The University of Notre Dame is engaged, invested, and committed to PreK-12 education, community development, civic leadership, and government relations. Through its Office of Public Affairs, the University collaborates with the community to create a prosperous and healthy environment in which to live, work, and raise a family.

More Worms In The Classroom

Pandemic-weary kids enjoy ‘phenomenal summer,’ courtesy of the United Way

During the height of the pandemic, stress was high in many St. Joseph County homes and kids felt it. Before COVID, school had been a kid’s escape from adult problems such as layoffs, rent, utilities, food insecurity and child care — but there was little relief once the virus came on the scene. 

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Economic Impact

Notre Dame is a major contributor to the economic vitality of the city of South Bend, St. Joseph County and the state of Indiana. As a national — and, increasingly global — institution, Notre Dame also has a growing influence on the world beyond South Bend.

The Office of Public Affairs is dedicated to the University’s contribution to the ongoing development of the local economy and also how a strong partnership with the community benefits Notre Dame as well. Growth in jobs, spending and other economic indicators show a vibrant university and a willing, supportive surrounding community.

$2.46 billion annual economic impact within the region

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Public Affairs is the Notre Dame liaison for areas that include business, state and local government, nonprofit organizations, preK-12 education and community engagement.

In addition to the team in the Office of Public Affairs, the University of Notre Dame has faculty and staff partners across campus that engage with our community at-large. For more information on campus/community engagement, visit engagement.nd.edu.