Belmont University recently released its 2017 Diversity Week schedule, a week-long celebration of the university’s campus-wide diversity and inclusion efforts. Led by the Welcome Home Diversity Council, a senior leadership advisory council devoted to diversity and inclusive excellence across Belmont’s campus, this third annual event series features events for students, faculty and staff to celebrate their own diversity, as well as the diversity that makes up Belmont’s campus.
Led by Vice President and Chief of Staff Dr. Susan West, the week features more than 20 events including:
- The Belmont State of Mind on Monday, October 2 at 10 a.m. in the Frist Lecture Hall: This convocation will overview Belmont’s newest diversity and inclusion initiative, The Belmont State of Mind, and provide an overview of the steps Belmont has taken to further diversity and inclusion across campus.
- REAL Talks for Faculty, Staff and Students on Tuesday, October 3 at 11:30 in Janet Ayers, Room G104 and Thursday, October 5 at 5 p.m. in Johnson, Room 326: These events provide an opportunity for participants to engage in a ‘real talk’ regarding diversity and inclusion efforts on Belmont’s campus and offers the chance to discuss important issues honestly and authentically.
- Privilege Walk on Tuesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. in the Curb Event Center: The campus-wide event invites all members of the Belmont community to experience their privilege in a physical way and will be facilitated by community partners from Open Table Nashville. **Due to the location in the Curb Event Center, soft-soled shoes are required for participation.*
- Chinese Moon Festival on Wednesday, October 4 at 7 p.m: Hosted by the Chinese Cultural Club, this celebration will honor the Moon Festival and will provide participants with the opportunity to take part in a culturally rich experience.
- Catholic Charities Convocation on Friday, October 6 at 10 a.m. in the Janet Ayers Center, Room 1034: This convocation will feature a panel who will discuss the intersectionality between faith and hospitality.
- Side by Side Service Initiative facilitated all week long: Members of the Belmont community will have the opportunity to serve alongside local nonprofits that work within marginalized communities in the Nashville area all week long. Participants can sign up via Belmont’s Get Connected portal.
Diversity Week was created in 2015 to provide an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to celebrate the diversity represented on Belmont’s campus and facilitate important conversations surrounding existing and upcoming initiatives. The full schedule for the week’s events can be found here. can For more information on Belmont’s diversity initiatives, click here.