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Diversity Week Events

Join us for Diversity Week 2020, September 21-25

    Diversity Week 2019 Events

  • Diversity in Christ: Dr. Christina Edmondson
    09-23-2019 | 10 a.m. | Janet Ayers Academic Center Chapel

    CHRISTINA EDMONDSON is Dean for Intercultural Student Development at Calvin College. She has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, an M.S. in Family Therapy and a B.A. in Sociology. She works with universities to expand intentional intercultural connections.

    Co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences and the Faculty Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Committee

    *Convocation credit will be provided.*

  • Respecting Diverse Identities - A Bridge Builders Panel
    09-23-2019 | 10 a.m. | Johnson 326
  • Diversity in Higher Education – Dr. Christina Edmondson
    09-24-2019 | 3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. | Frist Lecture Hall

    Dr. Edmondson will discuss the critical role that university students play in the development of meaningful and intentional intercultural interactions within a global society.

    *Convocation credit will be provided.*

  • Real Talks: Students
    09-24-2019 | 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. | Johnson Center, Room 422

    This event will provide an opportunity for student participants to engage in a ‘real talk’ regarding diversity and inclusion efforts on Belmont’s campus and offers the chance to discuss important issues honestly and authentically.

    *Convocation credit will be provided.*

  • Breaking Old Rhythms: Amena Brown
    09-25-2019 | 10 a.m. | Janet Ayers Academic Center Chapel

    AMENA BROWN is a faith-inspired force in the world of spoken word poetry. She has released five albums, two books and been featured at the National Poetry Slam and the Creativity World Forum. 

    Co-sponsored by the Welcome Home Diversity Council

    *Convocation credit will be provided.*

  • Cultural Dialogue or Polarization? Engaging Difference in Multicultural Settings – Dr. Christina Edmondson
    09-25-2019 | 10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. | LCVA 117

    Dr. Edmondson will share insights on cultural intelligence, an essential skill for effective engagement in an increasingly multicultural global community.

    *Convocation credit will be provided.*

  • Lifting up Marginalized Voices Through Art: Amena Brown
    09-25-2019 | 3 p.m. | Bunch Multi-Media Room (Library)

    Amena Brown, Spoken Word artist and poet, will share about how she uses her work as an avenue for advocacy. Through her art and speaking opportunities she finds ways to lift up the voices of those who do not or cannot have a voice of their own. Her words will inspire us to think about how our own work and art can do the same.

    *Convocation credit will be provided.*

  • The Ability Exhibit
    09-25-2019 | Gabhart Student Center Lobby

    September 25-27

    The Ability Exhibit is a traveling exhibit designed to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities through respect for others, comfort during interactions, and awareness of disability issues. Using a multimedia approach, the exhibit offers suggestions for becoming disability allies and educators.

  • Ability Workshop
    09-26-2019 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Harrington Place Dining – Private Dining RoomRegister

    A lunch & learn for faculty & staff facilitated by Dr. Christine Luebbert of Saint Louis University.

    All workshop attendees must RSVP to reserve their spot. Follow the registration link above.

  • Real Talk (Faculty & Staff)
    09-26-2019 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Massey Board Room

    This event will provide an opportunity for faculty and staff participants to engage in a ‘real talk’ regarding diversity and inclusion efforts on Belmont’s campus, and offers the chance to discuss important issues honestly and authentically.

  • Movie Night with Q&A “The Farewell”
    09-26-2019 | 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Johnson Center Theatre

    *Convocation credit will be provided.*

  • Minding the Gap: A Diversity in Entertainment Symposium
    09-27-2019 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Inman 4th Floor

    Sponsored by the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business

    9-9:50 a.m.: The Rise of an Urban Music Scene in Nashville
    Moderator: Dr. Eric Holt, assistant professor of music business, Belmont University
    Confirmed Panelists:
    D’Llisha Davis, 2L’s On A Cloud, Owner, Editor
    Ron Gilmore, Dreamville Producer
    Shannon Sanders, Program Director, 102.1FM The Ville
    Phil Thornton, Senior Vice President, RCA Inspirational
    Tim Gent, Hip-Hop Artist
    *Convo credit provided*

    10-10:50 a.m.: Who’s in the Room Where It Happens? A Look at Women in the Music Industry
    Interviewer: Dr. Cheryl Carr, associate dean of the Curb College
    Jackie Patillo, Gospel Music Association president and executive director
    *Convo credit provided*

    11-11:50 a.m.: It’s a Great Big Entertainment World: Creative Diversity in Operas, Museums & Nonprofit Arts
    Moderator: Lea Maitlen, Nashville Opera Company director of marketing
    Confirmed Panelists:
    Dr. Dina Bennett, National Museum of African American Music curatorial director
    Brian Sexton, Creatives Day founder and CEO
    Jill McMillan, Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville executive director
    *Convo credit provided*

    1:30-2:20 p.m.: JetSet and the News—Leveraging Diversity in the Digital Age
    Moderator: Dr. Sybril Brown, professor of media studies, Belmont University
    Confirmed Panelists:
    Jeannette Ceja, entrepreneur and travel reporter
    Grover Murrell, WZTV-TV assignment manager
    *Convo credit provided*

    2:30-3:20 p.m.: The Sound of Inclusion
    Musical performances by Jason Eskridge, Jamiah, Ysa Fernandez and Alejandro Sierra

    3:30-4:20 p.m.: Film Narratives for a Progressive Future
    Moderator: Dr. Amy Bertram, lecturer of motion pictures, Belmont University
    Confirmed Panelists:
    Hazel Joyner-Smith, International Black Film Festival (IBFF) founder/CEO
    Ingrid Brown, IBFF co-founder
    Ivey Smith, IBFF
    Dr. Haerin Shin, assistant professor of English, Vanderbilt University
    *Convo credit provided*

  • Finding Beauty in All
    09-27-2019 | 10 a.m. | Janet Ayers Academic Center Chapel

    L’Arche Mobile is one of the many L’Arche Communities Worldwide.  L’Arche is an international federation of communities in which people with an intellectual disability and those who help them can live, work, and share their lives together.  Each year, members of L’Arche Mobile visit campus to build community and awareness.

    *Convocation credit will be provided.*

  • Student Panel- Diversity & Inclusion From Our Students’ Perspectives
    09-27-2019 | 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Massey Board Room

    Sponsored by the Teaching Center – RSVP required

  • The Teaching Center Lunch Discussion: Student Panel- Diversity & Inclusion From Our Students’ Perspectives
    09-27-2019 | 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Massey Board RoomRegister

    RSVP required. Please follow the registration link above.

  • Crumbs from the Table of Joy by Lynn Nottage: Featuring Phaedra McDowell
    09-20-2019 | Black Box Theatre

    The play takes place in Brooklyn in 1950. An African- American man, Godfrey Crump, grieving over his wife's death, finds new meaning in religion. He moves his family, Ernestine, a 17-year-old and Ermina, 15 years old, from Florida to Brooklyn. Their Aunt Lily espouses Communist sentiments and Godfrey's new wife is not only a white woman, but German.


    GA - $10, Faculty/Staff/Alumni - $5, Belmont Students - Free

    Friday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m.

    Saturday, September 21 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

    Sunday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.

    Thursday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m.

    Friday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m.

    Saturday, September 28 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

  • The Colour of Music Festival “Petit” Nashville Debut
    11-06-2019 | Multiple Locations

    The Petit festival will present in many noted venues throughout the City of Nashville including the Harton Recital Hall at Belmont University.

    *Convocation credit will be provided.*