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Diversity Week

Mosaic background. Text is Diversity Week 2022. West Virginia University Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

WVU’s annual Diversity Week endeavors to promote celebration, education and understanding of different identities, and experiences present on our campuses. Its aim is to create an atmosphere that provides the WVU community, including students, faculty and staff, the opportunity to explore different cultures, engage in discussions that bring new perspectives, and celebrate the presence of, and contributions made by, people of all identities and experiences.

*Note: If you require ADA accommodations such as ASL interpreting, please contact our office at 304-293-6692, or email jill.hess@mail.wvu.edu.*

*Links for Zoom events will be added when they are available.*

Saturday, October 8, 2022

International Street Festival

11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Courthouse Square, downtown Morgantown

Sponsored by Office of Global Affairs


Sunday, October 9, 2022

Craft With a Counselor

6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Shenandoah Room – Mountainlair

Sponsored by Carruth Center and Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Monday, October 10, 2022

Disability, Diversity, Ableism, & Inclusion

10 a.m. to noon, Shenandoah Room – Mountainlair

Sponsored by Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

A presentation covering aspects of disability identity, universal accessibility, and progressive inclusion.


Multicultural Mini-Festival

Noon to 1 p.m., Health Sciences Center Pylon Hall

Sponsored by School of Dentistry DEI Committee

Enjoy a display of art, handicrafts, food, dances, music, and visual displays. This is one of three similar events scheduled for this week, each focusing on a different ethnic or cultural group.


Hospital Culture and LGBTQ+ Inclusive Practices

Noon, Zoom

Sponsored by Rainbow Coats, the medical school pride student organization.

A nurse practitioner discusses creating an LGBTQ-inclusive hospital culture.


Diversity Wheel

Noon, Engineering Sciences Building in front of G39, Evansdale Campus

Sponsored by the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

Back in1990, Marilyn Loden (a workplace advocate and a familiar figure who talked about the challenges to career advancement faced by women in the workforce) and Judy Rosener (Ph.D., national expert on gender and leadership) talked about the different dimensions of diversity within individuals and institutions. They introduced the concept of a “Diversity Wheel” to encourage thinking about values, beliefs, and dimensions of identity for people and organizations. Statler College invites you to think of yourself and others, accept and celebrate yourself and others, spin the wheel of diversity to learn about Statler’s specific programs and initiatives, and win a prize!


Factors Influencing Faculty Decisions to Teach LGBTQ Content in Undergraduate Nursing Programs

1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Zoom

Sponsored by the School of Nursing

Join the School of Nursing for this journal club discussion.


Everything You Want to Know About American Culture Workshop

3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Zoom

Sponsored by English Language Learning Institute (ELLI) World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics (WLLL)

This workshop will focus on the meaning of American culture.


Hybrid Podcast Listening Event

4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m., Health Sciences Center – Erma Byrd

Sponsored by HSC Office or Research and Graduate Education


Black Hair + Storytelling as a Form of Social Activism

6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Gold Ballroom – Mountainlair

Sponsored by Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

From the impact of historical anti-Blackness to discussions about the politicization of the afro and its relationship to the Black Lives Matter movement, this presentation will challenge us to think about the ways in which we can use hair as an entry-point into other related topics, including self-love, anti-Blackness, healing from racial trauma, feminism, and community relationships. The presenter will also offer a blueprint for using storytelling as a form of social activism.


Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Sickle Cell Blood Drive

Noon to 5 p.m., Gold Ballroom – Mountainlair

Sponsored by Center for Community Engagement

Blood donor diversity is important. The most compatible blood match for patients receiving blood transfusions often comes from donors of the same race or similar ethnicity. Now more than ever, the American Red Cross needs the help of blood donors who are Black. All donors welcome.


“Bring it to the Table!” Event

1 p.m. to 2 p.m., UP Heritage Room – Potomac State College

Sponsored by Potomac State College

Dive into real talk about real problems with Meshea Poore, WVU Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Talk openly and freely. There will be no judgment. Everyone is welcome!


Professional Preparation

1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Mountaineer Room – Mountainlair

Sponsored by Diversity Ambassadors

Students can sit for a professional headshot and have their resume reviewed.


Microaggressions in the Workplace

1:30 p.m., Zoom

Sponsored by Rainbow Coats, the medical school pride student organization.

This Zoom panel will explore microaggressions, including awareness and reduction.


National Coming Out Day Open Mic Night

4 p.m., Maple House WVU LGBTQ+ Center

Sponsored by LGBTQ+ Center

Celebrate National Coming Out Day by joining the WVU LGBTQ+ Center for a laid-back Open Mic Event. You are welcome to participate as a performer (poetry, music, spoken word, etc.) or as a spectator. You can share a piece on the topic of Coming Out, or about something else that you may find more comfortable but would still like to share.


Disability and Accommodations in Health Sciences Education

4 p.m. to 5 p.m., HSC 1909

Sponsored by School of Medicine DEI Committee

Although disability is often discussed in the context of patient care, it is less often addressed with regards to healthcare workers and scientists themselves. A panel of three speakers from Occupational Therapy, Disability Studies and Accessibility Services will discuss approaches to disability and accommodations in health sciences education.


Modern Challenges of the Workforce

5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Reynolds Hall / Hybrid Event

Sponsored by Chambers College DEI Committee

A panel conversation over the current state of the gender pay gap as well as related challenges experienced in the workforce. The panel will bring awareness to these workforce challenges and discuss strategies for how to address them.


Professional Preparation

6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Mountaineer Room – Mountainlair

Sponsored by Diversity Ambassadors

Students can sit for a professional headshot and have their resume reviewed.


Wednesday, October 12, 2022


Speed Relation: Building Community through Conversation and Coffee

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Learning Commons, WVU Tech

Sponsored by WVU Collegiate Recovery

Participate in 10-minute conversations breaking down barriers based on identity, profession, or other aspects of life. Enjoy free coffee and snacks provided by WVU Collegiate Recovery. Presenters represent WVU Tech staff and community members.


Multicultural Mini-Festival

Noon to 1 p.m., Health Sciences Center Pylon Hall

Sponsored by School of Dentistry DEI Committee

Enjoy a display of art, handicrafts, food, dances, music, and visual displays. This is one of three similar events scheduled for this week, each focusing on a different ethnic or cultural group.


Diversity Map: The Value of Mutual Respect

Noon, Engineering Sciences Building in front of G39, Evansdale Campus

Sponsored by the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

The Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources works diligently to exemplify the importance of diversity and inclusion. We value and learn from the exchange of personal experiences, values, beliefs, and views that arise from differences of culture, ethnicity, language, gender, age, race, religion, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geographic region, and more.

Let’s celebrate our origins, our place of birth, our place of study, our community belonging, and all that shaped us to become who we are today! Take a pen and make a dot on the map to symbolize your origin and waypoint to our Statler destination! Share with us all you would like to share about those places; write your message and put it in the box of your College destination!


Music Inspired by Japanese Paintings: A Lecture-Recital by Akina Kondoh

12:30 p.m., Evansdale Library Room 228/9

In celebration of WVU Diversity Week, DMA candidate Akina Kondoh discusses and performs two works inspired by Japanese paintings: Suite: Impressions of Paintings by Higashiyama Kaii (1979), by Wang Li-San (1933-2013) and Sonata for Piano “To Hiroshige’s Cat,” Op.366, (1982), by Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000).


Yappy Hour

1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Mountainlair First Floor

Sponsored by Hearts of Gold and Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

An opportunity for the campus community to “destress” with some puppy love. Come pet and love on Hearts of Gold therapy dogs.


Diverse Perspectives Training

2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Innovation 110, WVU Tech

Sponsored by Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

This interactive session is designed to help students, faculty, and staff identify where their perspectives come from and how they develop.


Comparing & Contrasting Different Beliefs: Similarities & Differences of World Religions

4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Shenandoah Room - Mountainlair and also online: Zoom Registration

Sponsored by Honors College


Same Letters, Different Culture

5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Rhododendron Room – Mountainlair

Sponsored by Center for Fraternal Values and Leadership

This presentation will address the diversity myths and misconceptions affiliated with Greek Life.


Screening of Crip Camp

6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Gold Ballroom – Mountainlair

Sponsored by Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, University Center for Excellence in Disabilities

This film provides critical perspective into the lived experiences of the early disability rights activists who played a monumental role in the formation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Movie trailer


Thursday, October 13, 2022


Diverse Perspectives Training

10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Innovation 110, WVU Tech

Sponsored by Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

This interactive session is designed to help students, faculty, and staff identify where their perspectives come from and how they develop.


Multicultural Center Open House – WVU Tech

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Benedum BLG 100-H, WVU Institute of Technology

Sponsored by WVU Tech Student Life


Title IX 50th Anniversary Celebration

Noon to 1 p.m., Mountainlair First Floor

Sponsored by Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Access to LGBTQ Healthcare: Medical and Legal Perspectives Panel

Noon to 1 p.m., Zoom 

Sponsored by Rainbow Coats, the medical school pride student organization.

A panel collaboration between health care providers and legal experts, discussing access to LBGTQ and gender-affirming health care in West Virginia.


A Discussion on Racial Health Inequities

Noon to 1 p.m., HSC G17 Hostler Auditorium

Sponsored by HSC Chancellor’s Office

Join in a multi-disciplinary discussion around racial health care disparities. This event will highlight the experiences within emergency care, maternal care, and much more that individuals of color face when accessing medical care.


Desserts and Music from Around the World

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Health Sciences Center Erma Byrd Lobby

Sponsored by HSC Office of Research and Graduate Education

Learn more about different countries and cultures by listening to music and tasting desserts from around the world.


Meet and Greet: LGBTQ+ and Allied Graduate Students and Faculty

2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Health Sciences Center Pylons (behind Coffee Shop)

Sponsored by WVU Health Sciences and WVU LGBTQ+ Center

Come to our face-to-face social gathering for LGBTQ+ and allied graduate students and faculty. Make new friends, expand your network, and develop mentoring relationships in a safe and welcoming environment during WVU Diversity Week. Stop by, grab a snack, talk to folks, and have fun!

Registration: https://slewis22.wufoo.com/forms/xhs5z921mv9b4n/


Overcoming Challenges Associated With Rural Nursing In Zimbabwe

4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Zoom

Sponsored by the School of Nursing


Friday, October 14, 2022


Cultivating Student Leadership Through Affinity Groups: Reflections from the Honors LGBTQ+ and Allies Affinity Group

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Greenbrier Room - Mountainlair

Sponsored by Honors College

Hear three student members discuss the importance of the Group and how it helped them become campus leaders on issues of interest to them, the group and the LGBTQ+ community.


Multicultural Mini-Festival

11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Health Sciences Center Pylon Hall

Sponsored by School of Dentistry DEI Committee

Enjoy a display of art, handicrafts, food, dances, music, and visual displays. This is one of three similar events scheduled for this week, each focusing on a different ethnic or cultural group.


Statler Diversity Awards

Noon, Engineering Sciences Building in front of G39, Evansdale Campus

Sponsored by the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

Pedro Mago, Glen H. Hiner Dean of the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University, and the Statler College Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, will announce the recipients of the College’s Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awards. The awards, presented to the recipients in conjunction with WVU’s annual Diversity Week celebration, celebrate students, faculty and staff and their contribution to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the Statler Community.


LBGTQ+ Luncheon

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., HSC

Sponsored by Rainbow Coats, the medical school pride student organization.

In-person luncheon for LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff to mingle, network, and have a good time.


Supporting Asian Americans in Appalachia Panel

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Shenandoah Room – Mountainlair / Zoom

Sponsored by WVU Asian Association

Join the WVU Asian Association, a new organization at WVU, to discuss the Asian experience in Appalachia.


Racial Understanding Project

6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Rhododendron Room – Mountainlair

Sponsored by Dismantling Racism Together of First Presbyterian Church of Morgantown and Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Learn about the Listening for Racial Understanding project, in which people aged 24 to 98 answered the call to hold an open, calm, and honest conversation with someone from another race, using “active listening” to hear another person’s lived experiences. Learn how this initiative demonstrated that sharing your perspective and hearing another’s perspective can bridge what divides us.


Saturday, October 15 – Sunday, October 16, 2022


Diversity Cup 2022

Games begin at noon each day, Student Recreation Center Turf Fields, Evansdale Campus

Sponsored by College of Applied Human Sciences

Four vs. Four Coed Soccer Tournament, celebrating the spirit of sport, friendship and inclusiveness.


Check out some of these offerings from past Diversity Week Celebrations:

Multicolored background. Text is Save the Dates October 10-16, 2021 Diversity Week

“Cultural Conversations: Celebrating the Social Significance of Ethnicity” is the theme of West Virginia University’s Diversity Week 2021.

2021 Schedule of Events


Sunday, October 10, 2021

Petty Poetry

7 p.m., Mountainlair J. Gluck Theatre

Hosted by Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Petty poetry is a tool for expressing emotions in a healthy format and processing anger, grief, jealousy, and bitterness through poetry. In this workshop, poet Ashlee Haze will help WVU students, faculty, and staff learn how to engage this art form. This event has been made possible in part by a grant from the Big 12 Violence and Discrimination Awareness and Prevention Fund.

 

Monday, October 11, 2021

Antiracism in Nursing Education: Recommendations for Racial Justice Praxis

Noon – 1 p.m., Zoom 

Hosted by School of Nursing

Join a Journal Club Article discussion with author Tesiah Coleman and Dr. Sam Cotton

 

IMPACTed by Words: Can Free Speech Cause Harm?

1 p.m., Zoom 

Hosted by Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The First Amendment is known and celebrated for protecting the freedoms of speech, religion, petition, press and assembly of all people, but can these freedoms cause others harm? Join panelists from across West Virginia University as they discuss the balance between protecting freedoms and protecting people.

 

Black Culture Centers in Higher Education, Past, Present, and Future

2 p.m.,  Zoom 

Hosted by Center for Black Culture and Research

Marjorie Fuller, Director of the WVU Center for Black Culture and Research and President of the National Association for Black Culture Centers, will lead a conversation about the historical significance of Black Culture Centers, and how they have evolved to continue to serve students in a new era.


Mentoring with Cultural Competence

3 – 4:30 p.m., Zoom 

Hosted by Health Sciences Center Office of Research and Graduate Education

This introductory workshop on Culturally Aware Mentoring by Dr. Kelly Diggs-Andrews is for faculty and staff who mentor graduate students and other trainees. It will be followed with a more advanced session early in the spring semester. This seminar will provide an intellectual framework to accelerate the acquisition of mentoring insights and cultivate effective mentoring relationships.

 

Ugly Tomatoes: Appalachian Food Culture and Food Justice

5 p.m., Percival Hall 316

Hosted by WVU Campus Food Garden Project

West Virginians and other Appalachians experience a variety of cuisines unique to their regions. Their fruits and vegetables are no different. The heirloom tomato was once largely lost to commercial interests in high production of blemish-free, uniform, durable, and long shelf-life tomatoes. After a resurgence in consumer desire for the unmatched taste and texture of heirlooms, we are beginning to see what has historically been deemed as "ugly tomatoes" come to the forefront of home gardening and celebrations of Appalachian cuisine. While researching West Virginia varieties for inclusion in the first WVU Campus Food Garden, Dr. Nikki Byrne-Hoffman and Dr. Katrina Stewart rediscovered a rich history of tomato traditions that can be traced back to the Mountain State's earliest roots. In this workshop, they'll discuss the history of varieties such as Kellogg's Breakfast, Mortgage Lifters, and others and how deeply they are tied to West Virginia's long battle with poverty and food insecurity. Drs. Byrne-Hoffman and Stewart will also talk about current tomato research and present the case for community gardens and highlight the achievements of the WVU Campus Food Garden during its first season on the Evansdale campus. More information will also be provided on local food resources and Hungry Mondays, a periodic Monday workshop series hosted by the Garden. Participants are encouraged to send along their favorite "ugly tomato" recipe.

 

Supporting Asian Americans: A Film & Panel Discussion

6 p.m., Mountainlair J. Gluck Theatre

Hosted by School of Social Work, School of Medicine, West Virginia Prevention Research Center, and the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources

Amidst a global pandemic, another epidemic was resurging in the United States: anti-Asian hate and violence. Join us in person for an exclusive viewing of the documentary film The Race Epidemic about the rise in anti-Asian hate and violence during the pandemic, rooted in systemic and historic racism. Award-winning screenwriter and director Tony Shyu developed a documentary that dives deep into the history of America’s Asian American community through storytelling and interviews with prominent Asian American politicians. After the film, we invite you to a panel discussion of the film, where social workers and community members will weigh in on how we can better support Asian Americans in the WVU community and beyond. Panelists include: Dr. Yoosun Park, Stefanie P. Hines JD, Miki Demary-Andrews, and Reina Edwards.

View a trailer of the film


How to Read an Indigenous Film: Karlu Karlu: Devil’s Marbles

7:30 p.m., Zoom

Hosted by Native American Studies Program

On a day commemorating Indigenous Peoples, Mervyn Tano, Indigenous Rights Activist and President of International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management, will discuss how this quiet, reflective film invites the audience to consider the collective responsibility to care for each other, respecting Indigenous human rights, spiritual and cultural traditions, and work to protect sacred sites. 


Tuesday, October 12, 2021

What if Colin Kaepernick Was a White Man?

10 a.m. Mountainlair J. Gluck Theatre

Hosted by Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Sciences

Being a college athlete is challenging. Yet, for Black athletes and coaches, culture and race further impact their sport experience. A panel of individuals from different cultural backgrounds discuss racial implications for athletes in sport.

 

State of Diversity Address

Noon, College of Law Fitzsimmons Hall and streamed on YouTube

Hosted by Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and College of Law

Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Meshea L. Poore, Esq., delivers her annual State of Diversity address, a keynote designed to celebrate successes and acknowledge opportunities for growth as WVU strives to create the safe, diverse, and welcoming community every Mountaineer deserves.

 

Moments with Meshea Reception

1 p.m., College of Law

Hosted by Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Following the 2021 State of Diversity address, the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host a Moments with Meshea reception. Students, faculty and staff can discuss the address and meet with Vice President Meshea L. Poore, Esq. and other division staff members.

 

Examining Inclusion & Exclusion in the Contemporary American College Fraternities

3 p.m., Zoom

Hosted by Center for Fraternal Values and Leadership

This program will provide historical context to the founding of Greek-lettered organizations and discuss the current "Abolish Greek Life" Movement which posits that Greek organizations are inherently racist and exclusionary. Strategies for reform will be offered. Current students and Center staff will serve on a Q&A panel after a brief lecture.

 

Muslim and African American Student Association Tours / Panel Discussion

4 to 5 p.m. Health Sciences, West Virginia Room, HSC North H 1155

Hosted by the School of Dentistry

The School of Dentistry Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is having student tours and panel discussion for the Muslim and African American Student Association, undergraduate level, on Tuesday, Oct. 12, and Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. The panel discussion with the group will begin around 4:30 p.m.

 

How to be a Male Ally: Podcast Listening Event

4 to 4:50 p.m., Zoom 

Hosted by the Health Sciences Center Office of Research and Graduate Education

A podcast listening event, featuring The Fix with Michelle King, specifically the episode “How to be a Male Ally at Work” in which David G. Smith, Ph.D. and W. Brad Johnson, Ph.D. discuss why, and how, men play a crucial role in promoting gender equity at work. Smith, a sociologist, and Johnson, a clinical psychologist, are former naval officers committed to supporting men in becoming more effective allies for women and more inclusive leaders in the workplace. After listening to the brief podcast, participants will participate in a group discussion.

 

The Harlan Renaissance: Stories of Black Life in Appalachian Coal Towns

5 p.m., Mountainlair Cathedral Room and Zoom 

Host: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

This event features Dr. William H. Turner and the launching of his book The Harlan Renaissance on WVU Press. The event will begin with a book-signing and reception, followed by a discussion. Dr. Turner will discuss his new book, The Harlan Renaissance - an intimate remembrance of kinship and community from the treasured son of one of the most successful and diverse coal camps in Appalachia's history.

 

Songs on the Line: Music, Politics, and Humanitarian Crisis on the US/Mexico Border

6 p.m., Zoom

Hosted by Campus Read, WVU Humanities Center

How can the story of undocumented migration on the Arizona/Mexico border be told? This talk will describe Professor Robert Neustadt’s trips to the border with students, his journey from academic to academic-activist-singer-songwriter, and how ‘songs on the line’ can be vehicles to teach awareness and compassion about this catastrophic and often misunderstood humanitarian crisis.

 

Overcoming Barriers and Thriving in a Complex and Diverse Environment/Perspectives on Different Career Paths

6 p.m. Zoom

Sponsored by Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

Statler alumni field career advice questions from students in this informal, respectful discussion.

  • Line-Audrey Nkule, MinStar Health
  • Sabrina Ridenour, General Motors
  • Andrew Gillette, Disney


Misconceptions of Islam

7:30 p.m., Mountainlair Rhododendron Room

Hosted by Muslim Student Association

Join the Muslim Student Association as they discuss and correct misconceptions and stereotypes about Islam. Students will talk about what it means to be a Muslim student at WVU, the rise of Islamophobia, and how to be an ally to the Muslim community.

 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Eberly Roundtable on Race, Identity, and Place

8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mountainlair Shenandoah Room and Zoom 

The West Virginia University Eberly College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to invite faculty, staff, students, and the entire Mountaineer community both near and far to the first annual Eberly Roundtable. This inaugural event brings together academic and public scholars, artists, and intellectuals to engage on a topic central to WVU’s land-grant mission and national identity. The inaugural theme of this year’s Eberly Roundtable is “A Coming Together. ” Our distinguished participants have been invited to discuss blackness, black identity, black agency, and black presence in Appalachia.


Addressing Racism in Nursing: Acknowledging the Past, Changing the Present, and Shaping the Future

Noon, Zoom 

Hosted by School of Nursing

Dr. Sam Cotton will facilitate a panel discussion with Ms. Tesiah Coleman, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC, WHNP-BC, CLC; Ms. Anita Coleman Law, CRNA, MSN, RN; Dr. Heather Washington, PhD; and Dr. Rachel Woldoff, PhD

 

The International Human Right to Health

Noon to 1 p.m.,  MDTV

Hosted by the School of Public Health and the College of Law

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has placed a renewed focus on the human right to health, a protection provided by numerous international declarations. To address health as a human right and the legal obligation it creates, the West Virginia University School of Public Health and College of Law will welcome an international human rights and law scholar for two lectures.

David H. Moore, professor of law at Brigham Young University, will present “The International Human Right to Health” as part of the School of Public Health’s Dean’s Colloquium Series. The lecture is free and open to the public.

 

Open House: Multicultural Center at WVU Potomac State College

1 p.m., Academy Hall, Third Floor

Hosted by WVU Potomac State College and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Join faculty, staff and students, along with WVU Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Meshea L. Poore, Esq., and tour the Multicultural Center as we celebrate Diversity Week across the WVU system.

 

Muslim and African American Student Association Tours / Panel Discussion

4 to 5 p.m. Health Sciences, West Virginia Room, HSC North H 1155

Hosted by the School of Dentistry

The School of Dentistry Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is having student tours and panel discussion for the Muslim and African American Student Association, undergraduate level, on Tuesday, Oct. 12, and Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. The panel discussion with the group will begin around 4:30 p.m.

 

Toward Equity and Justice in Mentoring

4 p.m., Zoom

Hosted by the WVU Health Sciences Center Graduate Student Organization and the WVU Higher Education Student Association

Dr. Linda DeAngelo, associate professor of higher education at the University of Pittsburgh, will illuminate how factors such as race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status influence a student's pipeline to higher education, in particular graduate-level studies. Dr. DeAngelo will present how the mentorship process can transform a student's journey through higher education. The session will appeal to individuals who impact higher education administration currently or in the future, educating on how decision-making processes and biases can impact students’ ability to continue their education.

 

West Virginia Black Business Leaders: Pride and Prejudice

6 p.m., Mountainlair Ballroom, Small Blue

Hosted by Center for Community Engagement

Panel discussion with Black owned and operated small businesses in West Virginia speaking on the sense of belonging and the conflicts they have faced in the community as well as their successes and failures.

 

Celebrating Religious Diversity - POSTPONED

Hosted by School of Medicine Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and Multicultural Association for Students in Healthcare

This panel discussion will address common misconceptions about major religions in a respectful and fun way. Primarily the panelists will discuss how health sciences education interfaces with Muslim culture, Jewish holidays, and other world religions. This includes a discussion about how non-observing health science educators can be good allies. The panel will include representatives from the Student Muslim Association, the Jewish Center, and various religious organizations on campus.

 

Indigenous Connections to the Night Sky: Indigenous Perspectives & Tales of the Maya Skies

7 p.m., WVU Planetarium (White Hall) 

Hosted by WVU Planetarium

Join the WVU Planetarium to learn about Indigenous astronomy. The night sky has long inspired humans around the world and throughout time. Indigenous peoples of the Americas have rich stories and important cultural connections to the motions of the sun, moon, and stars. Yet, mainstream astronomy presentations generally focus on Greek or Roman mythological star stories. With this show, the Planetarium aims to amplify and feature the star stories of Indigenous groups. They will consider Indigenous worldviews and explore the wide variety of ways Native American cultural traditions are influenced by astronomical phenomena. The Planetarium will share resources from the National Museum of the American Indian and the Native Skywatchers research and programming initiative, including star maps and story recordings shared by Ojibwe, Blackfoot, and Cheyenne peoples. Additionally, they will spotlight the Indigenous astrophysicists who are working at the forefront of astronomy research, and how they are revitalizing and sharing Indigenous star and Earth knowledge. The Planetarium will follow the presentation with the "Tales of the Maya Skies" full-dome feature film. The Planetarium is grateful to Professor Bonnie Brown from the WVU Program for Native American Studies for advising on this presentation.

 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

WVU Tech Diversity Week Celebration

Noon – 1 p.m., WVU Tech, Robert C. Byrd Learning Resource Center patio

Hosted by WVU Tech and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Join WVU Tech Diversity Programs and WVU Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Meshea L. Poore, Esq. for games, prizes, and fellowship as we celebrate Diversity Week across the WVU system.

 

Healing in Community: The Power of the People

1 p.m., Zoom 

Hosted by Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In 2020 people experienced grief, trauma and uncertainty all while in isolation. Yet, 2021 brought with it new hope, a chance to return to campus with energy, to sit in classrooms that were not virtual, to restart paused traditions. As people celebrate "returning to normal" there is a collective responsibility to acknowledge the struggles people have experienced as a society. Join a panel of experts as they discuss the role and importance of community in healing.


Expressing Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Workplace

3 p.m., Zoom 

Hosted by Career Services

Students may be hesitant to discuss their race or their ethnicity in professional settings. However, companies increasingly understand the benefits of having a diverse workforce. Learning to recognize and understand the challenges of diversity can help students embrace their identities as they launch their professional careers.

 

Fireside Chat: Why Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Matter - Addressing the News and Information Gap

4 p.m., Vantage Ventures, 2156 University Avenue, Suite 400

Hosted by WVU Vantage Ventures

Crystal Good is an entrepreneur and founder of Black by God, the West Virginian. This emerging digital and print media company was organized to share the stories of black communities and black-owned businesses. Its medium seeks to share perspectives that cultivate, curate, and elevate Black voices from West Virginia providing the tools, resources, and bed of knowledge to help people build sustainable news. Its mission is to make critical support more accessible to first time founders that are underrepresented in the news landscape.

Crystal is an Irene McKinney Scholar and WVU Reed College NewStart Fellow.

For this Fireside Chat, Vantage Ventures is delighted to partner with the WVU Chambers College Diversity, Inclusion, Culture, and Equity (DICE) committee and WVU’s Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Please join us so we can hear more about Crystal’s mission in building a publication encompassing the needs, wants, hopes and aspirations of the West Virginia Black community in Appalachia.

 

VOX: Exploring the Voices of Latina/o/x

6 p.m., Mountainlair, Rhododendron Room

Hosted by RISE WVU

Join RISE WVU as they explore the many voices of the Latin American and Caribbean community and how those voices often get overlooked due to the Black and White binary when discussing race in the US.

 

Club Unity - POSTPONED

Hosted by the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Join DJ Woody Woods for the first in what is designed to be a series of gatherings for students to dance, enjoy music and build community. Dance can expand social and cultural interaction as well as provide an overall community feeling of well-being and togetherness. Club Unity will develop a regular on-campus space where students can come together and enhance their creativity and mental health through movement and have a great time.

 

Friday, October 15, 2021

Black Community Life in Early 20th Century Southern West Virginia

10 a.m., Zoom

Hosted by the College of Law

This presentation by attorney Elliot G. Hicks, Esq. will delve into the unique experience of Black coal miners and the influence of coal mining on the identity of Black West Virginians.


Educating Culturally Competent Healthcare Professionals: Delivering Patient-Centered Care

Noon,  Zoom 

Hosted by School of Dentistry Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Dr. Karen West, DMD, MPH and President and CEO of the American Dental Education Association will help participants learn to identify the benefits of educating health care professionals to provide culturally competent patient-centered care; summarize key elements associated with providing culturally competent patient-centered care; explain best practices for educating students to provide culturally-competent patient-centered care through a health equity lens; and describe how to infuse cultural competence into an integrated-comprehensive care model to facilitate patient-centered care for all persons.

 

"Identity in the Age of Ancestral Testing"

Noon to 1 p.m., Zoom

Hosted by the School of Nursing

Join the School of Nursing for this presentation by Dr. Anita Foeman, PhD.

 

A Business Case for Globalization: The ROI for Ethnic Diversity

1:30 p.m., Zoom

Hosted by Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee John Chambers College of Business and Economics

A panel of professionals discuss how they have successfully incorporated ethnicity, culture, and globalization into their business. This panel will showcase why diversity of race and ethnicity in business is important.

 

Women of Color Trivia and Networking Event

3 p.m., Rhododendron Room

Hosted by Council for Gender Equity Women of Color Committee

Join the Women of Color Committee with the Council for Gender Equity for a fun and active networking event.

 

Comedians with Disabilities

7 p.m., Mountainlair Ballroom Small Blue

Hosted by the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Join the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for an evening of laughter with a comedy stand-up show: Comedians with Disabilities with Nina G and Mean Dave.

Nina G hails from Oakland and is billed as the San Francisco Bay Area’s favorite female stuttering stand-up comedian (granted, she is the only one). Nina G is a disability activist and author of "Stutterer Interrupted: The Comedian Who Almost Didn't Happen".

Stand-up comedian Mean Dave is a regular at Cobb's Comedy Club and Punch Line in San Francisco and Sacramento. Mean Dave has performed with the Comedians with Disabilities Act as an addict in recovery from drugs and alcohol.

Nina G and Mean Dave have collaborated several times in the past. Mean Dave appears in Nina G's book, "Stutterer Interrupted: The Comedian Who Almost Didn't Happen" and he is also the illustrator of Nina G’s children’s book “Once Upon an Accommodation: A Book About Learning Disabilities.” They perform together at colleges and events across the US. The two talk about being an ally to people with disabilities and bring a unique perspective to disability awareness.

 

ALL WEEK

State of Mind Art Exhibition

Location: Health Sciences Pylons

Hosted by School of Dentistry Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee in collaboration with the School of Dentistry Wellness Committee

This exhibition features diversity-related artwork created by students and some faculty members.

  Health Sciences Events



If you missed an event of interest during Diversity Week 2020, some of the events were recorded and are still available to view.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Allyship and Advocacy

  • ·       Hosted by DEI
  • ·       Keynote Speaker: Bonnie Brown Native American Studies Program Coordinator
  • ·       Moderator: Aisury Vasquez (she/her/hers), Diversity Outreach Coordinator
  • ·        Link to recording

Disability Justice, Identity and Liberation

  • ·       Hosted by DEI
  • ·       Keynote Speaker: Jill Hess, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator
  • ·       Moderator: Aisury Vasquez (she/her/hers), Diversity Outreach Coordinator
  • ·        Link to recording

Advancing Disability Justice on a College Campus

  • ·       Hosted by DEI
  • ·       Student Panelists: Lauren Florio, Nicolette Edwards, Vanessa Bishop
  • ·       Moderator: Aisury Vasquez, (she/her/hers), Diversity Outreach Coordinator
  • ·        Link to recording

LGBTQ+ Justice: Current and Future Movements

  • ·       Hosted by DEI
  • ·       Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ellen Rodrigues, Interim Director of the LGBTQ+ Center
  • ·       Moderator: Aisury Vasquez, (she/her/hers), Diversity Outreach Coordinator
  • ·        Link to recording

State of Diversity Address

  • ·       Speaker: Vice President Meshea L. Poore, Esq.
  • ·       Moderator: Aisury Vasquez, (she/her/hers), Diversity Outreach Coordinator
  • ·        Link to recording

The Legacy and Power of Hispanic and Latinx/e Students

  • ·       Hosted by DEI
  • ·       Student Panelists: Mia Sebastian, Emma Locarnini, Rachelle Nieto and Alfredo Rodriguez
  • ·       Moderator: Aisury Vasquez, (she/her/hers), Diversity Outreach Coordinator
  • ·        Link to recording

The Movement for Black Lives and Racial Justice

  • ·       Hosted by DEI
  • ·       Keynote Speaker: Dr. Amena Anderson, Assistant Professor of Practice, WVU ADVANCE
  • ·       Moderator: Aisury Vasquez, (she/her/hers), Diversity Outreach Coordinator
  • ·        Link to recording

The Movement for Black Lives and the Importance of Student Advocacy

  • ·       Hosted by DEI
  • ·       Student Panelists: Tracey Picou, Camryn Pressley, Ateria Walker
  • ·       Moderator: Aisury Vasquez, (she/her/hers), Diversity Outreach Coordinator
  • ·        Link to recording

Promoting Inclusive, Safe and Supportive Research Environment

  • ·       Hosted by HSC Office of Research and Graduate Education
  • ·       Speaker: Dr. Allison Gammie, Director, Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity, National Institute of General Medical Sciences
  • ·        Description and  Link to Recording

Defining the Future of Diversity in the Workplace

  • ·       Hosted by WVU Career Services
  • ·       Speakers: Charlotte Swiger, Ryan Stannard, Charrae Rogers
  • ·        Description and  Link to Recording


2020 Schedule of Events

Oct 11 - 17 Exhibit: Women Beyond Bars (in the Pylons)

  • ·       Hosted by Schools of Public Health, Reed College of Media, Honors College
  • ·        Description

October 12   Indigenous Peoples’ Day

10 a.m.      Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Allyship and Advocacy

  • ·       Hosted by DEI
  • ·       Keynote Speaker: Bonnie Brown Native American Studies Program Coordinator
  • ·       Moderator: Aisury Vasquez (she/her/hers), Diversity Outreach Coordinator
  • ·        Link to recording

October 13   30th Anniversary of the ADA: Advancing Disability Justice

9 a.m.        Race, Science and Power

  • ·       Hosted by HSC Office of Research and Graduate Education
  • ·       Keynote Speaker: Angela Saini

10 a.m.      Disability Justice, Identity and Liberation

  • ·       Hosted by DEI
  • ·       Keynote Speaker: Jill Hess, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator
  • ·       Moderator: Aisury Vasquez (she/her/hers), Diversity Outreach Coordinator
  • ·       Link to recording

Noon         2020 Election Series: The Value of Citizenship

  • ·       Hosted by Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
  • ·       Speaker: Greg Graham, Associate Professor in the Clara Luper Department of African and African American Studies, University of Oklahoma
  • ·        Description

5 p.m.       How to Navigate and Be Successful in a Male-Dominated Industry

  • ·       Hosted by Statler College
  • ·       Speaker: Laurie Wiegand-Jackson, Board Chairperson, Council on Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership

6:15 p.m.       Advancing Disability Justice on a College Campus

  • ·       Hosted by DEI
  • ·       Student Panelists: Lauren Florio, Nicolette Edwards, Vanessa Bishop
  • ·       Moderator: Aisury Vasquez, (she/her/hers), Diversity Outreach Coordinator
  • ·       YouTube Link

7 p.m.       Navigating Health Professional Education as a Person of Color/Under-represented Minority

  • ·       Hosted by Multicultural Association of Students in Healthcare (MASH)
  • ·       Panel with student representatives from the WVU Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Dentistry
  • ·       Moderator: Dr. Kerri Woodberry, MD, MBA, FACS, Associate Professor and Chief of Division of Plastic Surgery
  • ·        Description 

October 14   LGBTQIA+ Justice

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.           Poster Display to Showcase Diverse Cultures

  • ·       Hosted by School of Dentistry DEI Committee
  • ·       Location: Hallway to the right beyond the Pylons, between the School of Dentistry and the School of Pharmacy

10 a.m.      LGBTQ+ Justice: Current and Future Movements

  • ·       Hosted by DEI
  • ·       Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ellen Rodrigues, Interim Director of the LGBTQ+ Center
  • ·       Moderator: Aisury Vasquez, (she/her/hers), Diversity Outreach Coordinator
  • ·       Link to recording

11 a.m.      Inclusive Language Training

  • ·       Hosted by WVU Health Sciences Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • ·        Description

1 p.m.       Trans SafeZone Training

  • ·       Hosted by WVU Tech Diversity

2 p.m.       Voting While Transgender

  • ·       Hosted by First Presbyterian Church, Morgantown
  • ·       Speaker: Natasha Stone of Fairness WV

4 p.m.       Defining the Future of Diversity in the Workplace

  • ·       Hosted by WVU Career Services
  • ·       Speakers: Charlotte Swiger, Ryan Stannard, Charrae Rogers
  • ·        Description and Link to Recording

5 p.m.       Moving Towards Anti-Racism: Exploring Racial Trauma

  • ·       Hosted by School of Public Health
  • ·       Keynote Speaker: Dr. Della V. Mosley, PhD, Black queer feminist, scholar, activist and healer committed to liberation
  • ·       Moderator: Dr. Linda Alexander, PhD, Senior Associate Dean and School of Public Health Diversity Task Force chair
  • ·        Description

6 p.m.       Exploring Inclusion & Exclusion in the American Fraternity & Sorority Movement

  • ·       Hosted by Center for Fraternal Values and Leadership
  • ·       Speaker: Dr. Matthew Richardson, Director

7 p.m.       Festival of Ideas: W. Kamau Bell

October 15   The History and Importance of Hispanic Heritage Month

10 a.m.      State of Diversity Address

  • ·       Speaker: Vice President Meshea L. Poore, Esq.
  • ·       Moderator: Aisury Vasquez, (she/her/hers), Diversity Outreach Coordinator
  • ·       Link to recording

2 p.m.       VOX: Much More Than Spicy Food, Reggaeton and Salsa

  • ·       Hosted by RiseWVU
  • ·       Speakers: Mia Sebastian, Niara Cambell, Ellen Rodrigues, Gary Laruta, Aisury Vasquez

3 p.m.       Promoting Inclusive, Safe and Supportive Research Environment

  • ·       Hosted by HSC Office of Research and Graduate Education
  • ·       Speaker: Dr. Allison Gammie, Director, Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity, National Institute of General Medical Sciences
  • ·        Description and Link to Recording

6:15 p.m.       The Legacy and Power of Hispanic and Latinx/e Students

  • ·       Hosted by DEI
  • ·       Student Panelists: Mia Sebastian, Emma Locarnini, Rachelle Nieto and Alfredo Rodriguez
  • ·       Moderator: Aisury Vasquez, (she/her/hers), Diversity Outreach Coordinator
  • ·       YouTube Link

7 p.m.       Learn About Islam with the Muslim Student Association

  • ·       Hosted by the Muslim Student Association
  • ·       Speakers: Nisa Rana, Sarah Zanablis

October 16   Black Lives Matter & Activism for a Just World

9 a.m.        Reflection: Movement and Meditation

  • ·       Hosted by the Women of Color Committee
  • ·       Facilitator: Alex Fox, fitness instructor and meditation coach – guided group activity 
  • ·        Description 

10 a.m.      The Movement for Black Lives and Racial Justice

  • ·       Hosted by DEI
  • ·       Keynote Speaker: Dr. Amena Anderson, Assistant Professor of Practice, WVU ADVANCE
  • ·       Moderator: Aisury Vasquez, (she/her/hers), Diversity Outreach Coordinator
  • ·       Link to recording

Noon         Communicating Culture Change

1 p.m.       You Are Enough. A Thousand Times Enough

  • ·       Hosted by the Women of Color Committee
  • ·       Keynote Speaker: Dr. Maria del Guadalupe (Lupe) Davidson, Director and Academic Coordinator for Social Justice Affairs, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, Woodburn Professor of Women's and Gender Studies
  • ·        Description 

2-4 p.m.    Social Justice Summit #1: A Call to Action

4-5:30 p.m.     Women of Color Networking Event

  • ·       Hosted by the Women of Color Committee
  • ·       Speakers: Dr. Tiffany Mitchell Patterson, Dr. Ellen Rodrigues, Marjorie Fuller, and Dr. Victoria Sanchez – Virtual meeting with breakout conversations
  • ·        Description  

6:15  p.m.       The Movement for Black Lives and the Importance of Student Advocacy

  • ·       Hosted by DEI
  • ·       Student Panelists: Tracey Picou, Camryn Pressley, Ateria Walker
  • ·       Moderator: Aisury Vasquez, (she/her/hers), Diversity Outreach Coordinator
  • ·       YouTube Link


West Virginia University Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: We are here for you. October 11-16, 2020 Diversity Week #WVUDiversityWeek


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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