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Bluefield State College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
219 Rock St.
Bluefield, West Virginia 24701
(304) 327-4507
School Information
"The mission of Bluefield State College, a historically black institution, is to prepare students for diverse professions, informed citizenship, community involvement, and public service in an ever-changing global society by providing an affordable, accessible opportunity for public higher education through certificate, associate, bachelor, and master degree programs" (Source: Founded in 1895, Bluefield's total undergraduate enrollment is approximately 1,200. The campus is 50 acres large, functioning on a semester calendar. The school has a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1.
General Information
Bluefield has received several grants to support diversity and racial justice. At this time, no mandatory Critical Race Training is required. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Program and Research Funding
  • Bluefield announced that, "Bluefield State College was awarded a $250,000 grant from the American Electric Power Foundation’s Delivering on the Dream: Social and Racial Justice Grant Program during a June 30 ceremony at the College." This program is "addressing systemic racism and injustice" through its funding.
  • The college announced that "for a second year, the Bluefield State College Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion has been awarded the sum of $8,000.00 through the 'Diversity for Equity' grants to fund programs that increase cultural diversity on campus and promote equal access to higher education opportunities." Furthermore, "the grant funds will be used to support efforts to bring regional and nationally known speakers and performers to the Bluefield State College community, as well as support its annual International Festival."
  • Bluefield announced that the college is "receiving an American Water 'Inclusion and Diversity Grant' to support and implement a 'Cultural Histories of Affrilachian People Event Series.'”
  • The college states that the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion "is committed to the mission and vision of Bluefield State and is a champion of its core values of excellence, community, diversity, and growth" and and will "promote inclusive excellence through a commitment to institutional fairness and equality, non-discriminatory practices, and by celebrating the strengths and achievements of our multicultural community."
  • BSC's Educational Outreach Counselor for Academic Recovery Humanities "leads and participates in committees on BSC campus in order to promote diversity and inclusion for all students."
Symbolic Actions
  • The Office of International Initiatives states that "the education offered by the institution recognizes the human and cultural diversity and provides students with growth opportunities and lifelong skills to live and work in a multicultural world."
  • Bluefield stated that, "Dr. Michelle Taylor and Mr. Scott Pitt were key contributors to a diversity workforce panel discussion during the annual 'Small Communities, Big Solutions Conference,' sponsored by the Alliance for Economic Development of Southern West Virginia."
  • Bluefield released a statement on June 2, 2020, stating, "The Bluefield State College community is united in mourning the tragic and senseless death of George Floyd. Each of us should be deeply saddened by the hate that was expressed by this terrible act."
Last updated July 29th, 2022
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