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Marshall University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1 John Marshall Dr
Huntington, West Virginia 25755
(304) 696-3170
Email address
School Information
"Marshall University is a public comprehensive university with a rich history as one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in West Virginia. Founded in 1837 and named after Chief Justice John Marshall, definer of the Constitution, Marshall University advances the public good through innovative, accredited educational programs." The university enrolls over 12,800 students, has an 18:1 student-faculty ratio, and has 57 bachelor's degree programs, 52 master's degree programs, and four doctoral degree programs (Source: (Source:
General Information
Since the summer of 2020, the university has implemented mandatory HR training for its employees on anti-racism (with options for students being explored) and pledged to schedule listening sessions with students to discuss racism. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The university will implement "mandatory human resources training on anti-racism and anti-bias for every employee to foster a more inclusive environment. Options for training for students will also be explored."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • All Marshall University students must complete the Core Curriculum which includes the diversity component of “3 hours of Multicultural or International coursework.”
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • Marshall University will be accepting nominations for its Diversity Awards for individuals who “celebrated, supported or enhanced diversity at Marshall.” Deadline: March 16, 2022
Program and Research Funding
  • The university is offering the Diversity Leadership Living/Learning Community Student Scholarship. Deadline: April 15, 2022
  • Fundraising opportunities for DEI initiatives on Etsy by selling merchandise.
  • There is a new diversity scholarship opportunity for incoming freshmen for the 2023-2024 school year that is “sponsored by the president’s office and is a unique opportunity for students to live, learn and grow in a supportive and inclusive environment, while developing skills to become effective leaders in promoting diversity and inclusion.”
  • The University offers a Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Scholarship through the President’s Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion towards students that have “demonstrated contributions to diversity, equality, or inclusion initiatives, in the area(s) of racial or ethnic diversity, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, veteran status, and/or other areas underrepresented or otherwise important to diversity, equality, and inclusion.”
Re-Imagining Policing
  • The university will plan a "Town Hall with the Marshall University Police Department and other campus units to inspire forthright communication about community social justice and security and safety measures on campus."
  • The university will also "schedule listening sessions with students in the fall to discuss racism and barriers to Black student success and the success of other non-majority groups at Marshall."
  • The university hosted a Virtual Book Discussion with President Gilbert on Ibram X. Kendi’s How to be an Antiracist on April 14, 2021.
  • The Truist Foundation has supported Marshall University’s Higher Learning Commission Quality Initiative for Building a Stronger and More Inclusive Marshall Community during the Fall 2022 semester.
  • The University is seeking nominations from departments to serve as Commissioners to the President’s Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Marshall.
  • The Marshall University Libraries provide a number of resources on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Racial Microaggressions, and Racism, and Racial Justice.
Last updated November 5th, 2023
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