Inclusion and Belonging

Inclusion and Belonging Committee

As we strive for a more inclusive community at Notre Dame, the College of Arts and Letters started a staff Inclusion & Belonging committee. The committee will help drive college initiatives that provide educational opportunities, create a safe space to ask questions about issues and topics related to diversity and identity, and drive organizational initiatives that maximize the development of our diverse workforce.
 
A group photo of the Inclusion and Belonging Committee, April 2024

We are happy to share that Paloma Garcia-Lopez, the Associate Director for Latino Studies has graciously offered to chair the Inclusion & Belonging committee. The committee will help drive college initiatives that provide educational opportunities, create a safe space to ask questions about issues and topics related to diversity and identity and drive organizational initiatives that maximize the development of our diverse staff.

Paloma was recently awarded a Presidential Achievement Award for her contributions in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at Notre Dame. In her role at ILS, Paloma oversees the Institute's many programs, as well as a team of staff members and student workers. Paloma is a graduate of Stanford University and the Stanford Graduate School of Education. 

Paloma is dedicated to Notre Dame's mission to be a force for good in the world. She just wrapped up four years as president of AdelanteND, growing its employee membership to over 130 staff and faculty of Latino descent. For the College of Arts and Letters, she has served as the Diversity Catalyst and looks forward to leading the new Inclusion and Belonging Committee. She exemplifies Notre Dame’s core values: accountability, teamwork, integrity, leadership in excellence and leadership in mission. 

Interested in joining the committee?  Please reach out to Bridget Fields, bnoonan1@nd.edu.

Employee Resource Groups

Committee Members

  1. Dana Beck

    Dana Beck

    SAS Vice President
    Faculty Coordinator, Department of Economics

    Dana Beck

    Dana Beck

    SAS Vice President
    Faculty Coordinator, Department of Economics

    dbeck3@nd.edu
    P: +1 574-631-2597

  2. Matthew Bizoe

    Matthew Bizoe

    Web & Digital Content Strategist

    Matthew Bizoe

    Matthew Bizoe

    Web & Digital Content Strategist

    mbizoe@nd.edu
    P: +1 574-631-2645

  3. Tori Davies

    Tori Davies

    College of Arts & Letters Collaboration Award
    Administrative Coordinator, Reilly Center - STV

    Tori Davies

    Tori Davies

    College of Arts & Letters Collaboration Award
    Administrative Coordinator, Reilly Center - STV

    tdavies@nd.edu

  4. Bridget Fields

    Bridget Fields

    Employee Experience Program Manager

    Bridget Fields

    Bridget Fields

    Employee Experience Program Manager

    bnoonan1@nd.edu
    P: +1 574-631-2738

    • Employee Engagement
    • Staff Committees
    • Staff Onboarding
    • Staff Hiring

     

  5. Paloma Garcia-Lopez

    Paloma Garcia-Lopez

    Associate Director, Institute for Latino Studies

    Paloma Garcia-Lopez

    Paloma Garcia-Lopez

    Associate Director, Institute for Latino Studies

    sgarcial@nd.edu

  6. Regina Gesicki

    Regina Gesicki

    Pov Res. Scholars Specialist, Lab for Economic Opportunities

    Regina Gesicki

    Regina Gesicki

    Pov Res. Scholars Specialist, Lab for Economic Opportunities

    rgesicki@nd.edu
    P: +1 574-631-4978

  7. Aurea Hernandez-Webster

    Aurea Hernandez-Webster

    Program Manager, Initiative on Race and Resilience

    Aurea Hernandez-Webster

    Aurea Hernandez-Webster

    Program Manager, Initiative on Race and Resilience

    aherna35@nd.edu
    P: +1 574-631-8745

  8. Nate Krakowski

    Nate Krakowski

    College of Arts & Letters Leadership in Mission Award
    IT Solutions Consultant, Humanities

    Nate Krakowski

    Nate Krakowski

    College of Arts & Letters Leadership in Mission Award
    IT Solutions Consultant, Humanities

    nkrakows@nd.edu

    Nate Krakowski has served the College of Arts & Letters as an IT Solutions Consultant since 2019. In that capacity, he has enjoyed meeting with faculty and staff to explore creative solutions for teaching, research, and process improvement. Learning about and supporting faculty in their passion projects is often the highlight of Nate’s work day. He serves as the primary consultant for the Humanities.

    Nate is a native of the South Bend/Mishawaka area and loves working in higher education, hiking, and spending time with his family. His hobby is acquiring hobbies, and Nate will happily talk about board games, film and television, and any number of crafty projects for hours on end.

  9. Jen Burke Lefever

    Jennifer Lefever

    Program Director, Psychology

    Jen Burke Lefever

    Jennifer Lefever

    Program Director, Psychology

    jburke2@nd.edu
    P: +1 574-631-8595

  10. Dan Lewis

    Dan Lewis

    SAS Media Officer
    IT Solutions Consultant

    Dan Lewis

    Dan Lewis

    SAS Media Officer
    IT Solutions Consultant

    dlewis25@nd.edu

    Dan Lewis has been with the Arts & Letters Computing Office since 2023 as an IT Solutions Consultant where he serves as the primary point of contact for the Arts.

    Prior to joining the ALCO team, Dan was a Customer Success Advocate for Typeform where he focused on their VideoAsk product. As a Customer Success Advocate Dan worked to ensure the users he worked with were achieving their goals and more with the products he supported. He also worked as Project Manager for BX Films, a video production company focused on story-led marketing campaigns. Working at Apple, studying graphic design, and leading a team focused on slate roof repair are among other noteworthy aspects of his career.

    Dan lives in Mishawaka with his wife and two children. Outside of work you will find him exploring the outdoors with his family, often on a mountain bike or with an analog camera around his neck.

  11. Anna Poltrack

    Anna Poltrack

    College of Arts & Letters Inclusion Award
    Graduate Studies Coordinator, Department of Economics

    Anna Poltrack

    Anna Poltrack

    College of Arts & Letters Inclusion Award
    Graduate Studies Coordinator, Department of Economics

    apoltrac@nd.edu
    P: +1 574-631-2776

  12. Beth Staples

    Beth Staples

    Writer/Editor

    Beth Staples

    Beth Staples

    Writer/Editor

    bstaple2@nd.edu
    P: +1 574-631-6453

    Beth writes stories about faculty and student experiences and achievements. Since earning a degree in psychology at Colby College and in journalism at the University of Maine, her careers have included editing newspapers and coaching in college and high school.