Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.13
Liaison Traci Knabenshue
Submission Date March 3, 2021

STARS v2.2

West Virginia University
PA-5: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Samuel Wilmoth
Title IX Education Specialist
Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked by the administration or governing body to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights?:
Yes

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
Both students and employees

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion seeks to provide university-wide education, support, accountability and leadership on issues relating to diversity to the campus and community. We engage in advocacy, policy development, consultation and evaluation to create a more inclusive campus community. Through our work, West Virginia University seeks to be a national leader in understanding and addressing oppression: societal inequalities that affect access to, achievement by and inclusion of marginalized people. We are committed to fostering a community that is safe and affirming for faculty, staff, students and campus visitors.

This work is actualized in a variety of ways, including:

Establishing and consulting with Diversity Committees and Task Forces

Hosting programming focused on both historical and contemporary issues of injustice

Developing advocates through training, presentations and facilitated dialogues

Collaborating with others on campus to understand campus climate, track changes based on our interventions and develop more effective outreach

Supporting campus and community partners in addressing diversity-related questions and challenges

Providing resources to protect the civil rights of each individual


Estimated proportion of students that has participated in that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:
Some

Estimated proportion of academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:
Some

Estimated proportion of non-academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:
Some

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

Staff members across the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offer a variety of training for members of the WVU community.
Some examples include:

Activating the potential of a diverse team

Addressing discrimination

Being an ally

Engaging bystanders to help others

Identifying abusive behaviors

Implicit Bias

Interacting across cultures

Promoting a diverse, inclusive working environment

Protecting children and minors on campus

Supporting survivors of power-based personal violence


Website URL where information about the institution’s diversity and equity office or trainings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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