Alumna Spotlight: Ceranire Flagg ’13
By Jeanette Handelsman ’64, Alumnae Engagement Coordinator
As we prepare for Father Greg Boyle to touch the lives of our current students on January 25, Celanire Flagg ‘13 shares how Father Greg Boyle inspired her coursework and co-curricular activities at Notre Dame.
Celanire Flagg ‘13 is very familiar with Fr. Boyle. She remembers reading Tattoos on the Heart in Mr. Christopher King’s religious studies class at OLP, and was honored to have him as the Commencement Speaker when she graduated from the University of Notre Dame in May 2017. At Commencement, Fr. Boyle was awarded the Laetare Medal, given to a Catholic “whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the Church and enriched the heritage of humanity.”
In college, Celanire took the words and work of Fr. Boyle to heart as she volunteered at Dismas House, a traditional home that provides assistance to formerly incarcerated individuals with skills to survive in the world once they have been released. This organization helps individuals prepare resumes, learn new technology skills and coach them on the GED exam and college courses.
Celanire was also one of 15 Notre Dame students selected to participate in a semester-long course called Inside Out, which examined the prison industrial complex. The class took place at a prison with 15 incarcerated students. “It was truly fascinating to learn in conjunction with people who had such different life experiences than myself,” Celanire said.
Because of these experiences, Celanire chose to write her thesis for her Gender Studies degree on the racist and sexist language of the drug war policies and how it affects incarcerated women. (Celanire dual-majored in Gender Studies and Management Consulting.)
Celanire is currently living in the Chicago area, working at Huron Consulting Group and specializing in services to Higher Education. She is thrilled that Father Boyle is visiting campus on January 25, 2018 and hopes to attend his mass.