StuGov Letter // Issues // Scholastic // University of Notre Dame


We would like to start our letters with the two most underused words in the English language: “thank you”. Thank you to the previous administration, especially Allan, Matty and Alix, for all your hard work, which put Notre Dame in a position to succeed. And thank you, students, for allowing us to be the next administration of student government. We look forward to an exciting and impactful year.

From the start, student government will be more active and communicative. We will work hard to build trust between the student union and the student body by embracing transparency and accountability. We hope you will visit our website ( and check out our Platform Tracker – an interactive tool designed to let you know what we are working on and where we are at. We will also increase our communication by launching a podcast, revitalizing our social media efforts and posting video updates.

Prior to the start of our tenure, we added departments more directly in tune with the needs of our evolving student body. We expanded the Gender Relations Department to include Title IX and Women’s Initiatives and LGBTQ+ Advocacy, and increased our focus on the rapidly evolving diversity and inclusion space, which now includes First Generation/Low Income Departments (FGLI ), Race and Ethnicity and Disability Advocacy. We have also focused our attention on specific areas of the Notre Dame experience by redefining the South Bend Faith Department and Commitment Department.

All of our departments, new and old, will focus on you – the student body – and your experience. We remain committed to improving student mental health, increasing community partnerships in the South Bend area, and amplifying student voices through the Student Life Council.

Our tenure has only just begun, but we already have some exciting successes to share. On Tuesday, April 19, our Department of Gender Relations – Title IX and Women’s Initiatives will celebrate “Denim Day History & Solidarity Card Signing” to promote action against and awareness of sexual assault. We look forward to walking with the Class of 2026 FGLI students through a summer newsletter and one-on-one peer mentorship. Our Department of Diversity and Inclusion – Disability Advocacy is working with the Senate to pass a resolution celebrating Limb Loss and Difference Awareness Month and provide feedback on gaps in the University’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report.

We can’t wait to see what the rest of our term has in store for us. Please know that we are working day and night to improve your experience, and we couldn’t be more grateful to serve this amazing student body. Come visit our office at 203 Lafun anytime – no goal is too big and no concern is too small.

Let’s have a great year.

Irish by a million,

Patrick Lee and Sofie Stitt


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