Rev. Edward F. Sorin, a missionary priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, established the University of Notre Dame du Lac in 1842. Fr. Sorin arrived in America from his native France accompanied by seven religious Brothers from France and Ireland. Father Sorin defined the mission of his university as follows: To be a community of teacher-scholars in service not only to the natural truths of the arts and sciences but also to the transcendent truth of faith. This University, Sorin predicted, would become “a powerful force for good”, and so it strives to be, even now, more than 160 years after its founding.
The ESTEEM program is no exception to the mission of Notre Dame. In order to become "a powerful force for good" the ESTEEM program has committed to enacting one substantial "Legacy" event each year. Each Legacy event is entirely shaped and driven by the students of the program. Planning and enacting Legacy events provides students insight into the challenges and rewards of plying the skills of entrepreneurship to create lasting good for others. Such social entrepeneurship is an elegant marriage of all that the ESTEEM program stands for and the greater mission of Notre Dame. The ESTEEM program endeavors to encourage students to take their iniative out of the classroom; the Legacy iniative is central to this effort.
The current ongoing Legacy event is "Road To Discovery" which will conclude May 12, 2016. Road To Discovery is actively seeking donations in support of research of Niemann-Pick Type C and other rare diseases.