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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Jack C. Massey College of Business

Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at the Massey College of Business

Belmont University is a student-centered Christian community providing an academically challenging education that empowers men and women of diverse background to engage and transform the world with disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage and faith.

Two women hugging outside in freedom plazaThe Welcome Home Diversity Council, Belmont's interdisciplinary council, is devoted to diversity and inclusion efforts across campus and is focused on enhancing and embedding a culture of inclusive excellence, meeting community members where they are. To facilitate this important work, the Council landed on a new, overarching tagline, the Belmont State of Mind: Initiative for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This tagline houses all of the Council's diversity and inclusion initiatives, while featuring other on campus events that are focused on similar outcomes (i.e. diversity and inclusion).

The Belmont State of Mind is inclusive, it's celebratory, it's open-minded and welcoming, it's transparent and honors differences, it challenges ideals and encourages dialogue—these major tenets of the Belmont community have always been in place, the Council is eager to bring them to the forefront. The WHDC is excited to devote its time, effort and resources to recognizing, publicizing and celebrating the Belmont State of Mind throughout campus and encouraging all members of the Belmont community to do the same.

Belmont's definition of diversity is as follows:
"We are all created in the image of God, living as Christ’s body on earth with respect to differences that include, but are not limited to, ethnicity, gender identity, race and sexual orientation. The institutional definition of diversity at Belmont is consistent with our mission to engage and transform the world with disciplined intelligence, courage and faith. Our words and actions toward everyone must be embodied with respect, dignity and compassion."