The Heart’s Desire & Educational Access

The Heart’s Desire & Educational Access

Rev. Dan Groody, C.S.C., interviews Notre Dame Trustee and Fellow Sara Martinez Tucker. She will discuss her passion for expanding educational access for the nation's youth. Sara served as undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Education. She was nominated to that post, the nation's top higher education official, by President George W. Bush on September 5, 2006, and confirmed by the Senate on December 9, 2006. As undersecretary, she oversaw all policies, programs, and activities related to postsecondary education, vocational and adult education, and federal student aid.


Presented by Dan Groody

Fr. Dan’s new ThinkND course Heart’s Desire and Social Change focuses on meaningful conversations about the things that matter most to people: their purpose, identity, and direction in life. There will be a new episode every Thursday. Visit Fr. Dan’s website,, to practice the concepts he speaks about through weekly “integrations” — actionable challenges to incorporate the content into everyday life.

Meet the Faculty Host

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Rev. Daniel G. Groody, C.S.C., ’86

Vice President and Associate Provost; Associate Professor of Theology and Global Affairs

Rev. Dan Groody, C.S.C., ’86 associate professor of theology and global affairs, was appointed vice president and associate provost at Notre Dame in 2019. In this capacity, he oversees the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, the Center for University Advising, and the Snite Museum of Art. He also assists the provost in areas including internationalization and lifelong learning, as well as external department and program reviews and other academy-related responsibilities.

In addition to his role in the provost’s office, he serves as a Fellow and Trustee of the University and is the adviser for discernment and discovery for Notre Dame’s Inspired Leadership Initiative. 

An internationally recognized expert on migration and refugee issues whose papers and books have been translated into seven languages, Fr. Groody is the author of Globalization, Spirituality, and Justice: Navigating the Path to Peace and Border of Death, Valley of Life: An Immigrant Journey of Heart and Spirit. He has edited or co-edited four books on poverty, justice, and migration.

Fr. Groody’s expertise in and passion for refugee and migration issues has also been applied as executive producer of several acclaimed films and documentaries, including One Border, One Body: Immigration and the Eucharist and Dying to Live: A Migrant’s Journey.

A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 2000, Fr. Groody is a faculty fellow of the University’s Kellogg Institute, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Institute for Educational Initiatives, Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion.

Fr. Groody earned his bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame, a master of divinity degree and a licentiate in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology, and his doctorate in theology from the Graduate Theological Union.

Meet the Co-Host

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Richard Leider

Founder of Inventure – The Purpose Company; bestselling author and practitioner on purposeful living and working; Public Fellow, Notre Dame’s Institute for Advanced Study

Richard Leider is founder of Inventure – The Purpose Company, where the mission is to help people to “unlock the power of purpose” and answer that question. Along the way, Richard has written ten books, including three best-sellers which have sold over one million copies. The Power of Purpose and Repacking Your Bags are considered classics in the personal growth field. Widely viewed as a pioneer of the global purpose movement, his work has been featured in many media sources, and his PBS special – The Power of Purpose – was viewed by millions of people. He has taken his purpose message to all 50 states and four continents, and has advised everyone from the AARP, to the National Football League, and our own U.S. State Department. He is ranked by Forbes as one of the Top 5 most respected coaches.

Sara Martinez Tucker

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Sara Martinez Tucker served as Undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Education for President George W. Bush. As the nation’s top higher education official, she oversaw all policies, programs, and activities related to postsecondary education, vocational and adult education, and federal student aid, including the successful oversight of more than $32 billion in disbursed appropriations and more than 5,500 discretionary awards. In addition, Sara led the development and implementation of two signature programs to increase access to college. First, a joint initiative with the U.S. Treasury Department to make nearly $70 billion in 2008-09 federal student loans available during the nation’s financial crisis, an effort described by the Wall Street Journal as “one bright spot in a season of crises and bailouts,” and an innovative new website,, which helps students and families prepare for college. received Computerworld’s Laureate Medal for exceptional use of technology to better society.

Prior to joining the Department of Education, Tucker worked for nine years as the CEO and president of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), where she pursued an aggressive goal to double the rate of Hispanics earning college degrees. In her time at the helm of HSF, Tucker raised $280 million for scholarships, growing annual scholarships from $3 million to over $25 million, and launching community outreach programs to raise college expectations in Latino families and communities.

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Featured Speakers: 

  • Rev. Daniel G. Groody, C.S.C., Vice President and Associate Provost; Associate Professor of Theology and Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame
  • Sara Martinez Tucker, Trustee and Fellow, University of Notre Dame

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