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Diversity Week 2018 Events

 Diversity Week 2018, October 1-5 

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    Diversity Week 2018 Events

  • The Nashville Period Project Celebration
    09-29-2018 | 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | 2941 Foster Creighton Drive, Nashville, TN

    The Nashville Period Project Challenge, led by Dr. Lakisha Simmons, is seeking to assist Metro Nashville Public School girls who do not have access to period protection products. The Drive, which began in early September, is providing these donated products to ensure girls are able to stay in school. Come join in the celebration, unload donations and a reveal of the TOTAL number of items donated throughout this drive.

    If you are interested in donating products for this important event, please contact Dr. Simmons at lakisha.simmons@belmont.edu

  • ONGOING ACTIVITY! IdentiTree
    10-01-2018 | Gabhart Student Center

    Help us build the Belmont Forest!

    To create our Belmont Forest, individuals are invited to write their identities (name, age, race, etc.) on a leaf that will go on a “tree."  We will have a table of leaves and sharpie pens for individuals to communicate/create their identities on a leaf in the Gabhart Student Center Lobby. From there, the leaves will then be attached to "trees" and create the Belmont Forest! 

  • The Power of Diversity: Mark Charles
    10-01-2018 | 10 A.M. | Janet Ayers Academic Center Chapel

    Mark Charles is a Navajo Christian Community Development leader who engages the complexities of American history regarding race, culture and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and biblical reconciliation. 

    *Convocation credit will be provided.*

  • Service with Nashville CARES
    10-01-2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. | Massey Business Center, Room 100

    Join Bridge Builders in welcoming Jena Altstatt, Community Engagement and Volunteer Manager for Nashville CARES Nashville CARES works to educate, advocate for, and support those in Middle Tennessee who are at risk of, or living with, HIV/AIDS. Jena Altstatt will be discussing what Nashville CARES does and how students can get involved in service.

    Convo credit will be given!

  • Global Engagement Study Abroad & International Missions Fair
    10-01-2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Maddox Grand Atrium

    Come to the Atrium to learn about the University's Study Abroad and International Missions offerings.

  • Office of Multicultural Learning & Experiences & Belmont State of Mind Open House
    10-01-2018 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Gabhart Student Center

    Come to the Gabhart Student Center and learn about the work of the Office of Multicultural Learning and Experiences, as well as the Belmont State of Mind, Belmont's overarching diversity and inclusion initiative. There will be refreshments!

  • Embracing the Discomfort of Diversity in Worship
    10-01-2018 | 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Belmont Ministry Center

    We usually go to church with people who look like us and think like us. But, what if we expanded our communities of worship to include people who didn’t? Mark Charles will help us to explore what we learn from being a part of diverse communities.

    *Convocation credit will be provided.*

  • Auxiliary Partners Scholarship Luncheon
    10-02-2018 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Maddox Grant AtriumRegister

    Director of Bridges to Belmont and the Office of Multicultural Learning and Experiences Dr. Mary Clark will be this year's featured speaker as she discusses gender in the workforce and strategies that can be adopted to further the talent pipeline. 

    The Auxiliary Partners exist to provide Belmont students with scholastic support and the event's $40 ticket covers both lunch and a donation to the scholarship. 

  • Teaching Center: Fostering Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom Through Hospitality
    10-02-2018 | 11:30 A.M. - 1 P.M. | Massey Boardroom

    For Faculty and Academic Staff

    How do we as the Belmont community build on what we know and continue to learn about diversity and inclusion?  What can we do for students who might feel as “other” in our courses, by virtue of their specific dimensions of diversity?  During this lunch conversation, we will explore constructive, imaginative, and creative ways to use hospitality as a diversity and inclusion vehicle for our classrooms.  Judy Skeen (Religion, and Circle of Trust retreat facilitator) will share ideas and frameworks that can support our efforts to exhibit deep hospitality, with ample time for questions, comments, and discussion.

  • Bruin Lead: Student Leadership Challenge
    10-02-2018 | 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Beaman A&BRegister

    Students must also participate in the additional Student Leadership Challenges dates of October 4 from 4:30 - 8 p.m. in Beaman A&B and October 6 from 8 a.m. - noon in Gabhart.

    Leadership is a values-driven process of individuals from diverse backgrounds working together to boldly and ethically engage and transform the world. During Bruin Lead, Belmont students will participate in a 3-evening interactive student leadership development challenge using The Student Leadership Challenge by Barry Posner and James Kouzes and other leadership development resources. Students will learn and apply the five practices of exemplary leadership and prepare to engage in leadership opportunities on and off campus. Highlights of Bruin Lead will include finding common purpose, appealing to common ideals, fostering collaboration, and strengthening others.

    Bruin Lead Option #2 will take place on Nov. 5, 7, 9 for students. 

  • Real Talks: Students
    10-02-2018 | 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. | Johnson Center, Room 422

    This event will provide an opportunity for student 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.

    *Convocation credit will be provided.*

  • I'm Still Here: Austin Channing Brown
    10-03-2018 | 10 A.M. | Janet Ayers Academic Center Chapel

    Austin Channing Brown's book, “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness,” is a Publisher’s Weekly “must-read” for its exploration of racial justice, faith and black womanhood. Austin has an MSW and served as Multicultural Liaison at Calvin College.

    This event is co-sponsored by University Ministries and the RED (Racial and Ethnic Diversity) Team. 

    *Convocation credit will be provided.*

  • Women’s Health Suffered in Silence
    10-03-2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. | Massey, Room 110

    This dialogue and conversation surrounding women's health will provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss their opinions, desires, challenges and frustrations as well as changes they'd like to see within this issue.

    This event is hosted by HOPE Council.

  • Diverse Cuisine in Harrington Place Dining Hall
    10-03-2018 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Harrington Place Dining
  • Fisk University Guided Walking Tour
    10-03-2018 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Transportation from Belmont to Fisk will be provdedRegister

    The bus will pick up participants at 1:15 p.m. in front of the Lila Bunch Library at Belmont University.

    Join us for a visit to Fisk University, a historically black university and the oldest higher education institution in Nashville, on Wednesday, October 3. Fisk has a rich history, both for its work in the Civil Rights movement and for the contributions of its alumni, from W.E.B. DuBois in the 1880s to contemporary poet and author Nikki Giovanni and US Representative John Lewis.  Our visit to Fisk will include a campus tour and time Fisk’s Van Vechten gallery, which include works from Cezanne, Picasso, O’Keefe, and as well as examples of African, Oceanic and Asian art.

    Please wear comfortable shoes! 

    *Convocation credit will be provided.*

  • I'm Still Here: Austin Channing Brown
    10-03-2018 | 3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. | McWhorter Hall, Room 110

    Austin Channing Brown's book, “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness,” is a Publisher’s Weekly “must-read” for its exploration of racial justice, faith and black womanhood. Austin has an MSW and served as Multicultural Liaison at Calvin College.

    This event is co-sponsored by University Ministries and the RED (Racial and Ethnic Diversity) Team. 

    *Convocation credit will be provided.*

  • Moench Entrepreneurship Lecture Series with Payal Kadakia, ClassPass Founder
    10-03-2018 | 5:00 p.m. | Janet Ayers Academic Center, 4th Floor Conference Room

    Payal is the Executive Chairman & Founder of ClassPass, a membership program for fitness classes across multiple gyms and studios, making working out more engaging, accessible, and affordable. Payal has been a “dancetrepreneur” since the age of 3 when she started training in Indian classical and folk styles of dance. It was her passion for dance, entrepreneurship, and making the world a more active, happy place that led to the founding of Classpass. ClassPass has raised a total of $173 million with a valuation of $470 million, according to the company. The ClassPass platform is operational in 50 cities across the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia, with 8,500 partner studios and 45 million reservations made to date.Payal has a degree from MIT in Operations Research and Economics.

    *Convocation credit will be provided.*

  • Real Talk (Faculty & Staff)
    10-04-2018 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Beaman A&B

    This event will provide an opportunity for faculty and staff 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: Walking Toward Awareness, Equity, and Action
    10-04-2018 | 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. | The Lawn Between Johnson & BaskinRegister

    This event provides a unique opportunity for student, faculty and staff to experience their privilege, and the privilege of the Belmont community, in a physical way. Afterwards, trained facilitators will provide a debrief experience for all participants.

    If you plan to attend, please RSVP via the link above.

    *Dinner and convocation credit will be provided!*

  • A Discussion on Race & Sports with Andrew Maraniss
    10-05-2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. | Beaman A&B

    Andrew Maraniss will be on campus to discuss race and sports. Maraniss is the author of The New York Times bestselling book "Strong Inside," the untold story of Perry Wallace who enrolled at Vanderbilt University  in 1966 and became the first African-American basketball player in the Southeastern Conference. "Strong Inside" is not just the story of a trailblazing athlete, but of civil rights, race in America, a campus in transition during the tumultuous 1960s, the mental toll of pioneering, decades of ostracism and eventual reconciliation and healing.

    *Convocation credit will be provided.*

  • Juvenile Injustice: Judge Sheila Calloway
    10-05-2018 | 10 A.M. | Janet Ayers Academic Center Chapel

    Judge Sheila Calloway was elected Juvenile Court Judge in 2014. She helps lead the Disproportionate Minority Task Force as an advocate for at-risk children and youth and teaches on the undergraduate and graduate levels at both Vanderbilt and American Baptist College. 

    *Convocation credit will be provided.*

  • Counseling Services Presents: Just BU Relationships
    10-05-2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. | LCVA 117

    Counseling Services Presents: Just BU Relationships. We all have them. Learn how to navigate healthy relationships and nurture the most important relationship of all...the relationship with yourself!

    *Convocation credit will be provided.*

  • "Won't You Be My Neighbor" Screening
    10-05-2018 | 10:00 p.m. | Johnson Center Large Theatre

    We'll be screening the documentary, "Won't You Be My Neighbor," as Diversity Week's Live on Fridays film programming. The film is an exploration of the life, lessons and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.