The Ford Program fosters opportunities for Notre Dame students to explore issues related to human development in and beyond the classroom. Our goal is to train the next generation of passionate leaders in the fight against global poverty.
Students involved with the Ford Program develop the skills to:
Recognize and analyze the factors that limit human flourishing
Understand the costs and benefits of various approaches to promoting human development
Prioritize the experiences, perspectives, and insights that local communities bring to effectively understanding and addressing development challenges
Opportunities for students through the Ford Program
Join the interdisciplinary minor in International Development Studies, which provides a unique opportunity for Notre Dame undergraduates to explore international development holistically.
Participate in events on campus to engage with other students and dialogue on human development.
The annual student-led Human Development Conference presents research by 50 or more undergraduate scholars, gathering students from around the world.
The Discussions on Development series features conversations between development scholars and practitioners, students and the broader community.
The Notre Dame Award for International Human Development and Solidarity honors the visionary work of a leading figure in international human development, who presents a lecture open to the public.
Share scholarly ideas and culture through student and faculty exchange opportunities with partner universities in other countries.