Great news for Notre Dame’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender student body: officials have announced plans for university-recognized LGBT student organization. The South Bend Tribune reports that the group was announced as part of a “comprehensive pastoral plan” that includes more support and services for LGBT students and allies. That university-wide plan also includes an array of initiatives based on the University of Notre Dame’s Catholic mission, the publication notes.
Though not a club or an advocacy group, the organization will reportedly be open to any student. “Here at Notre Dame, a club is actually in a sense a temporary structure,” Erin Hoffmann Harding, vice president for Student Affairs, told The Observer. “It continues and does programming at the interest of the club itself. So our organizations have more permanence and more stature.”
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