What is diversity? What is inclusion? We’re here for meaningful conversations, so let’s start by defining some of the terms we use.
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Have you checked your implicit biases? (We all have them.) Take a few moments to explore the Harvard Implicit Bias Test.
Knowing what resources are available on- and off-campus gives you the tools you need to help yourself and others who have experienced gender-based discrimination, including sexual violence, power-based personal violence and harassment. WVU has a zero-tolerance policy for these types of offenses and is pro-actively working to make them rare; but it’s on us as a Mountaineer family to help one another wherever and whenever we can.Learn more: Equity Assurance
Join us on YouTube for Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Meshea L. Poore's series of short videos, exploring topics centered on helping members of the WVU community live, learn and work together with care and respect for each other.YouTube
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Caitlin Fulp is a graduate student in the MPA program and a graduate assistant for the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. As a woman of color and member of the LGBQT+ community Caitlin finds it extremely important that students are able to have conversations about inclusivity on campus. As a Diversity Ambassador she hopes to facilitate these conversations. She wants to encourage other students to speak out about their experiences and lead conversations of their own. She intends to use her position to make WVU a place where everyone can feel welcomed so she can leave WVU knowing she created a sense of unity on campus.
At WVU we celebrate that we’re made up of Mountaineers from all walks of life.
West Virginia University will be known for honoring the worth of every individual, and sustaining an environment where all people are encouraged to achieve their full potential.
West Virginia University, with its statewide institutional presence, resides on land that includes ancestral lands of the Shawnee, Cherokee, Lenape (also called Delaware), the Haudenosaunee (or Iroquois) Nations: Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, Tuscarora), and many other Indigenous peoples over time.
In acknowledging this, we recognize and appreciate those Indigenous nations whose lands we are living on and working in. Indigenous peoples have been in the land currently known as West Virginia since time immemorial.
It is important that we understand both the context that has brought our university community to reside on this land, and our place within this long history.
(Developed Fall 2019 w/input from NAS Committee members, especially Dr. Charlotte Hoelke, and after NAS Program consultation with tribes, to be read at public events and included on websites, in syllabi, and shared with others. This acknowledgment should be considered a dynamic statement, modified when needed to be as inclusive, relevant, and accurate as possible. Bonnie M. Brown, NAS Coord.)
We are pleased to share this video version of this land acknowledgement.
Thank you to Bonnie M. Brown and the Native American Studies Program, Bob Pirner for voicing the statement, and Kelly Heasley in University Relations for her aerial video and production.
West Virginia University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture by promoting diversity, inclusion, equality, and intercultural and intercommunity outreach. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, marital or family status, pregnancy, veteran status, service in the uniformed services (as defined by state and federal law), religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or gender expression in the administration of any of its educational programs, activities, or with respect to admission or employment.
– Board of Governors Rule 1.6
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