Our Work

The Office of Public Affairs administers off-campus offices at both the Robinson Community Learning Center and the Notre Dame Center for Civic Innovation as well as the Teachers as Scholars seminars.


Robinson Center Tutor

Robinson Community Learning Center

The Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) was started in 2001 as an off-campus educational initiative of Notre Dame in partnership with residents of South Bend’s Northeast Neighborhood. The RCLC welcomes campus & community partners to strengthen individual capacity and enhance existing systems through relationship-building and educational opportunities.  


Teachers as Scholars

Teachers as Scholars

Teachers as Scholars, led by university faculty, provides content-based seminars for teachers on a variety of topics each semester in the areas of humanities and social sciences.

Teachers as Scholars

Local Government Relations

Local Government Relations

Our office represents the University of Notre Dame in the greater South Bend region, as well as the state of Indiana, enhancing our community’s vision, mission and priorities. As part of the University’s mission, our office strengthens Notre Dame’s relationships with key constituencies within local government, state government, and representatives of other colleges and universities.

Fulbright Foreign Language


The university recognizes the great assets it can leverage to support our local K-12 education systems.  By identifying school/university partners and facilitating mutually beneficial collaboration, Public Affairs supports faculty, staff and student engagement in local K-12 schools through partnerships that promote the arts, STEM, literacy, character development and more.

South Bend Triangle Neighborhood

Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization

The Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Organization was established to facilitate the revitalization efforts and continue to foster diversity within the Northeast Neighborhood - its residents, businesses, and stakeholders - into a safe, vital, cohesive community that preserves its assets and respects the needs of all who reside, work and visit within its boundaries.

Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization

Nd Public Affairs Non Profits

Local Non-Profits

The University of Notre Dame is committed to partnering with non-profit organizations serving the local community. Our office serves as an integral partner to many local non-profits.

United Way Balloons

United Way Campaign

The University of Notre Dame community is responsible for 15% of the donations our local United Way receives each year. Additionally, 5% of the money given by Notre Dame employees goes right back to the ND Family through the Compassion Fund.

United Way at Notre Dame