Since its founding in 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been the guardian of liberty, working in the nation's courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve individual working rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and the laws of the United States. The Notre Dame American Civil Liberties Union (ND ACLU) seeks to contribute to the academic dialogue of the Notre Dame community by fostering intelligent and meaningful discussion of civil and individual liberties.

The ND ACLU makes a conscious effort to remain respectful of the school's religious identity and, accordingly, does not embrace the national ACLU's stance on reproductive rights. Furthermore, the ND ACLU attempts to cooperate with groups with contrary positions when hosting events in order to foster discourse.

Although the ND ACLU has worked almost entirely on academic discussion, it will once day begin to undertake advocacy efforts oriented towards the promotion of civil liberties.

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