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SGA Recap - Sustainability and Diversity Highlight First Meeting

Belmont Student Government Association took the next steps in implementing a director of diversity and announced a new well-core event focused on religious intersectionality.

SGA members gathered in the Barbara Massey Rogers Center for the first SGA meeting of the year on Monday.

At the first meeting of the semester, only one bill was introduced and voted on: Senate Resolution 1.

SR-1 aims to create the position of director of sustainability in order to make campus more environmentally friendly.

The bill proposes that the administration take the necessary steps to create the position.

The bill was first proposed in the spring by an honors research group to the faculty senate. After approving the bill, the faculty senate asked SGA to give its support.

SR-1 passed with a unanimous vote.

The position will be within the Office of the President; however, the specific details surrounding the role of the director of sustainability has yet to be determined by the administration.

“Overall, just improving sustainability here at Belmont. I think recycling, composting, these kinds of environmental things I think we’re looking into,” said Student Body President Carter Barnett on the position. “I assume they’ll be working closely with students and faculty and administration.”

Additionally, SGA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chief Sadaf Folad announced that in late September, SGA will be hosting “Meet Your Muslim Neighbor,” a Well-Core event highlighting the intersectionality of religions.

The event will be a collaboration with the Islamic Center of Nashville, which has hosted “Meet Your Muslim Neighbor” in the past. However, this will be the first time Belmont has hosted the event.

The event will be a discussion between a rabbi, sheikh and pastor, talking about the unique and shared aspects of their religions.

“The idea was sparked after an event in the spring that started conversation about different faiths on campus,” Folad said. “As we have a growing number of students from different faith backgrounds, we want to foster opportunities to better understand the faith of our Muslim community members.”

More information about the Well-Core event will be announced soon.


This article was written by Anna Blubaugh

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