More than 120 Belmont student leaders participated in Social Change & ME on Feb. 20-22. The event is an overview of socially responsible leadership offered by the Belmont Office of Leadership Development (BOLD).
The guiding principles for the experience revolve around the three pillars of social change: I Change, We Change and World Change. Students joined together over four days to discuss what real world change looks like beginning with how individuals change to impact world change.
Belmont staff, graduate students and alumni facilitators guided attendees through activities that explored the seven values of socially responsible leadership that challenged them to engage in social discourse with peers and friends across disciplines. The students interacted through discussions and several hands-on activities.
“Through a focus on self-awareness for the betterment of our communities, we recognize many small actions make up the change we hope to see in the world,” BOLD Graduate Assistant Jonathan Martin said. “The objective being to encourage students that whether in a residence hall at Belmont, or in their chosen vocation, their individual voice and actions matter.”
With a focus on the University’s strategic pathway four of “reweaving the social fabric,” BOLD equips student leaders to understand that societal engagement requires inward reflection. “We are a community who radically champions a strong quality of life for all people, and we recognize that social change only comes through devotion to each of us doing our part,” Martin said.
The BOLD office organizes over 300 campus-wide leadership development offerings each year with Social Change & ME continuing as the most attended event to date. Find upcoming BOLD opportunities on the BOLD webpage.