Belmont University and President Dr. Robert Fisher received the inaugural Siloam Bridge Builder award Thursday, in recognition of university efforts to aid local immigrant and refugee communities.
“It is so important for Belmont to serve the Nashville community,” Fisher said. “We are honored to call Nashville home, and it’s our privilege to serve our city’s newest residents through educational opportunities, employment and more. The Siloam Health Center continues to do incredible work throughout our city, and we are so grateful to have been recognized with this award.”
According to a statement from Belmont’s Office of Communications, the award recognized efforts Belmont has made to support Nashville’s immigrant and refugee populations, including inclusive hiring practices, funding ESL courses and accepting all U.S. students for admission consideration, regardless of immigration standing.
“Under Fisher’s leadership, Belmont consistently strives to align its vision with the ever-changing needs of its community and works to help New Americans get ahead with their education and in life,” the statement said.
The award’s sponsor, Siloam Family Health Center, has been providing health services to the uninsured since 1989, with a focus on servicing local immigrant and refugee communities.
Photo provided by Belmont’s Office of Communications.