The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion exists because WVU is always striving to create the safe, diverse, welcoming community we all deserve.
The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion seeks to provide university-wide education, support, accountability and leadership on issues relating to diversity to the campus and community. We engage in advocacy, policy development, consultation and evaluation to create a more inclusive campus community. Through our work, West Virginia University seeks to be a national leader in understanding and addressing oppression: societal inequalities that affect access for, achievement by and inclusion of marginalized people. We are committed to fostering a community that is safe and affirming for faculty, staff, students and campus visitors.
This work is actualized in a variety of ways, including:
- Establishing and consulting with Diversity Committees and Task Forces
- Hosting programming focused on both historical and contemporary issues of injustice
- Developing advocates through training, presentations and facilitated dialogues
- Collaborating with others on campus to understand campus climate, track changes based on our interventions and develop more effective outreach
- Supporting campus and community partners in addressing diversity-related questions and challenges
- Providing resources to protect the civil rights of each individual
Our philosophy of diversity is based upon an acknowledgement that discrimination — based upon race, ethnicity, gender or gender identity, sex, religion, disability, socioeconomic status and sexuality — is integrated into our foundation as a country and a university. Rather than viewing bias and prejudice as thoughts, statements and actions of a few bad people, we understand that our society has been built to unfairly benefit a select group. As such, WVU has created the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to move towards resolving the impacts of this inequality on our campus. Diversity Initiatives is charged with leading this effort by understanding national and local trends, gauging the campus culture of inclusion, educating the community about systemic inequality and empowering students, faculty and staff to advocate for themselves and one another.