Student Resources for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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University Offices and Resources

Student Organizations

Fields of Study


Aging Studies: Allows students to explore health and aging leadership, workforce, social justice and health care access disparities, physical and cognitive aging, health care finance and service trends, and health care policymaking.

Foreign Languages and International Studies: Focuses students' attention on the international scene, primarily from historical, political, socio-cultural, and economic perspectives through the study of two foreign languages.

Senior Living Leadership: Helps students learn the skills needed to address management, financial, operational, and resource issues that occur in facilities that care for aging populations.


African and African American Diaspora Studies: For students interested in developing critical awareness, cultivating cultural humility and preparing for an increasingly diverse work environment.

Anthropology: For students wanting to gain a global scope while building skills in cross-cultural communication and understanding in areas such as health, the environment, and religion in the 21st century.

Health Humanities: Allows students to explore health and the human condition in a broad cultural, social, economic, and moral context through compassion, empathy, and individualized care to patients, and by improving quality, cost, and access to health care.

International Studies: Pushes students to expand their scope beyond their foreign language studies to learn more about foreign communications, culture, art, health, and politics.

Peace Studies: Encourages the study of conflict resolution, nonviolence, war and its ethical justification, and community building on international, national, communal, and interpersonal levels.

Refugee and Forces Migration Studies: Helps students understand refugees and forcibly displaced migrants and areas such as resettlement, immigration law, diaspora studies, and more.

Women's and Gender Studies: Provides students the opportunity to study topics of women's experiences, masculinity, gender, LGBTQ+ experiences, and/or other forms of diversity.

Graduate Studies

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education and Social Change: For students interested in becoming “change agents” in improving the education of children living in poverty circumstances. This program prepares graduates to work as leaders in a wide range of education-related vocations including not-for-profit agencies, family advocacy, learning and teaching research, social policy, leadership in public/private school venues or environments, and higher education.

Master of Education (MEd) in Higher Education Leadership and Social Justice: Engaging through a lens of social justice, students will gain the foundational knowledge of higher education theory and social justice principles which address the professional standards, skills and personal development education necessary to work and lead in higher education settings.

Master of Health Science (MHS) - Health Promotion and Social Change track: Students will be introduced to social issues impacting population health, access, and delivery. Through the coursework, students will explore and analyze how human actions, cognitions, communication, and environment affect health, chronic disease, social relationships, and quality of life around the world and across the lifespan.

Trainings and Professional Development

Bellarmine DEI Endorsement

The Bellarmine University DEI Endorsement is a continuing education program developed for Bellarmine faculty, staff, students, and community members seeking to personally and professionally develop by engaging with various DEI topics. Learners will complete this endorsement more equipped to help make their communities, workplaces, and organizations more inclusive and equitable spaces. Read more


Once a month for an hour, the Office of Identity & Inclusion leads a discussion focusing on identity and/or social justice open to students, faculty, and staff. This series aims to raise awareness, build community, and encourage attendees to create individual and cross-campus action plans on how to build equitable environments for all members of the Bellarmine University and Louisville community. Check the OII website for upcoming #BUDialogues.

Campus Ministry Racial Justice Retreat

Self-guided retreat that encourages participants to seek understanding and reflection on systemic racial inequities, the implications of white privilege, and our calls to action in our religious and spiritual identities. Read more

Dialogue on Diversity Conference

A day-long conference open to students and professionals dedicated to engaging in constructive dialogue about identity and diversity in the workplace across different fields through workshops, presentations, and panels. This conference is co-hosted by Bellarmine University, University of Louisville, Spalding University, and Jefferson Community and Technical College as well as other organizations in the Louisville area. Read more

LGBTQ+ Ally Training

LGBTQ+ Ally Training is designed to educate the community about personal, sociological and political issues faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning people. Read more

Chosen Name and Personal Pronouns

Bellarmine University believes that the identity of each person is important and deserving of respect. To that end, we provide the option of designating one’s chosen name and/or pronouns in places where a legal name is not required. Please click here for more information.

Gender-Inclusive Restrooms

In the spirit of creating inclusive and welcoming spaces, Bellarmine has designated 31 gender-inclusive restrooms that provide a safe, private facility for people of all genders, people with disabilities who may need assistance, and families with children. A list of gender-inclusive restrooms may be found here.

Campus Climate Survey

The Campus Climate Survey is conducted to gauge the focus on campus values, policies, and practices surrounding diversity and inclusion as well as Title IX compliance. This survey is conducted every three years to assess the campus climate over time. See below for the results.