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Belmont University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37212
Phone
(615) 460-6000
School Information
"Consistently recognized as a “Most Innovative” university, Belmont University draws more than 8,700 students who represent every state and more than 28 countries. The campus sits on 93 picturesque acres that are located just two miles from downtown Nashville, Tennessee, a dynamic and vibrant hub for government, healthcare, music, tourism and more. A private, four-year university, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The University’s purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world’s needs" (Source: https://www.belmont.edu/about/index.html). Belmont was founded in 1889. With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, Belmont has 7,150 undergraduate and 1,550 graduate students as well as over 100 undergraduate and over 27 graduate programs.
General Information
Belmont has led numerous initiatives related to anti-racism and DEI, including implementing diversity and anti-racism concepts into several courses, hosting numerous events, and engaging in numerous programs to support diverse campus community members. DEI training is given to faculty, staff, and student leaders. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Belmont has "further developed self-directed learning opportunities for faculty and staff, as well as added opportunities for shared experiences and discussion in areas related to diversity, equity, and inclusion," and furthermore, "faculty and staff participated in 45 Diversity and Inclusion workshops, and student leaders participated in Belmont State of Mind diversity training."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Belmont stated that, "In addition to sponsoring the memorial, the 2020 Faculty Senate also led a number of new and expanded initiatives related to educational efforts around diversity and inclusion, including the creation of a diversity and inclusion resource guide to assist faculty with course development; partnering with the Teaching Center to provide diversity, equity and inclusion workshops; and prompting initiatives to encourage first-year and other courses to discuss and write about racism and anti-racism efforts, among other projects."
  • On June 15, 2020, Belmont's Faculty Senate released a statement saying, "Our faculty commits itself to addressing racism, prejudice, white supremacy, and discrimination. We affirm the need for consistent engagement to ensure that our curriculum, our policies and practices, and our institutional culture support the well-being of students, staff, and faculty who are Black, Indigenous, and all other People of Color. We stand united against racism and pledge to make this work a focus of the Faculty Senate this academic year."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • Belmont has a Faculty Inclusion and Diversity Education Committee which is defined as "a sub-committee of faculty senate and the University Staff Affairs Council (USAC) to understand how to better engage faculty and staff in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives."
Program and Research Funding
  • The school raised nearly $30,000 as part of an initiative set by the Faculty Senate in July of 2020 in order to build a monument to symbolize "the relationship between the land on which Belmont sits - along with all the institutions that have been on it - to the practices of slavery, white supremacy, and racism."
  • Belmont announced that the school "awarded a faculty member a one-year membership to the National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development."
  • Belmont continued their "support of scholarship programs designed to recruit diverse students to Belmont."
  • Belmont has a Diversity Fellows Program which is a program that "provides a two-year, comprehensive, university-level teaching and research experience with a Belmont faculty member mentor to members of under-represented groups that have recently completed their terminal degree."
  • Belmont states that its Scholar-In-Residence Program, which began in 2016, " brings diverse scholars– deans, senior administrators, presidents, or other scholars– whose lives and careers serve as an inspiration to underrepresented students."
Resources
  • Belmont has a Welcome Home Diversity Council which "meets regularly to support Belmont's diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and serves in an advisory capacity to senior leadership."
  • The university has "extended the reach of the WHDC by establishing dedicated sub-committees to focus on each core diversity strategy: Communication, Access and Success, Diversity Education and Campus and Community Engagement."
  • Belmont has "expanded and strengthened all diversity programming, providing opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to be involved, learn, and participate in a more extensive lineup of events, speakers, and panelists than in previous years, including "Belmont’s Diversity Week - An initiative of the WHDC now in its 6th year, and the Curb College’s annual 'Minding the Gap' Diversity in Entertainment Symposium."
  • Belmont has created a Diversity and Inclusion Resource Guide, which includes Ibram X. Kendi's Anti-Racist Reading List as well as his book, "How to Be an Anti-Racist."
Symbolic Actions
  • On July 9, 2021, Belmont highlighted faculty who presented talks discussing "structural racism" and related topics at the American Association of Clinical Pharmacy.
  • On March 25, 2021, Belmont's faculty "hosted an Anti-Asian racism roundtable."
  • Belmont announced that "amidst the national conversation about racial justice and equity, the University held more than twenty listening sessions with students, faculty, staff, and alumni to determine how Belmont could further demonstrate its commitment to be a welcoming and inclusive campus that loves and values every individual."
  • Belmont announced that the school "held a workshop with Sodexo’s Global Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility Dr. Rohini Anand covering workforce trends and the importance of diversity in higher education."
  • Belmont states that it has "partnered with Sodexo for a Diversity Summit for key campus leaders."
  • Belmont states that "each year, there is a breakfast and update meeting sponsored by the University to update diverse faculty of the progress made on campus to improve DEI."
  • On June 1, 2020, Belmont released a statement saying, "Recent events, including the horrific strangling of George Floyd, have troubled me for the past several days and stirred in me a desire to affirm what we believe at Belmont."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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