EPA rollback of clean water regulations is good news for Appalachian region

A West Virginia University water expert believes there is good news in this week’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announcement repealing the 2015 rule that expanded the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. Jason Hubbart, director of the Institute of Water Security and Science at WVU, says the decision will put more control at the state level.

WVU to host WVSSAC-MVB Bank Opioid Awareness Summit

The WVSSAC-MVB Bank Opioid Awareness Summit is the kick-off event for a three to five-year Game Changer Initiative designed to help combat the state’s growing opioid epidemic. More than 8,000 high school students are expected to attend the summit with another 140,000 middle school and high school students given the opportunity to watch via live stream Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.

Poore to give WVU’s first State of Diversity address

WVU kicks off Diversity Week with its first “WVU’s State of Diversity” address by Vice President for the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Meshea L. Poore. Poore will provide a status report designed to highlight where we stand in our diversity and inclusion journey, celebrate accomplishments we have made as a Big XII institution while acknowledging the growth that we will continue to support and galvanize, along with the role each member of the Mountaineer family plays in ensuring that we have a campus that is welcoming, supportive and inclusive. Poore will be available for interviews immediately after her address.

WVU Diversity Week offers daily events

WVU’s annual Diversity Week endeavors to promote celebration, education, and understanding of different identities and experiences present on our campus. Each event highlights a particular aspect of identity and explores how it contributes to the rich tapestry of our campus.

Kids’ health roundtable series

The West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities and the West Virginians for Affordable Health Care will host a roundtable discussion for challenges and solutions to keep kids healthy during the opioid crisis.

STORY PITCH: Women outnumber men in WVU’s Law Class of 2022

For the first time in more than a decade, women in West Virginia University’s Law Class of 2022 make up more than half of the class, which also boasts higher academic credentials than previous years. WVU also welcomes self-identified minorities who make up eight percent of these students, one-third of whom are first-generation college students. Greg Bowman, dean of the WVU College of Law, said diversity in law delivers fairness in the justice system.

WVU LGBTQ+ Center ensures welcoming, inclusive culture across campus as school year begins

The West Virginia University LGBTQ+ Center offers a variety of Safe Zone trainings, resources, classes and events to advocate for members of the LGBTQ+ community. The Center is committed to helping provide a safe and inclusive campus for all students, while understanding that transgender students may arrive on campus already stressed and concerned about the potential for isolation.