As the Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, we are responsible for ensuring students and employees with disabilities have equal access to all aspects of the University which makes us an integral part of the disability community. We are joining with various organizations dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities by joining the national campaign called “Spread the Word to End the Word.” This campaign is an ongoing effort by two organizations, Special Olympics and Best Buddies, to raise the consciousness of society about the demeaning and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)”. The campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people.
This national campaign has reached our campus. President Clements and wife, are featured on the video linked below to discuss the importance of joining this effort. You will also see Coach Huggins speaking in support of the campaign. As the Chief Diversity Officer for West Virginia University, I invite you to join with my staff and I to take the pledge “To Spread the Word To End the Word.” It is just one easy step; please click here” and sign the pledge and submit. Also, please take the time to view the video with President Clements and Coach Huggins and see some other friends from the campus as well. Spread the Word to all of your Mountaineer family members and friends and ask them to take the pledge as well. You can view the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAokKdNSCms.
Thank you so much for your support. I know that together, we can stop the hurtful use of the R-word.
David M. Fryson, Esq.
Chief Diversity Officer
West Virginia University