Founded in 2013, PrismND is Notre Dame’s first and only official LGBTQ student organization. The organization provides programming dedicated to fostering development of the campus LGBTQ community, and raising awareness of the community’s needs – all from a Catholic lens. We hold social events every few weeks, and plan several major campus events annually – such as Coming Out Day closets in October and Stand Against Hate Week in November.
As a student organization, rather than a student club, official meetings for PrismND focus primarily on planning and coordinating events and activities, rather than providing a space for socializing (Weekly Hangouts is the place for socializing). Attendance at these meetings is open to everyone as we always welcome people who want to come and see if they’d like to jump onto a committee! The more organizational focus of these meetings is why we provide so many external social events! Check out our events calendar on the Facebook page to see the many social events we have planned – no prior involvement with Prism is necessary to attend these, just show up and enjoy being with other LGBTQ and ally students!
Want to learn more? Check out the tabs at the top of this page, or shoot one of the officers (or our advisor, Sara Agostinelli) an email to get the answer to anything else you’d like to know!
P R E S I D E N T Baylea Williams
V I C E P R E S I D E N T Kelly Valenzi
T R E A S U R E R Jeff Murphy
S E C R E T A R Y Matt Winkler
H I S T O R I A N Kendrick Peterson
How can an LGBTQ organization exist at Notre Dame? Doesn’t that go against the Catholic values of the university?
Nope! Catholic theology does not at all condemn the gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and questioning students as a means of offering support for each other. We believe that respecting the human dignity of LGBTQ youth requires providing a space for peer support, just as we seek to cultivate. Want to know more about how our work fits into the Catholic mission of Notre Dame? Check out the Pastoral Plan for LGBTQ students at Notre Dame at friendsandallies.nd.edu.
Can I join Prism if I don’t identify as LGBTQ, or if I’m not Catholic?
Of course! We welcome everyone to our organization – Catholic or otherwise – and we deeply appreciate the support that straight allies at Notre Dame have given us during our time on campus.
I’m a constitutional nerd and want to know all about Prism’s bylaws. Where can I find this magical document!?