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The HUB: Office of Hope, Unity & Belonging

Opportunities for Understanding

Learn more about the various challenges that affect and often times inhibit our pursuit of inclusive excellence.

Talk About Bias PDF

Systematic Racism Explained Video

  • Definition: “Making excellence inclusive is thus an active process through which colleges and universities achieve excellence in learning, teaching, student development, institutional functioning, and engagement in local and global communities.”
  • “A high-quality, practical liberal education should be the standard of excellence for all students. The action of making excellence inclusive requires that we uncover inequities in student success, identify effective educational practices, and build such practices organically for sustained institutional change.”

As defined by American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC & U)

  • Be mindful
  • Person first language
  • Understand that you may not always have the answer but you do have resources that can help you
  • You are not in this alone
  • It is okay to not know what to do
  • Acknowledge your own biases & work to minimize/eliminate them
  • Take time to listen
  • Take time to tell your story or part of it
  • Be open to learning and be willing to teach – in and out of the classroom.
  • Understand that if we follow the foundational values of the institution, inclusive excellence is woven throughout that fabric of your community.
Two African American women shouting excitedly

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

Belmont University is an institutional member of the NCFDD. Faculty members and academic professionals from all levels have exclusive access to their expansive online resources, including an array of webinars, resources, and programs.

Opportunities for Learning

Below is an ongoing and evolving list of resources that address the topics of cultural awareness, cultural competence and diversity, equity & inclusion.

  • Dr. Shaun Harper
  • Dr. Tim Elmore
  • Dr. S.D. Museus
  • Dr. Mary F. Howard-Hamilton
  • Dr. Estela Mara Bensimon
  • Dr. George Kuh
  • Dr. Stephen John Quaye
  • Dr. Alma Clayton-Pederson
  • Dr. Damon A. Williams