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Diversity Week Events

Join us for Diversity Week 2020, September 21-25

    Diversity Week 2020 Events

  • Working Toward Wakanda
    09-20-2020 | 05:00 pm - 06:30 pm | Virtual Event

    STUDENT ONLY EVENT

    In this tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman the sponsors seek to discuss the power and impact of this actor who unfortunately passed away from cancer. The event will feature one of Chadwick Boseman's speeches which will be followed by a discussion of his impact and influence on the Black community and the larger society. The event will be facilitated by Dr. Mona Ivey-Soto.

    Event can be accessed by students for WELL Core through Blackboard WELL Core class. Community members can access the event here.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Update
    09-21-2020 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm | Virtual Event

    BELMONT COMMUNITY EVENT

    Join the Welcome Home Diversity Council for an update on progress made toward diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives this year, specifically following up from the listening sessions earlier this summer. Members of the council will share updates and will be followed by a time of question and response.
    View the Event Here.
  • Quit Spilling the Tea: Let’s Talk
    09-21-2020 | 05:00 pm - 06:00 pm | Virtual Event

    BELMONT COMMUNITY EVENT

    Join us for an honest and real talk about race and how we can have more constructive and civil conversations about racism and racial injustice and it’s impact on our communities. We will be joined by Dr. Syb Brown, Dr. Doug Crews, Dr. Layla Bonner, and Dr. David Latimore. 

    Event can be accessed by students for WELL Core through Blackboard WELL Core class. Staff and faculty can access the event here.  

  • The Role of Black Women and the Suffrage Movement
    09-21-2020 | 06:00 pm - 07:00 pm | Virtual

    BELMONT COMMUNITY EVENT

    Two short documentaries will be shown in regard to the other side of the women’s suffrage movement. Specifically the role and the contributions black women made to the movement, and its significance in our lives today. Dr. Clark will lead a discussion before and after the showing of the documentaries. This is sponsored by HOPE Council & the Office of Multicultural Learning and Experience and will be facilitated by Dr. Mary Clark.

    Event can be accessed by students for WELL Core through Blackboard WELL Core class. Community members can access the event here.

  • Sports and Social Justice Panel
    09-21-2020 | 07:00 pm - 08:00 pm | Virtual Event

    PUBLIC EVENT

    The institution of sport is a social context that has exhibited tremendous growth and continues to yield significant influence on a global scale. For years, athletes and Black athletes in particular have turned to sport as a platform to stand up against inequalities and social injustices systematically embedded within the United States. The killing of George Floyd sparked social unrest throughout the country and a resurgence of athlete activism in sporting spaces as many came together to denounce police brutality and stand in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement. In this panel, we will discuss the topic of sport and social justice broadly as well as what it means for our student-athletes, coaches and athletics administrators on a local level - here at Belmont University. This panel, which will feature an all-star lineup from Belmont University Athletics Department: Coach Casey Alexander (Men’s Basketball), Coach Bart Brooks (Women’s Basketball), Coach Laura Matthews (Softball), Kenisha Rhone (Media Relations/Social Media), Xavier Humphrey (Athletic Marketing), will be moderated by Dr. Kristi Oshiro (Assistant Professor in Sport Administration).

    Event can be accessed by students for WELL Core through Blackboard WELL Core class. All others can access the event here.

  • TED Tuesday: How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time
    09-22-2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Virtual Event

    BELMONT STAFF & FACULTY EVENT

    Join us as we watch and discuss this engaging and challenging TED Talk. Conversation will be facilitated by University Ministries. Please note that you must register for this event and spots are limited! This is for staff and faculty only.

    Event Access: To register log onto myBelmont and click on Belmont Be You under the HR tab. Hover over Learning and click Events Calendar. Find September 22nd and click on the TED Tuesday session. Click the blue Request button. You will be registered and receive an email confirmation.

  • Seeing Your Blindspot Webinar sponsored by the Rev. Charlie Curb Center for Faith Based Leadership
    09-22-2020 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Virtual Event

    BELMONT STAFF & FACULTY EVENT

    With recent violent events across the nation, the subject of racism, privilege, and prejudice has once again entered the national spotlight. Many have been both shocked and grieved by the level of hatred and violence that has been displayed towards members of marginalized communities.  Issues of race, religion, inequality, and vigilantism have surfaced over and over again.  Is it possible that many of us carry hidden biases and prejudices around inside our hearts and minds, placed there years ago by cultural influences, family dynamics, and life experiences?  This workshop will explore ways of discovering and naming certain biases, with the goal of learning how to overcome them. Workshop Presenter: Dr. Jon Roebuck, Executive Director the Rev. Curb Charlie Curb Center for Faith Based Leadership.

    Event Access: Register here – spots are limited

  • Student Real Talk led by Gary Hunter
    09-22-2020 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Virtual Event

    STUDENT ONLY EVENT

    Real Talk is an open, frank and honest dialogue focusing on, but not limited to diversity and inclusion here at Belmont University as well as nationally and globally. A confidential, safe and brave space to voice all opinions. Our slogan "If you are bold enough to bring it up, then we are bold enough to talk about it".

    Event can be accessed for WELL Core through Blackboard WELL Core class.
  • WELL Core Chapel - Dr. Drew Hart (co-sponsored by Welcome Home Diversity Council, Office of Multi-Cultural Learning and Engagement, Debate Programming)
    09-22-2020 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm | Virtual Event

    PUBLIC EVENT

    Drew G.I. Hart, a pastor and professor of theology, has become a national leader in anti-racism education, with a focus on how white supremacy is entangled with western Christianity.  In his latest book, Who Will Be a Witness?: Igniting Activism for God’s Justice, Love, and Deliverance (September 2020), his hope is for all of us to “strive for the flourishing of all people by doing justice and the things that make for peace…We identify and stand with those that Jesus did in his own day. We gladly link arms with those that are impoverished, vulnerable, oppressed, and marginalized.”  He challenges all of us to meaningful engagement across party lines, so that we move from political divisiveness to God-empowered love for all.

    Event Access: Event can be accessed by students for WELL Core through Blackboard WELL Core class. Staff, faculty and community members can view the event here.

  • Rock the Vote at Belmont University: Nashville’s Colleges Celebrate Democracy
    09-22-2020 | 07:00 pm | Virtual Event

    PUBLIC EVENT

    To celebrate National Voter Registration Day, Rock The Vote and Belmont University are partnering to stream a live concert event to encourage students to register to vote. Performers will include student and alumni acts from Belmont University, Fisk University, MTSU, Vanderbilt and Tennessee State University as well as a special performance from Bren Joy and a headlining set from Moon Taxi, both Belmont alumni. 
     
    Event Access: More info and event access can be found here: https://belmontdebate2020.com/rock-the-vote/
  • Educator’s Forum: Teaching the Next Generation About Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice in the Entertainment Industry
    09-23-2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Virtual Event

    PUBLIC EVENT

    This event is part of the Minding the Gap: A Diversity in the Entertainment Industry Symposium.

    This session invites faculty to hear research presentations funded by the Curb College’s Diversity Research grant, and to engage in discussion about DEI pedagogies. Research presentations by Prof. Amy Smith and Jodi Marr, Curb College.

    Event Access: Register Here

    Event is approved for WELL Core Credit.

  • Universal Design for Learning to Address Student Needs: Teaching Center Workshop
    09-23-2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | Virtual Event

    BELMONT STAFF & FACULTY EVENT

    For this lunchtime presentation, we will hear how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles can support our efforts to be inclusive as these principles are employed to minimize barriers (physically and to course content and processes) and maximize learning for all of our students. UDL considers the "what," "how" and "why" of learning as it incorporates scientific insights into how humans learn. Our panel of presenters will include Belmont faculty Teresa Plummer (Occupational Therapy) and Sally Barton-Arwood (Education), and Belmont student Danie Contreras (English major, Education minor).  The session will include time for interaction among participants, and dialogue with the panelists.

    To RSVP please email the Teaching Center at teachingcenter@belmont.edu

  • Should I Change My Name? Artist Names in an Era of Racial Unrest
    09-23-2020 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Virtual Event

    PUBLIC EVENT

    This event is part of the Minding the Gap: A Diversity in the Entertainment Industry Symposium.

    Moderator: Prof. Cheryl Carr, Belmont, Curb College

    Simon Tam is an author, musician, activist, and self-proclaimed troublemaker. Best known as the founder and bassist of The Slants, the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock band. In 2017, he won a landmark case at the U.S Supreme Court, unanimously, helping to expand civil liberties for marginalized groups. His work has been highlighted in over 3,000 media features across over 150 countries, including Rolling Stone, TIME, NPR, BBC and the New York Times. This discussion with Simon provides an introduction to the Supreme Court case and examines just how controversial a band name can be, and why it matters.

    Event Access: Watch Here

    This event is approved for WELL core credit.

  • Culture Care with Renowned Painter Makoto Fujimura
    09-23-2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Virtual Event

    PUBLIC EVENT

    Culture Care is an alternative to the “culture wars” that have characterized politics in recent decades. It is a philosophy born of Makoto Fujimura’s art and Christian faith that offers the creation and conservation of beauty as an antidote to cultural and political brokenness. Fujimura is a Japanese-American painter and artist and was a presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003-2009. He is one of the premier living abstract painters, and his works have been exhibited on four continents.

    Event Access: Students – via WELLCore/Blackboard course for credit, all others view here

  • VIP Leadership Breakfast
    09-24-2020 | 8:00 am - 9:00 am | Virtual Event

    INVITATION ONLY

    This event is part of the Minding the Gap: A Diversity in the Entertainment Industry Symposium.

    Senior administrators of Belmont University welcome entertainment industry leaders for a special VIP event about leading change in the entertainment industry.

    This event is invitation only

  • Staff and Faculty Real Talk led by Gary Hunter
    09-24-2020 | 11:00 am - 1:00pm | Virtual Event

    BELMONT STAFF & FACULTY EVENT

    Real Talk is an open, frank and honest dialogue focusing on, but not limited to diversity and inclusion here at Belmont University as well as nationally and globally. A confidential, safe and brave space to voice all opinions. Our slogan "If you are bold enough to bring it up, then we are bold enough to talk about it".

    This event can be accessed here. 

  • Continuing the Conversation: Seeking Racial Justice in the Local Church
    09-24-2020 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Virtual Event

    BELMONT COMMUNITY EVENT

    Join us for a conversation on the church's role in seeking racial reconciliation and justice. We will have an engaging conversation with local pastors from a diversity of congregations and explore in depth how they see racism impacting their communities and what they are doing to respond to racism in the church and society as a whole. This event is a partnership between University Ministries and the Charlie Curb Center for Faith Leadership.

    Event Access: Event can be accessed by students for WELL Core through Blackboard WELL Core class. All others can access the event here.

  • Black Female Filmmakers: The Power of Film to Create Empathy
    09-25-2020 | 9:00 am - 9:50 am | Virtual Event

    PUBLIC EVENT

    This event is part of the Minding the Gap: A Diversity in the Entertainment Industry Symposium.

    Moderator: Dr. Amy Bertram, Belmont, Curb College

    Black women in film have unique stories to tell, and ways to tell them. These panelists discuss their experiences and expertise. Confirmed participants include: Roxane Pajoul is an Assistant Professor of French at Tennessee State University. Her scholarly interests surround Taboo Topics (the perception of non-heteronormative sexualities in the Francophone Caribbean, mixed-race couples, and race relations in France); Women and Gender Studies, particularly the representation of women in the media; and research interests pertaining to Black France; Kayla Young, Researcher, The Kelly Clarkson Show and alumna, Belmont University Motion Pictures program; Mdme Fatou-Niang, Filmmaker and professor at Carnegie Mellon.

    Event Access: Watch Here

    This event is approved for WELL core credit.

  • The Foundation: African American Recordings from Nashville: 1946-1970
    09-25-2020 | 10:00 am - 10:50 am | Virtual Event

    PUBLIC EVENT

    This event is part of the Minding the Gap: A Diversity in the Entertainment Industry Symposium.

    Speaker: Dr. Don Cusic

    This seminar provides a look inside the rich world of Nashville’s history of African American music and tells a little-known story as chronicled and told by Dr. Don Cusic, music historian, composer, and author of over 30 books on American music.

    Event Access: Watch Here

    This event is approved for WELL core credit.

  • Racing Toward Equity
    09-25-2020 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am | Virtual

    BELMONT COMMUNITY EVENT

    This session will discuss and explore the connections between racial bias, prevention and equity. The aim is to gain a greater understanding of how racial bias, blind spots and cultural competence show up in prevention work and creating messages that improve efficacy and acceptance in communities of color.

    Event can be accessed by students for WELL Core through Blackboard WELL Core class. All others can access event here.

  • The Black Music Action Coalition: Moving Toward Diversity and Advancement for Blacks in Entertainment
    09-25-2020 | 11:00 - 11:50 am | Virtual Event

    PUBLIC EVENT

    This event is part of the Minding the Gap: A Diversity in the Entertainment Industry Symposium.

    Moderator: Prof. Eric Holt, Belmont, Curb College

    Explore the status of trailblazing initiatives by the Black Music Action Coalition and other industry groups to encourage diversity in entertainment and to create awareness of the disparities and possible solutions associated with minority representation, management, and ownership in the entertainment industry.

    Event Access: Watch Here

    This event is approved for WELL core credit.

  • Flash Talks – Reconciling with 2020 (USAC)
    09-25-2020 | 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm | Virtual Event

    BELMONT STAFF & FACULTY EVENT

    The year 2020 has been a catalyst for a lot of public movements and people are reconciling their own experiences with what is happening in the world. Join us as we hear from Benita Walker, Cory Bishop, Lauri Chaudoin and Dr. Thandi Dinani as they share with us how they are reconciling with their faith, race, and gender with the flash points of 2020 such as the pandemic, the protests, police brutality, etc.

    This event can be accessed here. 

  • One Vote Won: Opera Watch & Talk-Back
    09-25-2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Virtual Event

    PUBLIC EVENT

    This event is part of the Minding the Gap: A Diversity in the Entertainment Industry Symposium.

    As Belmont University prepares to host the 2020 Presidential debates, watch this World Premiere opera about an African American woman’s story of voting. Produced by the Nashville Opera Company, composed by Dave Ragland, and directed by John Hoomes, Artistic Director of the Nashville Opera. The streamed opera runs 35 minutes, followed by a live talk-back discussion.

    Event Access: Register Here

    This event is approved for WELL core credit.

  • The Role of Faith and Racial Justice in the Entertainment Industry
    09-25-2020 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Virtual Event

    PUBLIC EVENT

    This event is part of the Minding the Gap: A Diversity in the Entertainment Industry Symposium.

    Join E.J. Gaines, Co-Executive Director of Motown Gospel and Vice President of Marketing, Capitol Christian Music Group, Stellar Award Winner Janice Gaines, Gospel Recording Artist; and Michelle Duffie, D3 Entertainment Group as they discuss the intersection of faith and racial justice in the entertainment industry.

    Event Access: Watch Here

    This event is approved for WELL core credit.

  • The Value of the Vote: Pressing for Freedom
    09-25-2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Virtual Event

    PUBLIC EVENT

    This event is part of the Minding the Gap: A Diversity in the Entertainment Industry Symposium.

    Moderator: Marissa Avnaim, Belmont, Senior Journalism major

    This program will start with a special presentation from C-Span entitled "Make Up Your Own Mind" highlighting how the non-partisan organization is a window into Washington. Afterward, a panel of distinguished journalists will address some of the most pressing issues surrounding the Election, voter suppression, fake news and more. This session is offered in partnership with the Nashville chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. Participants include: Belmont Senior Marissa Avnaim, Freelance Journalist, Belmont alumna Ameshia Cross, Producer & Host, “Cross Point, “Sinclair Broadcast Group and Retired Veteran Gannett Tennessean Columnist, Dwight Lewis.

    Event Access: Register Here

    This event is approved for WELL core credit.