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Diversity Week Events

Join us for Diversity Week 2021, September 17-26

    Ongoing Events

  • The BEAT: Belmont Ethics and Accountability Training
    09-17-2021 | Virtual/Self-Paced

    STUDENT ONLY EVENT

    The Belmont Ethics and Accountability Training - The BEAT is an online self-paced student leadership development experience offered by the Belmont Office of Leadership Development - BOLD.  Through this experience, students will learn to uphold and respect standards of conduct based on the socially accepted values of Belmont and society while learning to act in ways that promote productive functioning and well-being of oneself and others. Search "The BEAT" in Bruin Link for details beginning September 17 through the end of the semester to earn BOLD credit.

    Sponsored by: BOLD (Belmont Office of Leadership Development)

  • "The Naked Truth: An American Story in White, Red and Blue"
    09-17-2021 | Leu Art Gallery in Bunch Library

    The Watkins College of Art presents an exhibition and artist talk by Nigerian-born, Memphis-based artist Ephraim Urevbu titled "The Naked Truth: An American Story in White, Red and Blue." Urevbu uses his powerful paintings to explore a fractured society, confront personal fears and biases, and spark community dialogue around America's deep-rooted issues with racism. 

    The gallery is open to the public Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 - 5 p.m.

    Sponsored by the Watkins College of Art

  • Freedom Plaza
    09-17-2021 | Freedom Plaza

    In January 2021, Belmont dedicated Freedom Plaza to celebrate and memorialize the lives of the enslaved individuals who are known to have labored on the estate owned by Joseph and Adelicia Acklen more than 170 years ago, prior to the establishment of Belmont College. The known names of these people are now inscribed on the fountain. During this week we invite you to take time to visit Freedom Plaza (in front of the McWhorter building), reading the plaque that tells the story of the Plaza and the names of those who were enslaved. Our hope is that reflecting on these enslaved people - their lives and their stories- will empower and encourage us to do our part in making a world where all people are free and equal.

  • Celebrating Diversity with Sodexo
    09-20-2021 | Harrington Place Dining Hall

    To help Belmont mark Diversity Week, Sodexo will be offering foods from around the world throughout the week. As you enjoy your lunch and dinner, give a moment of thanks for the gifts that different cultures have given to our cuisine - and ENJOY!

    Friday, September 17th

  • It All Starts with Empathy
    09-17-2021 | 10:00 a.m. | Massey Performing Arts Center

    Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, an award winning journalist and health disparities activist, gives his life to changing health and healthcare disparities. His work goes far beyond that, though, as he asks us to consider how understanding what our neighbor experiences changes our lives and theirs for the better.

  • FUN FRIDAY: International Food & Movies
    09-17-2021 | Multiple Locations

    Lunch & Dinner:  Harrington Dining Hall 

    • Korean Food

    1:30 p.m. Johnson Center Large Theater 

    • Movie: Minari 
  • What Can I do?: The Rules of Allyship: Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins
    09-17-2021 | 1:00 p.m. | Beaman Student Life Center A&B

    HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONS STUDENTS/FACULTY/STAFF

    Healthcare disparities and the impact on racism on healthcare can be an overwhelming and daunting topic. We have asked him to speak directly to what health professions students and faculty can do now to increase our awareness of our own biases and engage in meaningful ways to reduce healthcare disparities one situation, one clinical site, one patient, peer, or colleague interaction at a time.

    Sponsored by: Colleges of Medicine, Health Sciences & Pharmacy

    Sunday, September 19th

  • Making Diversity and Inclusion More Effective
    09-19-2021 | 7:00 p.m. | Curb Event CenterRegister

    This year's First Year Student guest speaker is Dr. Mary Frances Berry. Berry has been a Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History since 1987. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan and JD from the University of Michigan Law School. She is the author of ten books. 

    Professor Berry has had a distinguished career in public service. From 1980 to 2004, she was a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and from 1993-2004 served as Chair. Between 1977 and 1980, Dr. Berry served as the Assistant Secretary for Education in the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). She has also served as Provost of the University of Maryland and Chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder. In recognition of her scholarship and public service, Professor Berry has received 35 honorary doctoral degrees and many awards, including the NAACP's Roy Wilkins Award, the Rosa Parks Award of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Ebony Magazine Black Achievement Award.

    She is one of 75 women featured in I Dream A World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America. Sienna College Research Institute and the Women's Hall of Fame designated her one of "America's Women of the Century." In 1990-91 she was President of the Organization of American Historians. She is a Fellow of the Society of American Historians and of the National Academy of Public Administration. Professor Berry teaches the History of American Law, and the History of Law and Social Policy. She also advises students in African American History.

    https://africana.sas.upenn.edu/people/mary-frances-berry 

    Monday, September 20th

  • Conversations that Change Us: Panel Discussion
    09-20-2021 | 10:00 a.m. | Gabhart Chapel in the Janet Ayers Academic Center

    It is hard to listen to the stories of people we share life with and not be changed. Conversations with real people about real issues matter. In this panel discussion, members of the Belmont community who have been a part of reading and conversation groups on issues of Racial Justice and Equity in the last year will share their experiences of conversations that changed their lives.

    Sponsored by University Ministries

  • From Nashville to Now: A Conversation with Dr. Mary Frances Berry
    09-20-2021 | 10:00 a.m. | McWhorter 102

    For more than four decades, Dr. Mary Frances Berry has been one of the most visible and respected activists in the cause of civil rights, gender equality, and social justice. Serving as Chairperson of the US Civil Rights Commission, Dr. Berry led the charge for equal rights and liberties for all Americans over the course of four Presidential administrations. A trailblazer for women and African-Americans alike, she also became the first woman of any race to head a major research university as Chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches the history of American law and the history of law and social policy. Dr. Berry was born and raised in Nashville, attending Fisk University until she transferred to Howard University in Washington, D.C. In this one-on-one interview, Dr. Berry will discuss her time in Nashville and the choices she has made, both professional and personal, to become the person she is today.

  • Room to Worship: How does Jesus make room around his throne for a diversity of people
    09-20-2021 | 10:00 a.m. | Janet Ayers Academic Center 5005

    During this convo, Aaron and Tamar Chipp of the band "Modern Day Cure" will play music and talk about the role of worship in healing division and nurturing diversity in the church. Raised in the Black church, they now tour and lead worship for people of many backgrounds, with the goal of exalting Jesus and seeing people changed by His power. The Nashville-based band is known for worship and teaching that crosses cultural and denominational boundaries.

    Sponsored by College of Theology and Christian Ministry

    Tuesday, September 21st

  • University Staff Advisory Council Meet & Greet w/ Mary Frances Berry
    09-21-2021 | 9:00 a.m. | Massey Business Center Boardroom

    FACULTY/STAFF EVENT

    Open to all faculty and staff of color to stop by for a meet and greet w/ Mary Frances Berry. Continental breakfast food, coffee/tea will be provided!  

    Sponsored by: Welcome Home Diversity Council and USAC

  • Civil Rights Panel w/ Mary Frances Berry, Pete Kuryla & Karal McKanders
    09-21-2021 | 10:00 a.m. | McWhorter Hall 114

    Since her college years at Howard University, Mary Frances Berry has been one of the most visible activists in the cause of civil rights, gender equality, and social justice in our nation. Serving as Chairperson of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, Berry demanded equal rights and liberties for all Americans during four Presidential administrations. A pathbreaker, she also became the first woman to head a major research university, serving at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Berry also served as the principal education official in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, working to improve access and quality education in our schools. During this panel, she will discuss her book History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times, exploring the continued quest for justice and the way in which an end of discrimination and inequality requires law enforcement, political representation, and remembering non-violent protest is an essential ingredient of politics.

    Dr. Kuryla, History Department, Belmont University: “Historical Consciousness and the Civil Rights Movement”  As a cultural phenomenon, the Civil Rights Movement forms a part of what might be called the “historical consciousness” of countless people the world over. People with very different political ideas invoke its leaders, and corporations now use its memory to sell commodities of one kind or another. For Dr. Kuryla’s contribution, he will consider some of the cultural purposes these different uses and abuses of the movement fulfill, while suggesting some openings where historical consciousness of the movement might encourage better approaches to present-day problems.

    Karla McKanders, Clinical Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School: “Immigration and Racial Justice: Enforcing the Borders of Blackness”  Black immigrants are invisible at the intersection of their race and immigration status. Until recently, conversations on border security, unlawful immigration, and national security obscured racially motivated laws seeking to halt the blackening and browning of America. Professor McKanders’s talk engages with the impact of immigration enforcement at the intersection of anti-Black racism and interrogates how foundational immigration laws that exist outside constitutional norms have rendered Black immigrants invisible. At this intersection, Black immigrants experience a double bind where enforcement of immigration laws and the criminal legal system have a disparate impact resulting in disproportionate incarceration and deportation.

  • Ted Tuesday: How to Deconstruct Racism one Line at a Time
    09-21-2021 | 12:00 p.m. | Virtual

    Join members of the Belmont community as we watch and discuss Baratunde Thurston’s TED Talk "How to Deconstruct Racism one Line at a Time." 

    Sponsored by Welcome Home Diversity Council, University Ministries and Human Resources

    Zoom Link

  • Incorporating Inclusive Elements for our Courses, Classrooms & Labs
    09-21-2021 | 3:30 p.m. | McWhorter 102

    FACULTY/STAFF EVENT

    A panel of Belmont faculty members will share examples and ideas from their teaching that illustrate efforts to be inclusive. Session participants will be able to identify and implement aspects of inclusive excellence in their courses.

    Sponsored by The Teaching Center

  • Celebrate Chinese Culture: Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
    09-21-2021 | 6:00 p.m. | Massey Business Center Boardroom

    This is an annual event for the Belmont community celebrating Chinese culture and the Mid-Autumn or Moon Festival. Presentations will be given by officers of the Chinese Cultural Association and Asian American Association. All attendees will receive free "Moon Cakes."

    Sponsored by Asian Studies, Chinese Cultural Association

    Wednesday, September 22nd

  • Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace
    09-22-2021 | 10:00 a.m. | Beaman A&B

    What does it mean to bring your whole self to work, feel valued and have a voice? Join us to learn from organizations who have made a commitment to practicing equity and inclusion and how today’s students can identify companies and demonstrate the awareness and skills needed to engage and include people from different local and global cultures.

    Sponsored by the Office of Career and Professional Development

  • God of Diversity: Henry Beecher Hicks, Jr.
    09-22-2021 | 10:00 a.m. | Gabhart Chapel in the Janet Ayers Academic Center

    Rev. Hicks led Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. for 37 years, growing it to become a 6,000-member congregation with more than 60 ministries. Rev. Hicks is the author of five books and was designated by Ebony Magazine as one of “America’s 15 Greatest African American Preachers.”

    Sponsored by The Office of Spiritual Development

  • It Must Be Wednesday: Showcasing Diversity & Multicultural Organizations
    09-22-2021 | 10:00 a.m. | Freedom Plaza

    We will be showcasing diversity and multicultural orgs and offices at our weekly event featuring iced coffee from Frothy Monkey.

    Hosted by Office of Student Engagement

  • Fighting Your Own Thoughts
    09-22-2021 | 10:00 a.m. | Bunch Library Multimedia Room

    Hosted by Counseling Services 

    We are welcoming graduate student DeAnn Whitlow to share a bit of her journey as a woman who has navigated depression through her time as a college athlete and through COVID. She recently wrote her first book this year called "Fighting Your Own Thoughts" where she shares her story and lessons learned on her journey. Come and join us for this conversation!

  • A Conversation with Mary Frances Berry & Dean Alberto R. Gonzales
    09-22-2021 | 10:30 a.m. | Baskin Center Room 202

    LAW STUDENTS EVENT

    RSVP Required *Law Students register on Briefcase, all others email Allison Schaeffer

  • Faculty/Staff Real Talk led by Gary Hunter
    09-22-2021 | 12:00 p.m. | Bunch Multi-Media Room

    FACULTY/STAFF EVENT

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

    Thursday, September 23rd

  • Paletas Party (Mexican popsicles)
    09-23-2021 | 3:00 p.m. | Beaman Patio

    Stop by and grab a paleta from Nashville’s own, Las Paletas!  

    Sponsored by Hispanic Student Association and Welcome Home Diversity Council 

  • TV as a Tool of Education and as a Call to Action: Ava DuVernay's "When They See Us"
    09-23-2021 | 3:15 p.m. | Johnson Center Large Theater (Rm. 115)

    Ava DuVernay's four-part series for Netflix, “When They See Us” (2019), depicts the unjust arrest and incarceration of the Central Park Five and their lives since. Dr. Amy Bertram, a Lecturer in Belmont's Cinema, Television, and Media Department, will lead interactive pre- and post-film discussions based on the series opener and DuVernay's learning tools based on this episode through her outreach organization, Array Now. 

    Sponsored by the College of Entertainment & Music Business.

  • Student Real Talk led by Gary Hunter
    09-23-2021 | 5:00 p.m. | Beaman A&B

    STUDENT ONLY EVENT

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

  • This is How it Sounds: A Call to Song
    | 5:00 p.m. | Curb Café

    What does inclusion sound like? Enjoy a live performance from a diverse group of Belmont student writers and artists. Featuring Grace Elizondo, Cecy Tome, Kay Palla, Trey Strange, Miles Squires, Eleni Iglesias and Karis Meacham.

    Hosted Instructor of Songwriting Jodi Marr and Sponsored by the College of Entertainment & Music Business.

  • What makes you, you?
    09-23-2021 | 5:00 p.m. | Kennedy Hall Lobby

    STUDENT ONLY EVENT

    Help create a mural in the Kennedy Lobby!  Students will draw, write and include things that make you, uniquely YOU!  Together it will create a collage of all the unique qualities that make up our hall & campus. We will have other crafts and things available for students to engage with.

    Sponsored by Residence Life (Kennedy Hall)

  • "The Naked Truth: An American Story in White, Red and Blue" Reception & Artist Talk
    09-23-2021 | 5:00 p.m. | Leu Art Gallery in Bunch Library

    The Watkins College of Art presents an exhibition and artist talk by Nigerian-born, Memphis-based artist Ephraim Urevbu titled "The Naked Truth: An American Story in White, Red and Blue." Urevbu uses his powerful paintings to explore a fractured society, confront personal fears and biases and spark community dialogue around America's deep-rooted issues with racism. Reception from 4-6 p.m. and Artist Talk at 5 p.m.  

    Sponsored by the Watkins College of Art

  • By Design: The Shaping of Nashville’s Public Schools Film
    09-23-2021 | 6:30 p.m. | Johnson Center Large Theater

    Led by the College of Education and the Office of Career & Professional Development

    This event will be a screening of "By Design: The Shaping of Nashville's Public Schools." This film explores key moments in our city's history that led to the school system we know today. The film intends to educate the community in order to jumpstart important solutions-driven conversations on how we can collectively work together to create a just, equitable system where all students thrive in school.

    Download our Action Guide to help you get started.

    https://nashvillepef.org/by-design/

  • From Our World to Yours: Global Music Awards Duo
    09-23-2021 | 7:00 p.m. | Bunch Library Multimedia Room

    Enjoy soothing, sophisticated duets on Chinese and Arabic lutes, improvised by virtuosos Gao Hong on the pipa and Issam Rafea on the oud. Their musical conversations highlight the expressive magic of two instruments that share common roots but are rarely heard together. Since they only play improvisations, no two performances are ever exactly the same, and the Duo often creates instantaneous site-and-audience-specific pieces to describe their immediate feelings and honor their audiences. Their music sounds both ancient and strikingly modern at the same time. The British world-music magazine Songlines called their collaboration “consistently engaging, deeply contemplative, and culturally resonant.” The Duo won two Gold Medals from the Global Music Awards for their “From Our World to Yours” album in 2020. 

    Sponsored by Asian Studies

  • Instagram Live!
    09-23-2021 | 7:00 p.m. | Virtual

    Join us on the @curbcollege Instagram Live for a student-moderated Q&A with RNBW Nashville’s Jamie and Emily Dryburgh to discuss their experience as members of the LGBTQ+ community in the entertainment industry and how we can work together to affect positive change.

    Sponsored by the College of Entertainment & Music Business.

    Friday, September 24th

  • The Narrative that Kills…and Lives
    09-24-2021 | 9:00 a.m. | Johnson Center Large Theater (Rm. 115)

    What role does the entertainment industry play in shaping what we know, see, and believe about ourselves and others? Is there a connection between police shootings, what makes us feel safe, and film, media, and music? Professor Cheryl Carr and guests discuss opportunities for new narratives in the entertainment industry. 

    Sponsored by the College of Entertainment & Music Business.

  • Lament, Rage and the Practice of Solidarity: Dr. Lisa Thompson
    09-24-2021 | 10:00 a.m. | Gabhart Chapel in the Janet Ayers Academic Center

    What is our responsibility as people of faith to lament and walk alongside those who suffer?  Dr. Lisa Thompson, associate professor of Black Homiletics and Liturgics at Vanderbilt Divinity School, will preach an infamous passage in Judges 11 and invite us to consider our place in the midst of tragedy, despair and injustice. 

    Sponsored by University Ministries and the Welcome Home Diversity Council

  • Modern Uses for Traditional Chinese Instruments
    09-24-2021 | 10:00 a.m. | Harton Recital Hall (Massey Performing Arts Center)

    Chinese pipa master and composer Gao Hong will share her knowledge of traditional Chinese instruments through an overview of the history and special characteristics of each instrumental group. She will demonstrate the basics of pipa playing and show the many sounds that can be produced on the instrument to help relay stories through music. She will also share her own journey of using her Chinese pipa in the modern world to build cultural bridges through music. 

    Sponsored by Asian Studies

  • Respecting Diverse Identities
    09-24-2021 | 10:00 a.m. | Johnson Center 119

    Bridge Builders welcomes all in hearing from our diversity panel! Panelists represent various identities within the LGBTQIA+ community and work to educate others on acceptance, respect, and safety.

    Sponsored by Belmont Bridge Builders

  • African-American Music and Musicians in Nashville: A Timeline
    09-24-2021 | 10:00 a.m. | Johnson Center Large Theater (Rm. 115)

    Don Cusic will present a timeline that spans the history of African American music in Nashville. Dr. Cusic is the author of over 30 books, James Weldon Johnson: Songwriter and The Trails of Henry Flipper: First Black Graduate of West Point. As a record producer he has produced a collection of James Weldon Johnson songs on Melinda Doolittle (co-produced with Mike Curb). Cusic has appeared on numerous TV shows, and on NPR. He is Belmont’s Curb Professor of Music Industry History. 

    Sponsored by the College of Entertainment & Music Business.

  • Reporter Roundable – Race, Gender and the Entertainment Industry
    09-24-2021 | 11:00 a.m. | Johnson Center Large Theater (Rm. 115)

    Paige Pfleger, Reporter for WPLN, will moderate a discussion with Rissi Palmer, Host of Color Me Country, and BMI’s Shannon Sanders about race, gender, and the entertainment industry. 

    Sponsored by the College of Entertainment & Music Business.

  • The Asian American Experience through Belmont Eyes
    09-24-2021 | 6:00 p.m. | Massey Business Center 104

    The importance of the Asian American experience has been recognized as a crucial part of the diversity of American culture. This event features a panel of Belmont Asian-American faculty and students sharing their own unique and common experiences navigating their way through the challenges, rewards and promise of creating a flourishing pluralistic community as Americans.

    Sponsored by Asian Studies

  • Lights at the Fountain
    09-24-2021 | 6:30 p.m. | Freedom Plaza Fountain

    A floating candle ceremony, celebrating and memorializing the lives of the enslaved individuals who are known to have labored on the estate owned by Joseph and Adelicia Acklen more than 170 years ago, prior to the establishment of Belmont College.

    Sponsored by Dr. Anthony Blash

  • Movie: In the Heights
    09-24-2021 | 7:30 p.m. | Belmont Lawn

    SAPB will be showing In The Heights on the lawn on our inflatable movie screen! Belmont Community Only-event.