Notre Dame recognizes a Student LGBTQ and Allies Organization!
This is amazing news. The 4 to 5 Movement (a project of the Progressive Student Alliance) did a great job and I think they mobilized more support than ever before.
A big step
Not a club, but a student organization. It'll probably work well as long as the Student Affairs advisor, who will be hired in July, is supportive. They get an appointed advisor whereas most clubs get to choose their own advisor, and this person is going to play a larger role in the organization's programming.
There is a risk that the University will restrict the organization's ability to advocate for equal rights and for a more loving interpretation of Catholicism (and one that goes against the church hierarchy). For instance, the organization is likely going to advocate for including sexual orientation in the university's non-discrimination clause and there is NOTHING about this issue in the agreement that came out. However, as the previous two university-created bodies (standing committee on gay and lesbian student needs, and then the CORE council) were in favor of this - I'm hopeful that there won't be too many restrictions on the organization's activities. And if the University does restrict the organization's activities, then the Progressive Student Alliance can launch the campaign.
It is also a bit creepy that the set of policy changes is being called the Pastoral Plan as the Catholic Church hierarchy (and the Notre Dame Catholic Church hierarchy) has been standing in the way of justice on this issue. A Student/Faculty/Staff Plan would be more likely to seek justice.