Listed below are offices that offer programs to members of the Bellarmine community that explore different facets of diversity.
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Mission: Educating talented diverse students of many faiths, ages, nations and cultures is a core principle of Bellarmine’s mission, and it also serves as the foundational objective of the programs and services provided by the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA). More specifically, OMA creates educational opportunities for members of the Bellarmine community to critically examine their beliefs, values and assumptions as it relates to multiculturalism. To ensure we fulfill our mission we are committed to offering co-curricular programs that acknowledge and reflect the experiences of underrepresented populations, while also providing educational opportunities for all members of the campus community to examine their individual and group experiences within a culturally diverse society. The underlying goal of these two endeavors is to construct a community that acknowledges the multiple perspectives and backgrounds that are present on campus, thereby creating an inclusive and celebratory campus environment where all students, staff and faculty are valued and affirmed. Learn more.
Office of Campus Ministry
Campus Ministry at Bellarmine University serves students, faculty, administrators, and staff. In a collegiate community committed to intellect, faith, and service, Campus Ministry seeks to become an articulate and compassionate center of excellence in religious exploration, worship, and enhancement of personal and community life. Bellarmine encourages and celebrates people of all faiths. Campus Ministry strives to serve all members of this diverse community. Learn more.
Office of International Programs
Bellarmine currently offers its students one of the most extensive international study options in the nation. Students can select programs from more than 150 partnership sites in over 50 countries on 6 continents. More than 35% of Bellarmine's full time students engage in an international experience during their tenure at Bellarmine. Study abroad is available in all of Bellarmine's schools and majors, and it is accessible to all students, regardless of economic background. Some destinations are available with considerable scholarship support. Learn more.
Thomas Merton Center
The Merton Collection has grown to over fifty thousand items, including the literary estate, fifteen thousand pieces of correspondence to over 2,100 correspondents, nine hundred drawings, eleven hundred photographs and six hundred hours of audio taped conferences given by Merton to his community at Gethsemani (samples), and several hundred volumes from Merton's own library. It is the largest Merton collection in the world, incorporating items translated into thirty languages, over three hundred and fifty masters and doctoral theses, audiovisual materials, and a growing collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and fabric art depicting Merton.
The Center is located on the second floor of Bellarmine's W. L. Lyons Brown Library. The facility includes areas for study, meeting, and quiet contemplation; offices for staff; and a climate-controlled room to preserve the Merton Collection. Merton's own drawings and photographs are on display, together with a variety of artistic renditions and photographs of Merton. A special room in the Center, dedicated to Merton's parents, contains a collection of watercolors by Merton's father, Owen. Learn more.
The Center serves as an international resource for scholarship and inquiry on Merton and his works and also on the ideas he promoted: contemplative life, spirituality, ecumenism, East-West relations, personal and corporate inner work, peace, and social justice. The Merton Center regularly sponsors courses, lectures, retreats, seminars, Road Scholar programs, and exhibits for scholars, students, and the general public. Click here for more information on upcoming events.