In his opening remarks, Laurie Nathan framed the discussion, saying,
"Reconciliation is dependent on three prior steps: truth-telling; acknowledgement and apology for harm done; and reparations, which can be material, symbolic and systemic. We need to approach all these steps, and judge the quality of reparations and reconciliation, in light of our commitment to justice. This applies as much to Notre Dame as to broader society."
Each panelist offered short opening remarks, followed by nearly 45 minutes of commentary, questions, and discussions with the audience gathered for the event.
In his remarks, Gary Marseau emphasized the ways the University has failed to follow through on its commitments to the Potawatomi community following the ceding of their land.
"Through the years, we've watched the University cut themselves off and not live up to their obligations to the Potawatomi people. The history has been changed and rewritten to benefit the University."
He also highlighted lapsed commitments by the University to provide free tuition to Potawatomi students.
Savanna Morgan encouraged attendees and all Notre Dame students to pay attention to the "gap between belief and practice" at the University, especially related to the relationship between the campus and broader South Bend community and the treatment of students of color and LGBTQ+ students on campus.
"Instead of asking what can I do for my country, we must ask, what is our responsibility to our neighbors? ... In merely embracing a feel-good-about-yourself diversity, we fail to address deeper systems. Not enough has been done to promote cultural consciousness and awareness of power dynamics in the world and on campus."