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The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion exists because WVU is always striving to create the safe, diverse, welcoming community we all deserve.

OUR ROLE

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

Diversity Philosophy

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.

The Birmingham Pledge

I believe that every person has worth as an individual.

I believe that every person is entitled to dignity and respect, regardless of race or color.

I believe that every thought and every act of racial prejudice is harmful; if it is my thought or act, then it is harmful to me as well as to others.

Therefore, from this day forward I will strive daily to eliminate racial prejudice from my thoughts and actions.

I will discourage racial prejudice by others at every opportunity.

I will treat all people with dignity and respect; and I will strive daily to honor this pledge, knowing that the world will be a better place because of my effort.

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

Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

1085 Van Voorhis Road Suite 250
P.O. Box 6202, Morgantown WV 26506-6202

Phone icon 304-293-5600
Fax icon 304-293-8279
Fax icon diversity@mail.wvu.edu

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