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WVU's Diversity Week to focus on ethnicity

West Virginia University will celebrate Diversity Week Oct. 10-16, focusing on the theme “Cultural Conversations: Celebrating the Social Significance of Ethnicity” with more than three dozen events in a mixture of in-person and virtual formats.

Meshea L. Poore, Esq., vice president for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, will deliver the annual State of Diversity Address at the College of Law’s Fitzsimmons Event Hall at noon Tuesday, Oct. 12. The address will also be livestreamed on the College of Law’s YouTube channel.

“I look forward to updating our community on the status of WVU’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives,” Poore said. “It’s also imperative for us to look for our opportunities to improve and grow, individually and as an institution. As we prepare our students to participate as global citizens, it’s important that we help them become their best selves and give them the knowledge, skills and tools to navigate through and thrive in a diverse world.”

Participants can choose from a number of events where they can celebrate the diverse cultures they love or explore new ones that broaden their horizons. Asian and Indigenous films, Latinx poetry, Black life in Appalachian coal towns and how to be a male ally are among the week’s events.

Sponsored by various academic units, departments and student organizations, events will take place institution-wide, including at the campuses of WVU Potomac State College in Keyser and WVU Institute of Technology in Beckley.

Events include:

  • Petty Poetry, Oct. 10, 7 p.m., Mountainlair Rhododendron Room
  • IMPACTed by Words: Can Free Speech Cause Harm?, Oct. 11, 1 p.m., Zoom
  • Supporting Asian Americans: A Film & Panel Discussion, Oct. 11, 6 p.m. in the Mountainlair Gluck Theatre
  • The Harlan Renaissance: Stories of Black Life in Appalachian Coal Towns, Oct. 12, 5 p.m., Mountainlair Cathedral Room and Zoom
  • Songs on the Line: Music, Politics, and Humanitarian Crisis on the US/Mexico Border, Oct 12., 6 p.m. on Zoom
  • Misconceptions of Islam, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. in the Mountainlair Rhododendron Room
  • The International Human Right to Health, Oct. 13, Noon, MDTV Webcast
  • Indigenous Connections to the Night Sky: Indigenous Perspectives & Tales of the Maya Skies, Oct. 13, 7 p.m., WVU Planetarium, Pre-register
  • Fireside Chat: Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Matter—Addressing the News and Information Gap, Oct. 14, 4 p.m., Vantage Ventures, Pre-register
  • VOX: Exploring the Voice of Latina/o/x, Oct. 14, 6 p.m., Mountainlair Rhododendron Room
  • A Business Case for Globalization: The ROI for Ethnic Diversity, Oct. 15, 1:30 p.m., Zoom
  • Comedians with Disabilities, Oct. 15, 7 p.m., Mountainlair Blue Ballroom

See a complete schedule of Diversity Week events.



CONTACT: Sarah Lowther Hensley
Marketing and Communications Director
Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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