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West Virginia University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 6009
One Waterfront Place
Morgantown, West Virginia 26506
Phone
(304) 293-2121
School Information
"WVU is a family of distinctive campuses united by a single mission. From the groundbreaking research of our flagship in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley — we are leveraging our talents and resources to create a better future for West Virginia and the World." The university enrolls over 29,900 students, employs over 2,070 full-time, instructional faculty, and offers 360 majors. (Source: https://www.wvu.edu/about-wvu) (Source: https://www.wvu.edu/about-wvu/wvu-facts)
General Information
In the summer of 2020, the university president announced the creation of different working groups which will be considering anti-racism education, policing reform, and reforms to the Code of Conduct, among other initiatives. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The "working group addressing the development of a culturally aware and inclusive campus environment" is considering anti-racism education.
  • The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a variety of trainings, such as the DEI Classroom series, in addition to resources for students and faculty from various authors including Ibram X. Kendi.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As part of the Bachelor’s degree requirements, all students are required to take 3 credits of Global Studies and Diversity.
Disciplinary Measures
  • One of the working groups is focusing on "addressing campus and community partnerships." "Action items may include reviewing student and employee codes of conduct, policies on racially insensitive symbols or language, and community programming."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • Police reform is being pursued by one of the working groups: "Action items may include trainings, policies and partnerships with other police departments".
Symbolic Actions
  • University president announced the creation of "action-oriented working groups to make recommendations on how this University can improve and then focus on implementation."
  • On February 15 and 22, 2022, the university held a two-day anti-racism event titled, “A Long Talk About the Uncomfortable Truth” to discuss the “duration, violence, and intentionality of oppression in America.”
  • The university holds a separate Multicultural Graduation Celebration to “intentionally highlight and honor culture and celebrate diversity” for only multicultural students at WVU. Multicultural students will also “receive a cultural stole to wear over their graduation robe during the official commencement ceremonies.”
  • The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion “is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture by promoting diversity, inclusion, equality, and intercultural and inter community outreach” through its diversity initiatives.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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