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Belmont University Diversity Week: Alumni Opportunities

Belmont University Diversity Week: Alumni Opportunities

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Update

09-21-2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Virtual Event

Join the Welcome Home Diversity Council for an update on progress made toward diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives this year, specifically following up from the listening sessions earlier this summer. Members of the council will share updates and will be followed by a time of question and response.

Quit Spilling the Tea: Let’s Talk

09-21-2020 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Virtual Event

Join us for an honest and real talk about race and how we can have more constructive and civil conversations about racism and racial injustice and it’s impact on our. We will be joined by Dr. Syb Brown, Dr. Doug Crews, Dr. Layla Bonner, and Dr. David Latimore.

The Role of Black Women and the Suffrage Movement

09-21-2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Virtual Event

Two short documentaries will be shown in regard to the other side of the women’s suffrage movement. Specifically the role and the contributions black women made to the movement, and its significance in our lives today. Dr. Clark will lead a discussion before and after the showing of the documentaries. This is sponsored by HOPE Council & the Office of Multicultural Learning and Experience and will be facilitated by Dr. Mary Clark.

Sports and Social Justice Panel

09-21-2020 | Virtual Event

WELL Core Chapel - Dr. Drew Hart (co-sponsored by Welcome Home Diversity Council, Office of Multi-Cultural Learning and Engagement, Debate Programming)

09-22-2020 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm | Virtual Event

Drew G.I. Hart, a pastor and professor of theology, has become a national leader in anti-racism education, with a focus on how white supremacy is entangled with western Christianity. In his latest book, Who Will Be a Witness?: Igniting Activism for God’s Justice, Love, and Deliverance (September 2020), his hope is for all of us to “strive for the flourishing of all people by doing justice and the things that make for peace…We identify and stand with those that Jesus did in his own day. We gladly link arms with those that are impoverished, vulnerable, oppressed, and marginalized.” He challenges all of us to meaningful engagement across party lines, so that we move from political divisiveness to God-empowered love for all.

Rock the Vote at Belmont University: Nashville’s Colleges Celebrate Democracy

09-22-2020 | Virtual Event

In collaboration with Rock the Vote, Belmont’s Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business is hosting a virtual event featuring performances from Belmont and other area universities, along with voter registration information and promotion.

Culture Care with Renowned Painter Makoto Fujimura

09-23-2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Virtual Event

Culture Care is an alternative to the “culture wars” that have characterized politics in recent decades. It is a philosophy born of Makoto Fujimura’s art and Christian faith that offers the creation and conservation of beauty as an antidote to cultural and political brokenness. Fujimura is a Japanese-American painter and artist and was a presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003-2009. He is one of the premier living abstract painters, and his works have been exhibited on four continents.

Should I Change My Name? Artist Names in an Era of Racial Unrest

09-23-2020 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Virtual Event

This event is part of the Minding the Gap: A Diversity in the Entertainment Industry Symposium.

Moderator: Prof. Cheryl Carr, Belmont, Curb College

Simon Tam is an author, musician, activist, and self-proclaimed troublemaker. Best known as the founder and bassist of The Slants, the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock band. In 2017, he won a landmark case at the U.S Supreme Court, unanimously, helping to expand civil liberties for marginalized groups. His work has been highlighted in over 3,000 media features across over 150 countries, including Rolling Stone, TIME, NPR, BBC and the New York Times. This discussion with Simon provides an introduction to the Supreme Court case and examines just how controversial a band name can be, and why it matters.

Continuing the Conversation: Seeking Racial Justice in the Local Church

09-24-2020 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Virtual Event

Join us for a conversation on the church's role in seeking racial reconciliation and justice. We will have an engaging conversation with local pastors from a diversity of congregations and explore in depth how they see racism impacting their communities and what they are doing to respond to racism in the church and society as a whole. This event is a partnership between University Ministries and the Charlie Curb Center for Faith Leadership.

Black Female Filmmakers: The Power of Film to Create Empathy

09-25-2020 | 9:00 am - 9:50 am | Virtual Event

This event is part of the Minding the Gap: A Diversity in the Entertainment Industry Symposium.

Moderator: Dr. Amy Bertram, Belmont, Curb College

Black women in film have unique stories to tell, and ways to tell them. These panelists discuss their experiences and expertise. Confirmed participants include: Roxane Pajoul is an Assistant Professor of French at Tennessee State University. Her scholarly interests surround Taboo Topics (the perception of non-heteronormative sexualities in the Francophone Caribbean, mixed-race couples, and race relations in France); Women and Gender Studies, particularly the representation of women in the media; and research interests pertaining to Black France; Kayla Young, Researcher, The Kelly Clarkson Show and alumna, Belmont University Motion Pictures program; Mdme Fatou-Niang, Filmmaker and professor at Carnegie Mellon.
The Foundation: African American Recordings from Nashville: 1946-1970

09-25-2020 | 10:00 am - 10:50 am | Virtual Event

This event is part of the Minding the Gap: A Diversity in the Entertainment Industry Symposium.

Speaker: Dr. Don Cusic

This seminar provides a look inside the rich world of Nashville’s history of African American music and tells a little-known story as chronicled and told by Dr. Don Cusic, music historian, composer, and author of over 30 books on American music.
Racing Toward Equity

09-25-2020 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am | Virtual Event

This session will discuss and explore the connections between racial bias, prevention and equity. The aim is to gain a greater understanding of how racial bias, blind spots and cultural competence show up in prevention work and creating messages that improve efficacy and acceptance in communities of color.
The Black Music Action Coalition: Moving Toward Diversity and Advancement for Blacks in Entertainment

09-25-2020 | 11:00 - 11:50 am | Virtual Event

This event is part of the Minding the Gap: A Diversity in the Entertainment Industry Symposium.

Moderator: Prof. Eric Holt, Belmont, Curb College

Explore the status of trailblazing initiatives by the Black Music Action Coalition and other industry groups to encourage diversity in entertainment and to create awareness of the disparities and possible solutions associated with minority representation, management, and ownership in the entertainment industry.
One Vote Won: Opera Watch & Talk-Back

09-25-2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Virtual Event

This event is part of the Minding the Gap: A Diversity in the Entertainment Industry Symposium.

As Belmont University prepares to host the 2020 Presidential debates, watch this World Premiere opera about an African American woman’s story of voting. Produced by the Nashville Opera Company, composed by Dave Ragland, and directed by John Hoomes, Artistic Director of the Nashville Opera. The streamed opera runs 35 minutes, followed by a live talk-back discussion.
The Role of Faith and Racial Justice in the Entertainment Industry

09-25-2020 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Virtual Event

This event is part of the Minding the Gap: A Diversity in the Entertainment Industry Symposium.

Join E.J. Gaines, Co-Executive Director of Motown Gospel and Vice President of Marketing, Capitol Christian Music Group, Stellar Award Winner Janice Gaines, Gospel Recording Artist; and Michelle Duffie, D3 Entertainment Group as they discuss the intersection of faith and racial justice in the entertainment industry.
The Value of the Vote: Pressing for Freedom

09-25-2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Virtual Event

This event is part of the Minding the Gap: A Diversity in the Entertainment Industry Symposium.

Moderator: Marissa Avnaim, Belmont, Senior Journalism major

The panelists will discuss what this Election means as Belmont prepares to host its second Presidential Debate. This session is offered in partnership with the Nashville chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. Confirmed participants include: Ameshia Cross, Produce & Host, “Cross Point, “Sinclair Broadcast Group; Retired Veteran Gannett Tennesseean Columnist, Dwight Lewis.

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