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YOU BELONG

Our commitment to diversity, equity,
and inclusion.

At the WVU Alumni Association, diversity and inclusion means celebrating and welcoming all backgrounds and experiences, including race, gender, ethnicity, ability, nationality, age, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, and veteran status, among others.

Our Commitment

We aim to create connection and community for people who love WVU, with equity and inclusion for everyone. We also recognize that we need to do a better job of being inclusive. Therefore, our leadership has decided to take immediate action so that we can serve everyone wholeheartedly and create “One WVU” for all.

The WVU Alumni Association Board of Directors is taking the following actions:

Signed by all members of the WVU Alumni Association Board of Directors

Resources

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Upcoming Events

Mark your calendar for upcoming events and conversations about diversity and inclusion.

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Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion exists because WVU is always striving to create the safe, diverse, welcoming community we all deserve.

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Common Definitions

We’re here for meaningful conversations, so let’s start by defining some of the terms we use.

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A Letter to Our Alumni

Sean Frisbee, President & CEO of the WVU Alumni Association, writes about our core values in an open letter to the Mountaineer Family. 

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We want to hear from you.

We have set up a form where you are welcome to share your personal experience at West Virginia University or as an alumnus in your community. We welcome your feedback as we work toward change and healing.

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WVU NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

West Virginia University, with its statewide institutional presence, resides on land that includes ancestral territories of the Shawnee, Lenape (Delaware), Haudenosaunee (Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, Tuscarora), Cherokee, and many other Indigenous peoples.

In acknowledging this, we recognize and appreciate those Indigenous nations whose territories we are living on and working in. Indigenous peoples have been in the land currently known as West Virginia since time immemorial.

It is important that we understand both the context that has brought our university community to reside on this land, and our place within this long history.

We also recognize that colonialism is a current ongoing process, and as scholars seeking truth and understanding, we need to be mindful of our present participation in this process.

(Developed Fall 2019 w/input from NAS Committee members, especially Dr. Charlotte Hoelke, and after NAS Program consultation with tribes, to be read at NAS public events and included in NAS syllabi, and shared with others, including WVU Humanities Center, Morgantown Human Rights Commission, et al. This statement can and should be modified as circumstances dictate, to be as inclusive, relevant, and accurate as possible. Bonnie M. Brown, NAS Coord.)