The Building Bridges Mentoring Program receives the Presidential Team Irish Award

Author: Anna McKeever

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The Presidential Team Irish Award program recognizes staff teams that exemplify the University’s Core Values of integrity, accountability, teamwork, leadership in mission and leadership in excellence. A select number of staff teams receive the award each year as a recognition of significant accomplishments, collaborations or initiatives where they demonstrated Core Values. At each home football game, before 80,000 football fans, one of the Team Irish Award winning teams take the field, during a television timeout, to receive the award. Click for information on the Presidential Team Irish Award.

The first Presidential Team Irish Award recipient of 2019 is the Building Bridges Mentoring Program, which assists the University’s underrepresented student population to succeed academically. The program, which is part of Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS), helps students navigate the institution, explore career paths and succeed in their endeavors. The Building Bridges team was honored at the game against New Mexico on September 14. 

One student has this to say about the program, “Building Bridges had a major role in my path towards graduate school because of the guidance from my faculty mentor and peer mentor during my first year. With their help, I was able to get involved in research quickly in a lab that I loved.”

Of the most recent Notre Dame graduates who participated in Building Bridges, 89 percent of STEM majors conducted research before the end of their sophomore year and 91 percent of business majors interned with a company before they were seniors. 

Building Bridges Mentoring Program Team:

  • Arnel Bulaoro, assistant director of academic success and retention, Multicultural Student Programs and Services
  • Iris Outlaw, director of Multicultural Student Programs and Services (retired August 31, 2019)
  • Yvette Rodriguez, assistant director of programming, Multicultural Student Programs and Services
  • Paige Jackson, assistant director of diversity education outreach, Multicultural Student Programs and Services
  • Sue Pawlicki, office services coordinator, Multicultural Student Programs and Services
  • Darren Davis, professor of political science; director of the Center for Social Research
  • Corey Angst, professor of information technologies, analytics and operations, Mendoza College of Business
  • Dianne Pinderhughes, Notre Dame Presidential Faculty Fellow, professor of Africana studies and political science
  • Agustin Fuentes, the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Endowed Chair in Anthropology
  • Martijn Cremers, the Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College of Business
  • Ronald Metoyer, associate professor of cumputer science and engineering
  • Mary Galvin, the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science
  • Brian Coughlin, associate vice president for student development
  • Erin Hoffman Harding, vice president for Student Affairs
  • Richard Pierce, the John Cardinal O'Hara, C.S.C., Associate Professor of History

Pictured, from left to right, back row to front, are: Corey Angst, Martijn Cremers, Paige Jackson, Arnel Bulaoro, Mary Galvin, Dianne Pinderhughes, Yvette Rodriguez, Agustin Fuentes, and Iris Outlaw.

Originally published by Anna McKeever at on September 12, 2019.