During LEAD Week, leading up to Move-In Weekend, students and staff diligently prepared for the huge undertaking of helping more than 4,200 student and families come home to Belmont. There were more than 400 student leaders who cheered and supported new and returning residential Belmont students as they returned to campus.
Student leaders engaged in a variety of leadership development sessions and training workshops led by the Division of Student Formation staff in University Ministries, the Belmont Office of Leadership Development (BOLD), Residence Life, New Student Orientation, the Office of Student Engagement, Counseling Services and Student Support Services.
Trainings included topics like creating belonging and inclusion, understanding and putting personal and shared values into action, identity and diversity, along with a host of other fun and collaborative experiences. Belmont President Dr. Greg Jones and other staff also shared with student leaders during the annual Leadership Launch for all student leaders.
Supporting students and families is more than lifting hundreds of mini-fridges, loading in futons, cheering on Belmont moms or dads or walking shelves up ten flights of stairs. The experience is about helping student leaders and staff serve and lead well. It’s about student leaders aligning their shared values consistently to help realize the Belmont mission.
For resident assistants, BOLD students, student organizations, Towering Traditions, Orientation Council, athletes, spiritual life assistants and service year leaders, LEAD Week and Move-In experiences are about helping people make connections and find a home away from home. Even more importantly, the experiences are about being radical champions for all.
The Division of Student Formation will continue to help form diverse leaders of characters through relationship building, programs, experiences and engagement opportunities for all Belmont students.