Testimonials from Faculty and Staff
Director of Multicultural Affairs & International Student Counselor
From my perspective, the ability to understand and appreciate the diverse perspectives, experiences, and beliefs of others is essential. It’s essential not only in today’s global workplaces but more importantly its essential to fully connect and have meaningful relationships with others throughout a person’s lifetime. When an open and supportive community is created, then people usually feel more free to express themselves and also to learn about the perspectives and experiences of others. This is why we strive to create an inclusive and celebratory campus community where students, staff and faculty of all backgrounds are affirmed and nurtured.
This type of community is being developed at Bellarmine through the numerous educational programs offered such as guest speakers, documentaries, diversity trainings and discussions, and musical and theatre performances, just to name a few. Staff and faculty are offered opportunities to explore diversity on a personal and organizational level through workshops and presentations. Our partners in Louisville are connected to students to enhance the learning experiences of students and to get them connected to the city. Students, faculty and staff are also supported in overcoming obstacles to gaining a better understanding of diversity through individual advising.
Gaining the multicultural skills to effectively interact with the diverse people within our families, cities and world is a lifelong process. Bellarmine offers numerous opportunities to greatly enhance this process and skills and we encourage everyone to take advantage of these opportunities during their time at Bellarmine.
Dr. Chavarria, Carlos
Diversity is very important for me here at Bellarmine University. As the Theatre Program Director, I’m always looking forward to enhance our program with students from diverse backgrounds. I have cast international students in many different plays as well as minority students who have shown acting talent. A diverse student population at Bellarmine enhances the Theatre Program by allowing us to produce bilingual plays or plays in other languages, something I hope to achieve in the future. The more diverse students we have in our campus, the more diverse our production will become.
Dr. Melanie Prejean Sullivan
Director of Campus Ministry
Bellarmine University and the Office of Campus Ministry recognize diversity as one of the clearest fingerprints of God. That is, the fact that we humans look and think differently, that we express ourselves in language, art, and music so differently, and that the world is filled with such wonderfully diverse flowers, trees, colors, and terrain suggest that God LOVES variety. As people of faith, we are called to follow in God’s ways. So, whenever or wherever we can witness and celebrate our differences, it is actually a celebration of our oneness- special images of one God who loves us in our diversity.
From my professional perspective, I find diversity of faith on our campus a most delightful gift to my ministry. There is nothing quite as inspiring as listening to students as they share their understanding of their respective scriptures, interpretations, liturgies, and prayer. When a Jew and Mormon compare notes about the Creation story; when a Catholic and a Cooperative Baptist compare notes about women’s ordination; and when a Methodist, Orthodox Christian and a Hindu compare notes about the afterlife or redemption, they share their experiences of God and understandings of theologies which enrich each of them and our whole community.