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Community Relations

Belmont's Office of Community Relations

The Office seeks to identify and cultivate alliances with neighborhoods, community groups, nonprofits and governmental authorities in Nashville to increase the effectiveness of Belmont’s outreach and service initiatives.

  • To sign up for monthly email updates from the Office of Community Relations, click here.
  • For a drafted version of Belmont's Institutional Overlay Master Development Plan, click here. Highlighted text is new, while the remainder of the document is original to the 2005 plan that remains in effect.

Office initiatives include:

The Belmont Engagement and Service Team: An effort to consistently improve the effectiveness of Belmont's engagement with the Nashville community by:

  • Sharing information, experiences and practices related to community engagement
  • Working as equal partners with community groups, partnerships and collaborations to improve community quality of life, while enhancing the Belmont student experience
  • Thinking strategically about community capacity building

The Neighborhood Advisory Group: The Belmont University Neighborhood Advisory Group was formally established by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County in 2005 as part of the passage of BL 2005-555, an ordinance establishing the Belmont University Institutional Overlay Zoning. The advisory group works with the neighborhood, Belmont University, and Metropolitan Planning staff on issues associated with implementing the institutional overlay and its’ associated Master Development Plan.

The membership of the Advisory Group was expanded in 2007 by action of Metro Government to further inform the operation and oversight of the Lease Agreement between Belmont University and the Metropolitan Department of Parks and Recreation. 


E.S. Rose Scholarship Zoom Information Session

Thursday, 11/19/20 at 3 p.m.

MNPS graduating seniors living in the 17th , 19th or parts of the 18th Metro Council districts may be eligible to receive a full or part-time E.S. Rose Scholarship. Get all of your questions answered at a Zoom Information Session on November 19th at 3 pm. Join the session here.
Meeting ID: 894 3540 1426. Passcode: 351004. 
Join by phone at:  +1 312 626 6799. 

More information on the E.S. Rose Scholarships can be found here.


Construction Update

Compton Avenue will be closed from 15th to new Bernard on the dates and times below.

Tuesday, 9/15/20: 6 a.m.-12 p.m.

Wednesday, 9/16/20 : 6 a.m.-12 p.m.

Friday, 9/18/20: 6 a.m. -12 p.m.  

Saturday, 9/19/20: back-up date for Friday

Monday (9/21/20 ) - Saturday (9/26/20)


Belmont Presidential Debate Essay Contest

In conjunction with the final Presidential Debate being hosted by Belmont University, middle school and high school students enrolled in Metro Nashville Public Schools were invited to enter the Presidential Debate Essay Contest. First place winning essays were published in the Tennessean, and winners were also invited to provide a video of themselves reading their essays or excerpts to share publicly. Winners also had the opportunity for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Belmont Presidential Debate grounds, in addition to receiving monetary prizes.

See the Winners


Upcoming Campus Events:

Day, Date, Time

Name of School

Anticipated Attendance

Thursday, 5/16: 9:30 a.m.

LEAD Academy Signing Day


Friday, 5/17: 6:00 p.m.

LEAD Graduation


Saturday, 5/18: 10:00 a.m.

Father Ryan Graduation


Saturday, 5/18: 6:00 p.m.

Maplewood Graduation


Sunday, 5/19: 2:00 p.m.

East Nashville Graduation


Saturday, 5/25: 10:00 a.m.

Ravenwood Graduation


Recent Activities:

The Store Paisleys’ The Store Opens Early, Offers Aid to Elderly During Coronavirus Concerns
Due to the work of many dedicated volunteers, staff, partners and donors, The Store on Belmont’s campus opened earlier than anticipated. The nonprofit, started by Belmont alumnus Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams Paisley, is now able to serve the needs of the Nashville community beyond the initial scope of its original mission, providing aid to elderly clients impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Read more by visiting Belmont News.


Belmont Hosts Annual Metro Council Minority Caucus Reception

On Monday, February 24, Belmont University hosted the annual Metro Council Minority Caucus Reception held on campus. Belmont University President Dr. Bob Fisher and Nashville Mayor John Cooper shared a few words to begin. Attendees were eager to hear from many distinguished speakers, including keynote speaker Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba from Jackson, Mississippi.

Read more by visiting Belmont News.



Belmont Helps Nashville Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Negro Leagues

On February 29, a collaboration of local groups and individuals came together with the community to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro Baseball League in 1920, which was home to a local team, and the unveiling of a historical plaque of players who were Nashvillians at the E.S. Rose Park Baseball Pavilion.

Read more by visiting Belmont News.