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West Virginia State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
124 Ferrell Hall
Institute, West Virginia 25112
(304) 204-4345
Email address
School Information
"WVSU is located just a few miles from Charleston, the capitol of West Virginia, and within easy driving distance from major cities in five bordering states. With 3,514 students and a student faculty ratio of 17:1, students are able to learn in a comfortable, supportive environment, while experiencing the opportunities associated with a much larger university. You'll love our campus, a beautiful setting with lots of green space and a great quad area for studying outside in the fresh air, or tossing around a football with newfound friends. Founded in 1891 as a Historically Black College (HBCU), WVSU has evolved to serve a population that is richly diverse in ethnicity, geography, residential/commuter, high school graduates and adult learners. WVSU graduates can be found in positions of leadership and public service throughout West Virginia and the world" (Source: The university offers 22 Bachelor's and 7 Master's degrees.
General Information
WVSU incorporates DEI and anti-racist concepts into its General Education learning objectives and several certificate programs. Diversity is also a presidential priority. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The university's General Education includes a set of learning objective which "become the basis of an exploration of human diversity" within the "learning outcomes for Gender and Identify in a Diverse Society." This involves courses where students "identify and describe the various forms of oppression" among various other learning outcomes.
  • The school states that "WVSU also offers three interdisciplinary minors that qualify as part of promoting diversity in education. These interdisciplinary minors are African and African-American Studies, International Studies, and Women’s Studies."
  • The school states that "the University also provides certificate programs that promote diversity. These certificates include Human Diversity, Diversity Literature, and Interpersonal and Group Communications."
  • The Bachelor of Arts in History program calls upon students to "demonstrate understanding of the racial and cultural diversity of the human experience as influenced by geography, culture, race, ethnicity, gender, and class."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The university states that "the next president of WVSU must pursue diversity in its own workforce." Furthermore, "The matter of a less diverse faculty and staff requires attention. The creation of a plan for greater diversity and inclusion of faculty and staff will require the next president’s leadership. The regeneration of a greater sense of community and internal openness must be developed."
Symbolic Actions
  • WVSU states that inclusion is one of its values.
  • The university states that the community is committed to "preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution."
Last updated February 22nd, 2024
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