheimer Fellows Program. Thanks to the support of Tom and Miki Melsheimer, we will be able to expand education outside of the classroom by providing experiential learning opportunities for students. These two programs will be enduring ways in which the Klau Institute helps to form the minds and hearts of Notre Dame students.

We have much to celebrate and we are proud to share this Year in Review with you. Thank you, as ever,
for your support of the Klau Institute.

In Notre Dame,



Jennifer Mason McAward
Associate Professor of Law
Director, Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights


Klau Team

Klau Institute Honored
with Presidential Team Irish Award


The Klau Institute was honored with a Presidential Team Irish Award during the Notre Dame versus Clemson football game on November 5, 2022. Recognizing the Klau Institute’s popular “Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary” series, the award celebrated both the impact of the project and its expression of the University’s core values.