About Us

Mission

Our mission is to provide support to LGBTQ and Ally employees, to positively influence the campus community, and to serve as a resource to the University of Notre Dame. We will also assist the University in achieving its diversity and inclusion plan by creating awareness of our ERG, hosting events and networking opportunities, and providing innovative ideas for employee recruitment and retention.

Membership

Membership is wholly voluntary and open to all employees of the University who identify as LGBTQ, an Ally, or are otherwise interested in and supportive of the community.

For more information, visit our Membership page.

Steering Committee

Chris Becker

Christine Becker
cbecker1@nd.edu
She/her/hers

Chris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theater at Notre Dame who joined the faculty in 2000. She has been active in trying to support LGBTQ students via such previous endeavors as the 4 to 5 Movement and in providing connections back to campus for alumni in the GALA-ND/SMC group, and she looks forward to now helping LGBTQ employees and allies work together to foster greater diversity and inclusiveness on campus for all who work at ND.

Heather

 Heather Buelow
 hbuelow@nd.edu

 She/her/hers

Heather is a laboratory manager in Biological Sciences, who joined ND staff in 2018. She's excited an LGBTQ  & Ally group for staff exists on campus, and is eager to continue building the group and an inclusive campus community.

Christopher Hillak

 Christopher A. Hillak
 chillak@nd.edu

 He/him/his

Christopher Hillak is the Academic Operations Coordinator, Executive MBA and Non-Degree Programs in the Mendoza College of Business. He is a member of the Mendoza Staff Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council and serves the wider University community as a Diversity Education Volunteer. In addition to Notre Dame, Christopher works as the Missioner for Digital Communications for the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana where he organized their first Pride event in June 2019. He is a former member of  The LGBTQ Center Board of Directors, where he laid the foundation for the first Pride Week in South Bend, and was part of South Bend Equality, a grassroots organization that successfully pushed the South Bend City Council to add sexual orientation/gender identity to the city's Human Rights Ordinance in 2012. Christopher and his husband were married on St. Patrick's Day (2018) at the Cathedral of Saint James and reside in the South Bend area.

Torence Witherspoon

Torence Witherspoon
twither2@nd.edu
He/him/his

Torence came to Notre Dame in July of 2018 and has been engaged in the Diversity & Inclusion initiative from his start. He is passionate about building community and engaging in public discourse about the issues we all face. He is excited to work toward building a Spectrum that welcomes everyone and seeks to engage all.