Letter from the Dean
The West Virginia University Honors College remains steadfast in our goal of providing all of our students with an environment in which they can thrive throughout their educational journey and equipping them to meet the academic, societal and professional hurdles they may encounter. We focus our attention on fostering a multicultural environment, promoting cultural proficiency, and aspiring higher in our commitment to our mission and values. As a result of this attention, we have launched initiatives to support our students and reaffirm our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Some of these initiatives include:
- the creation of two affinity groups, the Honors Students of Color Affinity Group and the Honors LGBTQ+ & Allies Affinity Group;
- the addition of a diversity module into our first-year seminar course; and
- the expansion of the number of Honors Ambassadors who are reflective of our entire student composition.
Despite our progress, we know that we must continue to do more and work even harder. We want the Honors College to be a place where every student can lead, explore, build and work together to their fullest potential.
Our vision will not happen overnight. For this reason, like our students, we, too, are on a journey to make our vision a reality because our community is stronger when we foster, support and celebrate its diversity.
Our journey requires our collective action. Please join me in reading, thinking, interacting with others unlike ourselves, challenging our and other’s beliefs, and holding each other accountable. At the same time, please join me in being kind, patient, persistent, empathic and loving towards one another. Our journey will require hard conversations that may make us uncomfortable. In doing so, we will reflect and evaluate harsh criticism of our words, actions and beliefs. By taking this journey, we will undoubtedly grow.
I am thrilled to be on this journey with the Honors College students, staff and faculty. Knowing that Honors College students will be leaders on campus, off campus and beyond makes the journey particularly rewarding because our work here and now will positively impact our society as well.
I look forward to stepping forward together.
Kenneth P. Blemings, PhD
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at WVU & Honors
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Taskforce
- The Honors College Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Taskforce is working to create and implement solutions to foster the success of all Honors students. Read more about this taskforce.
- Current Initiatives
- The Honors College is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic, co-curricular and cultural experience for all of our students. Visit this page to learn more about our efforts.
- Indigenous Land Acknowledgement
- WVU Resources
- Visit this page for a list of key resources available to support WVU students.
- Diversity in Honors Education
- Interested in learning more about diversity in Honors education? Visit this page for links to academic literature about this important topic.
- At the Honors College
- At West Virginia University
- RISE WVU
- Rise WVU creates opportunities for Black, Latinx, and other diverse students to build an academic community and persist towards graduation. Rise WVU collaborates with campus partners to offer various services and events to connect and unify underrepresented students with the broader campus community.
- M-Power is a mentorship program for students of color and part of an ongoing partnership between the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Athletics, RISE-WVU, the LGBTQ+ Center and Student Engagement & Leadership.
- Student Organizations
- WVU offers a wide variety of student-run organizations students can join. Students can also start new organizations.