“StaND Against Hate” activities planned for April 14 to 17

by Julie Hail Flory

Core Council

The University of Notre Dame’s Core Council for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Questioning Students will lead a number of campus activities April 14 to 17 (Tuesday to Friday) as part of “StaND Against Hate Week.”

Co-sponsored by Notre Dame’s Gender Relations Center, student government and University Counseling Center, the week is dedicated to ending all forms of hate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and serves to create an inclusive spirit at Notre Dame for all people, irrespective of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Planned activities are:

  • April 14 (Tuesday) – Resource Table, Day of Silence banner signing, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., South Dining Hall, North Dining Hall and LaFortune Student Center
  • April 15 (Wednesday) – Resource Table, ally pledge, Day of Silence banner signing, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., South Dining Hall and North Dining Hall, and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., LaFortune Student Center; Film screening: “Prayers for Bobby,” 7 p.m., Hesburgh Library auditorium, question and answer session to follow
  • April 16 (Thursday) – “StaND Against Hate Week” T-shirt distribution, noon to 2 p.m., Fieldhouse Mall
  • April 17 (Friday) – Day of Silence cards distribution, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., South Dining Hall, North Dining Hall and LaFortune Student Center; Silent procession from front of Main Building steps to Log Chapel, 3 p.m.; Prayer service for all affected by hate, intolerance and injustice, 3:15 to 3:45 p.m., Log Chapel


Established in 1996 and previously called the Standing Committee on Gay and Lesbian Student Needs, the Core Council has initiated and implemented educational programs on issues affecting gay, lesbian and bisexual students. It has offered annual assistance in training resident assistants during Hall Staff Orientation, directed CommUnity sessions for first-year students, and presented the “Network” program. The group hosts monthly coffee hours, sponsors topical speakers, and organizes “Solidarity Sunday” and events to mark National Coming Out Day.

Contact: Core Council co-chairs Sister Sue Dunn, sdunn@nd.edu, or Eddie Velazquez, evalazqu@nd.edu