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WVU to celebrate diversity with annual Women of Color Luncheon

Meshea Poore feature

The Women of Color Luncheon is Wednesday, October 11 at 11:30 a.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. 

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West Virginia University will celebrate diversity October 7-14. Diversity Week, sponsored by the WVU Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is an annual week-long event providing opportunities for those on and off campus to come together in unity to celebrate the rich diversity within campus.

During Diversity Week, I hope students, faculty, staff and community come away with an increased knowledge of difference,” said sociology professor Daniel Brewster, who previously co-chaired the luncheon and planning committee, “I hope they understand the role each of us play as Mountaineers in creating a diverse and inclusive community.”

This year marks the 30th annual Women of Color Luncheon, one of many events planned during Diversity Week. The luncheon will be held October 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. During the luncheon, this year’s theme for Diversity Week, “One Mountaineer Family”, will be recognized. The luncheon is hosted by WVU’s Council of Women’s Concerns, which is celebrating its 40th year at WVU. 

“Diversity represents the consciousness that our differences are as important and maybe more so than our similarities,” said Brewster. 

This year at the luncheon, the keynote speaker is Meshea Poore. Poore served in the West Virginia House of Delegates from 2009-2014. 

Poore earned her bachelor’s degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., law degree from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is a graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. She is a former adjunct professor at West Virginia State University. 

Additionally, she served as a faculty member at the Center FOR American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, and will serve as a CAWP New Leadership faculty member at Gonzaga and Villanova Universities.

Earlier this year, Poore was installed as president of the West Virginia State Bar, becoming the first African-American woman since the 1947 inception of the Bar to hold the position

Tickets for the luncheon are $18 per individual, and reservations can also be made for table of eight or 10. Limited seating is available.

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