Last updated on February 9th, 2024 at 08:23 am
St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana is under fire for contemplating a plan to admit male students who self-identify as female. Upon public scrutiny, the all-female Catholic college’s leadership rescinded this decision. However, the incident sparked discord amongst students, faculty, and alumni that continue to echo, even a month post the original announcement.
The controversy has led community members to boycott the college’s fundraising, circulate a petition for President Katie Conboy’s removal, and initiate a new watchdog group dedicated to preserving the institution’s Catholic identity. This incident amplified existing concerns regarding the college’s compliance with its Catholic identity.
Critics also argue that the school’s leadership has shown a lack of publicity regarding changes in policies. Many believe that the administration has attempted to shift St. Mary’s trajectory away from Catholic teachings and traditions.
These incidents have put Conboy’s tenure and the school’s leadership under scrutiny. Conboy’s strategic plan titled “Revere and Revise” has faced questions due to the proposal of controversial changes, such as the new LGBT Center and key hires including controversial figures. Critics argue that these decisions are not in accordance with the Catholic identity envisioned for the school.
Now, both sides of the controversy are demanding change. Some insist on a leadership change and others propose the formation of new watchdog groups to monitor the school activities closely while preserving its Catholic identity. As the story develops, many perceive that the journey to resolution is far from over.