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Seeking evidence-based policy, economist investigates how anemia impacts education for adolescents in India

Seeking evidence-based policy, economist investigates how anemia impacts education for adolescents in India

In low- and middle-income countries, anemia reduction efforts are often touted as a way to improve educational outcomes and reduce poverty. A new study, co-authored by a Notre Dame global health economics expert, evaluates the relationship between anemia and school attendance in India, debunking earlier research that could have misguided policy interventions.

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Celebrating Ten Years of Mandela Washington Fellowship at Notre Dame

Celebrating Ten Years of Mandela Washington Fellowship at Notre Dame

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Mandela Washington Fellowship program at Notre Dame, we had the privilege of speaking with a few of our alums. They shared how the Fellowship at Notre Dame has profoundly impacted their lives, enabling them to use their experiences and knowledge to do extraordinary work in the world.

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Keough School and Organization of American States partner to protect democracy and human rights

Keough School and Organization of American States partner to protect democracy and human rights

The University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs and the Organization of American States have launched a new partnership to strengthen democracy and defend human rights efforts across Latin America. To that end, the institutions will collaborate on joint research and policy projects, exchange faculty experts and train undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers who work in development, human rights and democracy.

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Institute of International Education Partners with Notre Dame in New USAID Program for  Central American Human Rights Defenders

Institute of International Education Partners with Notre Dame in New USAID Program for Central American Human Rights Defenders

The University of Notre Dame will support the Institute of International Education’s USAID award of the Centroamérica en Ascenso Fellowship as one of three academic institutions providing a haven for individuals working on behalf of human rights in Central America. Applications for one- and two-year fellowships through the program are open now through June 7, 2024 for the inaugural cohort.

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Migration Motivated by More Than Just Poverty and Violence

Migration Motivated by More Than Just Poverty and Violence

In an article in The Conversation, Senior Researcher Estela Rivero discusses her research with colleagues Tom Hare and Laura Miller-Graff, showing that employed youth with strong support networks are more likely to migrate to the U.S. for better opportunities. “This challenges conventional wisdom,” she writes. “The reality we found is complex and highlights the nuanced interaction between resilience and migration intentions.”

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Mary Gallagher appointed dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs

Mary Gallagher appointed dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs

Mary Gallagher, the Amy and Alan Lowenstein Chair in Democracy, Democratization and Human Rights and director of the International Institute at the University of Michigan, has been appointed the Marilyn Keough Dean of the Keough School of Global Affairs by University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. Gallagher, who will also hold a tenured faculty position in the Keough School, begins her five-year term as dean on July 1.

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Climate Change, Human Health, and Sustainability

Climate Change, Human Health, and Sustainability

In commemoration of Earth Day, we're highlighting a recent gathering featuring the Keough School's Ellis Adjei Adams and Tracy Kijewski-Correa and Biological Science's Jason Rohr discussing the pressing necessity of adapting to global warming. They highlight why fighting climate change is so urgent and why it’s important to create resilient, forward-looking infrastructure that anticipates future challenges rather than relying on outdated models.

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Recent Highlights

U.N. Secretary General António Guterres said at the COP28 climate summit in the UAE in November 2023 that the “earth’s vital signs are failing.” Along with world leaders, William J. Pulte Director Tracy Kijewski-Correa and Pulte Institute Core Affiliated Faculty Emily Grubert, Daniel C. Miller, and Paul Winters recently spoke about their research and how the urgency of their work becomes more evident every day as global warming exacerbates existing barriers to opportunities among the most vulnerable.


Water scarcity now threatens the health and development of communities around the globe. And climate change intensifies the problem, pushing governments to find more innovative, collaborative ways to address water stress. That’s why we need new metrics to monitor and assess Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene or WASH interventions, says Pulte Institute Evidence and Learning Associate Director Danice Brown Guzmán.


The Pulte Institute takes a lead role in expanding Notre Dame’s research portfolio with federal agencies. Executive Director Michael Sweikar drew on his expertise in developing well-crafted proposals and offered this webinar hosted by LASER PULSE, with information on processes and procedures, policies and guidelines, and tips and tools to facilitate and support Grant Proposal Development.


As the University kicks off Walk the Walk Week with events designed to help us consider how we can take an active role in making Notre Dame more inclusive, we’re heeding the words of William J. Pulte Director Tracy Kijewski-Correa, who says, “The root of all that’s wrong in the world is that we value some lives less than others.” She explains that everyone, no matter their stature or status, brings something to the table.


On Earth Day 2023, Program Manager and Research Associate Lizzie Dolan says with climate change and historically irresponsible stewardship of water, we are increasingly facing barriers to having accessible, adequate, and acceptable water. One project the Pulte Institute is working on to supply safe water is the Sustainability and Human Rights Initiative, or SHRI, which offers states and corporations a research-based approach to fulfill this fundamental right.


“A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of,” the revered Nelson Mandela said. His quote echoes the activities the Mandela Washington Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame tapped into in the summer of 2023. In addition to workshops and coaching sessions that ranged from leadership and wellness to managing non-governmental organizations and developing public-private partnerships, the Fellows also experience Fourth of July celebrations at South Bend’s Four Winds Field and whitewater rafting. Thank you to Pulte Institute student intern Samuel Villagra-Stanton for creating this video that highlights some of the magic of the 2023 program.