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Student participating in a privilege walk in the curb event center during diversity week

Diversity Week


Diversity Week 2017 will provide a meaningful opportunity for all members of the Belmont community to celebrate the university's diversity and inclusion efforts.

Week's Ongoing Initiatives: 

  • Side by Side Service: Members of the Belmont community will have the opportunity to serve all week at nonprofit organizations throughout the city that service diverse populations. Opportunities include serving at the Nashville Rescue Mission, Operation Gratitude and Bingo for Books. For more information and to sign up, visit Get Connected or click here
  • Identi-Tree Activity: Members of the Belmont community will have the opportunity to create their piece of the Belmont "forest," illustrating their unique identity. Throughout Diversity Week, participants can visit the full "forest," an experience that will feature all created pieces, in the Beaman Student Life Center. 

    Diversity Week Events

  • Belmont State of Mind Convo
    10-02-2017 | 10:00AM - 11:00AM | Gordon E. Inman Center, 4th Floor, Frist Lecture Hall

    Come and hear about the new Belmont State of Mind, campus's comprehensive diversity and inclusion initiative. *Convo credit given.*

  • Deaf Culture 101
    10-02-2017 | 10:00AM - 11:00PM | Gordon E. Inman Center, Room 211

    Mike Helm, Director of Outreach and Adult Education at Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, will give a brief introduction to Deaf Culture. Mike will also share some of his experiences as a member of this community. *Convo credit given.*

  • Corners of Campus Student Panel
    10-02-2017 | 6:30PM - 8:30PM | Beaman A&B

    A panel of student leaders from different "corners of campus," including minority organizations, Greek Life and SGA, will share their experiences at Belmont, both at individuals and as members and representatives of their specific organizations. *Convo credit given.*

  • Faculty/Staff REAL Talk
    10-03-2017 | 11:30AM - 1:30PM | Janet Ayers Academic Center, Room G104

    This Real Talk will provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to participate in an open, safe dialogue regarding diversity and inclusion. Food will be provided. 

  • Privilege Walk: Walking Toward Awareness, Equity, and Action
    10-03-2017 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM | Curb Event Center Arena Floor

    This event will provide 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. 

    Soft soled shoes must be worn.

    Please RSVP for the Privilege Walk, here

  • Opening The Door: Creating Space for Fruitful Conversations
    10-04-2017 | 10:00AM - 11:00AM | Milton and Denice Johnson Center, Room 131

    This convo will feature a conversation about the way we engage in challenging topics. The goal is to help participants explore what makes these topics challenging for them personally and discover a path forward. This session will address a range of topics associated with diversity and inclusion including, both not limited to, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, political affiliation and socioeconomic status.

  • Dr. Andre Churchwell Convo
    10-04-2017 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM | McWhorter Hall, Room 114

    Dr. Andre Churchwell will present to students as part of Diversity Week 2017. *Convo credit given.*

  • Chinese Moon Festival
    10-04-2017 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM | Janet Ayers Academic Center, Room 1045

    This celebration, the second largest annual country-wide celebration in China, will include details about the Moon Festival's traditions, a moon viewing at its biggest and brightest for the year and more.

  • Beyond Colorblind
    10-05-2017 | 10:45 A.M - 2:00 P.M. | McWhorter Hall Plaza

    We live in a society that prizes both colorblindness and diversity. Somehow we're supposed to visibly diversify our school and work spheres and yet act like we all have the same story. "Colorblind diversity" often means multicolored attendance in the same room. We have not progressed to a post-racial society. Stop by this interactive display to discover what Jesus wants to say to your ethnic identity and discuss what next steps we might take together at Belmont. 

  • Student REAL Talk
    10-05-2017 | 5:00PM - 7:00PM | Milton and Denice Johnson Center, Room 326

    This Real Talk will provide an opportunity for students to engage in an open, safe dialogue related to diversity and inclusion. Food will be provided. *Convo credit given.*

  • "Marshall" Screening and Panel Discussion
    10-05-2017 | 4:30PM - 9:30PM | Milton and Denice Johnson Center, Large Theater

    This event will feature a panel discussion from 4:30 - 6 p.m., a reception from 6 - 7 p.m. and the screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. Seats are limited and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. 

  • Intervarsity Small Group: Beyond Colorblind Mixer
    10-05-2017 | 7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. | Horrell Hall, Room 300

    Join InterVarsity for a mixer aimed at connecting students to one another and ongoing opportunities to continue growing in ethnic identity awareness and racial reconciliation. 

  • Showing Hospitality
    10-06-2017 | 10:00AM - 11:00AM | Janet Ayers Academic Center, Room 1034

    Emily Sellars from Catholic Charities will speak about the organization's work and what it means to show hospitality to refugees and immigrants. *Convo credit given.*

  • HSA Presents A Deep Look into Aztec Dancing
    10-06-2017 | 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. | Vince Gill Room, Curb Event Center

    Join the Hispanic Student Association for a discussion on a deep look into Aztec dancing. *Convo credit given.  

  • Stone Soup Cook Off
    10-06-2017 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Inman/McWhorter Patio

    Belmont’s University Staff Advisory Council is hosting this year's Stone Soup & Chili Cook-Off on Friday, October 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Inman/McWhorter Patio. As a community that celebrates diversity, the opportunity to come together to share a cultural dish or simply to enjoy one another furthers our mission of inclusion and camaraderie on campus. The stone soup folktale teaches us that communities can be stewed together to create goodness for all of us and that all cultures have value and add savor to our shared existence on God's green earth. 

    Anyone is welcome to register and everyone is encouraged to come, eat, and VOTE! Voting for your favorite soup or chili is only $1, and all proceeds will be donated to Operation Christmas Child in partnership with University Ministries.

    To register for the cook-off, click here