Learning about Haiti @ND
Notre Dame’s commitment to Haiti is tangible in the passionate engagement of faculty, students, and the wider community in learning about Haiti. At the University, there are many avenues for doing so, both on-campus and in country.
- Notre Dame is one of the few American universities that regularly offers courses in Haitian Creole. A free, online version of the Creole class, launched in 2007, became popular among aid workers heading to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
- Anthropologist Karen Richman, a leading scholar of Haitian culture, religion, and migration, teaches the Creole course and mentors students interested in Haiti.
- Since the inception in 1997 of the Notre Dame Haiti Program, dozens of students have traveled to Léogane to work with faculty and their Haitian partners on public health initiatives and, more recently, on projects ranging from business to theology.
- Student-led groups have collaborated with the Haiti Program, Eck Institute for Global Health, and Kellogg Institute for International Studies to better understand and educate others about Haitian history, society and public health.