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Diversity Week

From Oct. 11 to 17, 2020, the Health Sciences community took part in a number of conversations, trainings and lectures during Diversity Week. These events aimed to celebrate the diversity across campus, as well as increase awareness about the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

While Diversity Week 2020 has concluded, our efforts around DEI will continue. Learn more about our values, our commitment, our plan and our actions on our Health Sciences Diversity site. You can also take action by registering for ongoing DEI training; by learning more about Community & Campus Resources; or by joining a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.

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The Health Sciences community is invited to participate in a social media campaign, #IAmWVUHealth, to celebrate and showcase the diverse backgrounds throughout the Health Sciences campuses. See the conversation.

Black infants die at almost twice the rate of white infants in West Virginia, a statistic nursed by racism and other adverse circumstances not only in the state, but across the nation. West Virginia University School of Public Health professor Lauri Andress is studying how chronic stress from living with racism and discrimination can lead to poorer health outcomes for Black mothers and their babies.

Protecting the rights of others, exposing discrimination through entertainment venues, sharing the anxiety of recovering from substance abuse disorder and recounting the personal experience of escaping a war-torn country through refugee camps are the social justice themes woven among the four speakers at West Virginia University’s 2020 Hardesty Festival of Ideas lectures.

Historic and systemic obstacles, made more pressing by the COVID-19 pandemic, mean current and prospective students from underrepresented groups often need financial help to start or continue their education at West Virginia University. The WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise scholarship support for students from these groups.

As the United States experiences mass racial unrest and nationwide protests, equity issues have become elevated in the American consciousness. And according to Erin McHenry-Sorber, an associate professor of higher education in the West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services, this reckoning with racial and economic inequity isn’t just happening in urban areas.

Hundreds of WVU students and WVU Medicine employees showed their support for racial equality June 8 during a "White Coats for Black Lives" event. The national organization aims to eliminate racism in the practice of medicine and recognizes racism as a threat to the health and well-being of people of color.

In a blog titled "Be the Light", Dr. Clay Marsh, Vice President and Executive Dean of Health Sciences, addresses the death of George Floyd and encourages Mountaineers to be leaders of positive change.

West Virginia University’s Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Meshea Poore and W.P. Chedester, chief of University Police, issued a joint letter to the Mountaineer family about the importance of fostering a safe, diverse and inclusive culture at WVU.