Events and Programs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs offers educational programs for students, faculty and staff such as guest speakers, diversity trainings, documentary screenings, theatrical and musical performances, and discussions on various cultural topics, just to name a few.

Below is a list of upcoming OMA events and programs as well as examples of our past activities. 

If you have a question about an upcoming event please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Hannah Clayborne (hclayborne@bellarmine.edu) or Mr. Ryan Simpson (rsimpson@bellarmine.edu).

Fall 2014 Programs

OMA Welcome Reception
As we embark on a new academic year, the Office of Multicultural affairs invites faculty, staff, and students of color, and allies to take part in a Welcome Reception on Wednesday, August 27th at 4:30pm in Hilary’s in Horrigan Hall. In addition to the delicious food, attendees can enjoy meeting new students, faculty and staff and reconnect with those returning to Bellarmine for another year.

No RSVP needed. However, if you have questions, please contact Mr. Ryan Simpson.

Date: Wednesday, August 27th
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Location: Hilary’s in Horrigan Hall

Dialogue on Diversity Series: Diversity - A Personal View
Dialogue on Diversity is a monthly program for faculty and staff only that examines the different aspects of diversity. This month’s presenter is Mr. John Asher, Vice President of Racing Communications at Churchill Downs and he’ll be speaking about diversity from his perspective.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr. Hannah Clayborne.

Date: Wednesday, September 3
Time: Noon – 1pm
Location: Fireplace room in Horrigan Hall

OMA Welcome Back!
Join OMA and returning Bellarmine students at the OMA Welcome Back Lunch! Our gracious host for the day is accounting professor Pat Carver. There will be no shortage of delicious food, so don’t miss out on this welcome back tradition.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr. Hannah Clayborne.

Date: Saturday, September 6
Time: 11:30am – 1:30am
Location: Prof. Pat Carver’s home

Service Project – Adelante Hispanic Achievers
For Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month we will be volunteering with one of our community partners, Adelante Hispanic Achievers, to help them with one of their annual orientation event. As a part of this project we will learn more about this great organization and the services they provide to students, families and the community.

Those who are interested in participating should sign up with Ryan Simpson by 5pm on Thursday, 11. Carpooling will be arranged if needed.

Date: Saturday, September 13
Time: 10:30am-3pm
Location: Adelante Hispanic Achievers

Safe Zone Training
Safe Zone is a program implemented at various colleges and universities across the country. It is designed to educate the community about personal, sociological and political issues faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning people. Through education and advocacy, Safe Zone strives to foster a safe, affirming, and socially just environment for the LGBT community.

People who have completed the Safe Zone Training program and have committed to serving as an ally receive a Safe Zone sticker that can be placed on doors, walls, etc. This then identifies the ally to LGBTQ individuals or other allies.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Ryan Simpson. (Co-sponsored by the Counseling Center)

Date: Thursday, September 18
Time: 3-5pm
Location: Fireplace room in Horrigan Hall

Guatemala Trip Information Session
The annual Guatemala trip is a life changing experience for most of the students, faculty, staff and community members who have participated at one time or another over the past 19 years. The individuals who go on this trip provide basic services for the poor, oppressed, and neglected in Guatemala with the hopes of improving their conditions. However, it is the individuals who participate in this trip who gain the most from the experience as they learn about the history and people of Guatemala, their role in contributing to global poverty, and how they can change their lives to help improve the human condition of those throughout the world.

To learn more about this trip and the application process be sure to attend the information session for the 2015 trip.

Date: Tuesday, September 23
Time: 8pm
Location: Fireplace Room

Community Conversation
People often avoid talking about topics such as race, ethnicity, gender, language and sexual orientation as they don’t know where to begin the discussion. In this group conversation OMA will help start the discussion through using questions submitted by the Bellarmine community. This month’s discussion will focus on how the Spanish language is tied to identity, some history of Latinos’ in the U.S., those who experience “third culture” and other topics. Through this program participants will have discussions they may have longed for, but have been afraid to start on their own.

For more information please contact Ryan Simpson.

Date: Thursday, September 25
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Fireplace Room in Horrigan Hall

Dialogue on Diversity Series: Social Class and Higher Education – Implications for Faculty, Staff, and Student Achievement
Dialogue on Diversity is a monthly program for faculty and staff only that examines the different aspects of diversity. This month’s presenter is Ms. Jennifer Copeland-Englert, Master Advisor at Jefferson Community and Technical College.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr. Hannah Clayborne.

Date: Wednesday, October 1
Time: Noon – 1pm
Location: Fireplace room in Horrigan Hall

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis, is made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music today. The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for Jazz through performance, education and advocacy. JALC believes Jazz is a metaphor for Democracy. Because jazz is improvisational, it celebrates personal freedom and encourages individual expression. Because jazz is swinging, it dedicates that freedom to finding and maintaining common ground with others. Because jazz is rooted in the blues, it inspires us to face adversity with persistent optimism.

Space is limited. If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr. Hannah Clayborne.

Date: Wednesday, October 1
Time: 8pm-10pm
Location: Kentucky Performing Arts Center

Community Conversation
People often avoid talking about topics such as race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation as they don’t know where to begin the discussion. In this group conversation OMA will help start the discussion through using questions submitted by the Bellarmine community. As this program will take place during LGBTQ History Month, the discussion will focus on LGBTQ topics. Through this program participants will have discussions they may have longed for, but have been afraid to start on their own.

For more information please contact Ryan Simpson.

Date: Thursday, October 16
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Fireplace Room in Horrigan Hall

Civil Rights Tour of Louisville
Join fellow students as they take a tour of historic civil rights landmarks in Louisville. Participants will be led by Mr. Ira Grupper an instructor at BU and local civil rights activist who knows US and Louisville civil rights history first hand.

Space is limited so be sure to reserve a spot on the bus with Ryan Simpson as soon as possible.

Date: Saturday, October 18
Time: 8:45am – 3pm
Location: Departing from the Franciscan Circle

Dialogue on Diversity Campus Speakers:

Dr. Damon A. Williams is Senior Vice President, Chief Educational and Youth Development Officer at The Boys and Girls Clubs of America. As educator, consultant, and speaker to more than 300 institutions worldwide, he is widely considered one of the nation’s most dynamic social sector leaders, with experience in higher education, non-profit, and K-12 innovation. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on educational achievement, inclusive excellence, and chief diversity officers. He recently published "Strategic Diversity Leadership: Activating Change and Transformation in Higher Education," a ground breaking book focused on the strategic imperatives of access, achievement, and inclusion in the new economy. In June of 2013, he published "The Chief Diversity Officer," the first book to explicate the role of the CDO in any sector with Dr. Katrina Wade Golden of the University of Michigan.

Dr. Williams will speak to Bellarmine administrators and faculty on Thursday, October 23rd at 11am in the Private Dining Room in the UDH. For more information contact Dr. Hannah Clayborne.

Rosa Alicia Clemente is a Black Puerto Rican grassroots organizer, hip-hop activist, journalist, and entrepreneur. Founder of Know Thy Self Productions, Rosa has created two successful college/universities tours, Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win and the Speak Truth to Power.

With an earned degree from the University of Albany and a Masters of Professional Studies from Cornell University she is committed to scholar-activism and youth organizing. As an activist she has traveled domestically and internationally to colleges, universities, high schools and prisons.

Currently she is a co-host/co-producer WBAI's (99.5 FM/NYC) show Where We Live, was recently published in Third World Press, Role Call: A Generational Anthology, is a member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, the Black August Collective and is the coordinator of the State of Black World Youth Caucus.

Ms. Clemente will speak to the Bellarmine Community on Thursday, October 23rd at 11am in Frazier Hall. This event is open to all. For more information contact Dr. Hannah Clayborne.

Date: Thursday, October 23
Time: 11am
Location: Frazier Hall

4th Annual Dialogue on Diversity Conference
The purpose of the Dialogue on Diversity Conference is to construct a space where participants can engage in thoughtful and instructive conversations about the relevance and role of diversity in the fields of business, education, media, health, politics and religion.

Conference details and registration can be found at the Dialogue on Diversity Conference website. For more information contact Dr. Hannah Clayborne.

Date: Friday, October 24th
Time: 8am – 3pm
Location: University of Louisville, Shelby Campus

Dance Theatre of Harlem
Dance Theatre of Harlem travels the world, inspiring audiences and celebrating diversity. Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell, the first African-American principal dancer at New York City Ballet, and Karel Shook, DTH closed in 2004 to reorganize and audition a completely new troupe of dancers. On their first professional tour in ten years, this vibrant cultural organization takes on a new challenge – “to redefine ballet in the 21st century.”

Space is limited. If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr. Hannah Clayborne.

Date: Saturday, November 1
Time: 8pm-10pm
Location: Kentucky Performing Arts Center

Dialogue on Diversity Series: Nativity Academy – Mission, Programs and Services
Dialogue on Diversity is a monthly program for faculty and staff only that examines the different aspects of diversity. This month’s speaker is Ms. Carol Nord who is the Executive Director of Nativity Academy.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr. Hannah Clayborne.

Date: Wednesday, November 5
Time: Noon – 1pm
Location: Fireplace room in Horrigan Hall

Safe Zone Training
Safe Zone is a program implemented at various colleges and universities across the country. It is designed to educate the community about personal, sociological and political issues faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning people. Through education and advocacy, Safe Zone strives to foster a safe, affirming, and socially just environment for the LGBT community.

People who have completed the Safe Zone Training program and have committed to serving as an ally receive a Safe Zone sticker that can be placed on doors, walls, etc. This then identifies the ally to LGBTQ individuals or other allies.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Ryan Simpson. (Co-sponsored by the Counseling Center)

Date: Thursday, November 13
Time: 3-5pm
Location: Fireplace room in Horrigan Hall

Dialogue on Diversity Series: Mind the Gap – The Gender Issues in Higher Education
Dialogue on Diversity is a monthly program for faculty and staff only that examines the different aspects of diversity. This month’s speaker is Ms. Sarah Fromm who is the Director of Student Activities for Orientation and Leadership at Bellarmine University.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr. Hannah Clayborne.

Date: Wednesday, December 3
Time: Noon – 1pm
Location: Fireplace room in Horrigan Hall

Spring 2015 Programs

MLK Service Day
MLK National Day of Service is an initiative that encourages individuals to honor the life and contributions of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering in their respective communities. Click here for additional information about the National Day of Service. On Monday, January 19, Bellarmine students, staff and faculty can volunteer at Highland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Nativity Academy.

Contact Dr. Hannah Clayborne to sign up for this program.

Date: Monday, January 19, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Multiple locations

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