Week 6: The 2000s with Carol Anderson and Jetaun Davis

Week 6: The 2000s with Carol Anderson and Jetaun Davis

Welcome to week 6 of Shared Reading Experience - Black Domers: African-American Students at Notre Dame in Their Own Words. Corey discusses the 2000s with Carol Anderson and Jetaun Davis. This week's reading is chapter 6 of the book.

The 2000s

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On Wednesday, November 18 Shared Read hosted a discussion with Kevin Hawkins ’81, Indi Jackson ’17, Corey Robinson ’17, and moderator Angie Torain, Senior Associate Athletic Director for culture, diversity, and engagement. To join future Shared Read events, be sure to register.

Kevin Hawkins ’81 graduated from Notre Dame in 1981 with a BA in Psychology and played 3 years on the Notre Dame Men’s Basketball Team. He is the son of Tom Hawkins ’59, a member of the ND Basketball Ring of Honor. He is a Commissioner and Mediation Technology Specialist with the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service and has served in federal government for 18 years. Kevin is the Co-Founder and Chairman of The Hawkins Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting literacy and fighting hunger for underrepresented and underserved children. He stays engaged with Notre Dame students and alumni and has co-founded the Class of ’81’s Love & Justice Group on Facebook which hosts regular roundtable discussions on Zoom. Kevin resides in South Bend with wife Karen, and they have two adult children, Selina and Spenser.



Indi Jackson ’17 comes from Pontiac, MI, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2017.  As a track and field record-breaking student-athlete, she minored in Computer Digital Technologies and majored in Film, Theatre, and Television. During undergrad, she created “Breaking the Cycle” an award-winning documentary about her family that appeared in film festivals across the country. After internships with NFL Films and the Detroit Lions, she returned to Notre Dame where she currently works as an Associate Producer for Men’s and Women’s Basketball. Throughout this role, she has won two Chicago Emmys, an SVG award, and creates as well as hosts, “Brave Voices as ND.” The podcast is centered around the black student-athlete voice and aims to ease the tension around talking about race. 


Corey Robinson ’17 lived in Knott Hall while on campus. He majored in the program of liberal studies and sustainability, played wide receiver on the varsity football team, and served in student government. Corey is now working as a digital correspondent and reporter for NBC Sports. 


Angie Torain is the Senior Associate Athletic Director for culture, diversity, and engagement. Torain came to Notre Dame in 2017 as the Associate Athletics Director, Human Resources, Legal and Risk Management where she also oversaw the men’s tennis program as its sport administrator. Before that, she served as Deputy Athletic Director and Senior Women’s Administrator at the University of the Incarnate Word since September 2015. In that role, she served as the primary advisor to the Director of Athletics, supervised the department’s NCAA reclassification to Division I, and acted as the department’s Title IX representative. Torain also assisted with the management of the department’s budget and contracts, served as human resources liaison, and acted as sport administrator for six programs. During her tenure at the Summit League, Torain — a 1997 graduate of Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law — also served as an adjunct professor of sports law at Northern Illinois University.

Seeking common ground

“I have a lot of very interesting conversations about race with my freshman and which…really stemmed out of me growing comfortable with the people that weren’t like me.” – Rathin Kacham

Most productive workforce may require indefinite affirmative action, study shows

Presented by Office of Public Affairs and Communications

Affirmative action policies have been debated for decades and Supreme Court rulings have guided how universities structure their admission policies. It stands to reason that diverse graduating classes will ultimately lead to diverse workplaces, but this is not always the case.

Read the full article here.

Art for Thought: "Maquette for Wing Generator"

Presented by Snite Museum of Art

Learn more about the art work and its artist here.

Richard Hunt (American, b.1935), Maquette for Wing Generator, 1982/2010, Corten steel. Acquired with funds provided by Judith H. Kinney, 2010.030.

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