Within the Office of Identity and Inclusion are two administrative positions ─ the Assistant Vice-President for Student Affairs and the Director of Identity and Inclusion. The Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Student Affairs provides leadership for campus-wide inclusion efforts in order to progress and strategically enhance awareness and education around issues of inclusivity. The AVP also provides oversight and leadership for several functional areas including identity and inclusion and serves as Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
The Director of Identity and Inclusion coordinates programs which educate the campus and the greater community about the many cultures and identities represented at Bellarmine. The Director is responsible for the coordination and implementation of a variety of educational programs and services designed to ensure the developmental and academic success of Bellarmine University’s intercultural student population. The Director is responsible for the development and implementation of monthly heritage celebrations i.e. Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month & LGBTQ pride and awareness events. The Director also is responsible for developing community partnerships and coordinating larger campus programs such as the Dialogue on Diversity Annual Conference and monthly Bellarmine dialogue series.
Educational programs are offered on a monthly basis to ensure students have ample opportunities to engage in endeavors throughout their undergraduate and graduate experiences that encourage an examination of various dimensions of diversity. Co-curricular activities such as speakers, documentaries, and plays require students to think reflectively and deeply about their opinions and worldviews, thereby increasing the likelihood that they will develop the requisite skills needed to exist in an interdependent and global community.
Staff and Faculty Initiatives
The Office of Identity and Inclusion and the Counseling Center facilitate a two-hour workshop for staff which focuses on diversity-related issues such as the role and importance of diversity in the workplace and the meaning and impact of privilege. The objective of this workshop is to provide an opportunity for employees to engage in a critical dialogue that broadens and deepens their understanding of diversity on a personal and organizational level. Another program available to staff and faculty is Dialogue on Diversity, a monthly series where researchers, representatives from community organizations and Bellarmine faculty and staff share their expertise in areas related to diversity.
The Office of Identity and Inclusion is committed to establishing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with external stakeholders in the Louisville community that support the mission of Bellarmine University. To this end, the Office of Identity and Inclusion has created partnerships with several organizations such as The Catholic Enrichment Center, Nativity Academy, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Brown Foreman Corporation, Spalding University, University of Louisville, Arthur Waters Bridge Builders Project, and Adelante! Hispanic Achievers. The objective of these partnerships is to identify ways to combine resources and services in a manner that will benefit the various constituencies who utilize our services and programs, thereby creating a borderless existence between Bellarmine University and the Louisville community.