Belmont’s Commitment to Equality
Recent events serve to remind us yet again that the battle against racism, injustice and inhumanity rages on. The hurt, fear and anger suffered by people of color—including our students of color—requires us to acknowledge the state of our society and actively engage as change agents.
We affirm that the subjects of racism, bigotry, hate and violence are not ones we ignore. Representatives of our students, faculty and staff consistently meet throughout the year to advance initiatives designed to combat such forces through scholarship, service, dialogue, training, mentorship and community-building. And we are far from done in our efforts.
In light of current events, in the coming week, members of Belmont’s Welcome Home Diversity Council and the Office of Multicultural Learning & Experience will be meeting virtually with the Executive Leadership of the University’s Black Student Association. The purpose of this meeting is for our student leaders to speak directly to us about what they are feeling in this moment, what they are experiencing out in the world, and what they need from their University. And for us to listen, so that together we can best determine our next steps as a campus community.
This meeting will be the first of many listening sessions that will take place this summer, in consultation with our president, Dr. Fisher. It is our hope that this series will galvanize our ongoing work of building a diverse and inclusive campus where all members feel accepted, safe and valued.
More information on these sessions will be announced soon, and we encourage you as our newest community members to participate so that your voices may be heard and so that you may join in our work.
Dr. Susan West
Vice President/Chief of Staff & Chair, Welcome Home Diversity Council
Dr. Mary Clark
Assistant Dean of Students & Director, Bridges to Belmont