At Health Sciences and all across West Virginia University, we're focused on fostering a more inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff that extends across the University and beyond.
We stand in solidarity with our Asian and Asian American communities after the recent acts of violence and racism.
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All across the Health Sciences campus, we value diversity, equity and inclusion. We’re taking action in a number of ways to create the best experience possible for individuals from all walks of life — from admissions and hiring to coursework and campus recreation.
We’re assessing procedures concerning DEI principles, as well as focusing on strategic recruitment and sharing best practices for search committees and outreach. Once our students, faculty and staff are here, we want to make sure they feel welcome. To do that, we’re identifying and implementing DEI resources and programming for the Health Sciences community, both on and off-campus. We’re also creating new welcome materials and processes to ease the transition for new faculty, staff and trainees from the international community.
We’re creating learning opportunities that provide for delivery of inclusive healthcare practices, and increasing examples of underrepresented individuals into clinical cases, OSCEs and patient counseling activities. We’re also connecting the student organizations on campus — Multicultural Association of Students in Healthcare; Minorities Aspiring in Health Professions; Student Healthcare Alliance for Promoting Equality; Student National Medical Association — to create a mentorship pipeline, so they have a ready-made support system.
We’re bringing more diverse speakers to seminars and workshops. We’re participating in a number of training opportunities to raise awareness of implicit bias, microaggressions and more. We’re using inclusive language, as well as reviewing course syllabi for regulatory body DEI policy and inclusive language. We're also elevating those who are underrepresented in leadership roles.
We know we have many areas surrounding DEI in which we can improve. But we also want to highlight some of the ways we're progressing along the way.
Let’s go... together.