A Message from Dr. Vittoria Pacifico to the Academy of Notre Dame Community

Dear Academy of Notre Dame Community Members, 

Over the last several weeks, I have reached out to share news of how NDA has responded to the global pandemic and how we continue to live our mission and advocate for the needs of our students.  While that work is vital and continues, I have spent the last few days talking to colleagues, parents, alumni, and friends and personally reflecting on the national dialogue around racial injustice and the role that we as a community and as educators play in nurturing a safer, more equitable world.

Today, I write to express my grief and outrage over the senseless killing of George Floyd and so many like him.  As a Catholic institution that was built on educating and uplifting the underserved, the Academy of Notre Dame stands in solidarity with the black community and all those who have faced discrimination and prejudice.     

During times of great injustice and heartache, I find hope in the values that the Academy is working to instill in our young people.  For 166 years, NDA has taught our students to be critical thinkers, socially conscious citizens, and above all else, to emulate the teachings of St. Julie. 

We will continue to teach our children to embody the love, compassion, empathy, forgiveness, and faith that we wish to see in the world. For all of us at the Academy, this is just the start of the conversation, and I feel so blessed to be part of the Sisters of Notre Dame learning community, whose mission focuses on diversity, global justice, and service to those in need. We ask you to pray for peace as we work to play a part in the change that is so needed in our country.  


Dr. Vittoria Pacifico

Head of School