Belmont University is committed to honoring diversity in our faculty, staff, administration, and our student populations. Our mission and values speak to the value of diversity.
Belmont University is a student-centered Christian community providing an academically challenging education that empowers men and women of diverse backgrounds to engage and transform the world with disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage and faith.
Belmont University welcomes students from diverse backgrounds and upholds the dignity of all. The university fosters an atmosphere of respect for the civil expression of divergent perspectives that enables students to learn, to live, to work, and to play together.
As a community seeking to uphold Christian standards of morality and ethics, Belmont University holds high ideals and expectations of each student who chooses to join the community. In upholding these ideals, Belmont proclaims these values:
- mutual respect and collaboration
- the worth of the individual
- personal integrity
- critical, independent thinking
- self control
- community responsibility and accountability
Affirmative Action Plan
Belmont instituted an Affirmative Action Plan in 2000 and strives to become more diverse purposefully and equitably. The Provost's Office and the Office of Human Resources together dedicate budget monies to diversifying faculty searches and staff recruitment. As we endeavor to increase diversity on our faculty and staff, the Human Resources staff is available as a special resource to searches and recruitment efforts.
Conversations and programs about diversity and the University's Affirmative Action Plan are part of convocation programs, sack lunch discussions, and orientation programs for faculty and staff.
Martin Luther King Week
Our commitment to Martin Luther King week through classroom and special events began in 1997 through a faculty improvement group and a student's question. It continues to grow today with Belmont observing the MLK Holiday and week with widely varied events. Faculty volunteer to devote one or more classes to include a focus on the principles promoted by Dr. King. Events for faculty and staff to attend are held during the MLK week. Students provide leadership for organizing campus and off-campus events.