WVU Diversity Week offers variety of virtual events

West Virginia University’s annual Diversity Week (Oct. 11-16), while an online event, will broach the subjects of justice for indigenous peoples, people with disabilities and people in the LGBTQIA+ community from its daily keynote speakers and student panels that explore intimate partner violence preventions, Hispanic and Latinx student issues, the Black Lives Matter movement and student advocacy.

WVU Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Meshea L. Poore’s State of Diversity address is slated for Thursday (Oct. 15).

In addition, the Hardesty Festival of Ideas will host speaker W. Kamau Bell at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 via Zoom.

“We will miss the in-person interactions Diversity Week usually brings,” Diversity Outreach Coordinator Aisury Vasquez said. “But in some ways moving things on-line will make these events more accessible than ever. Now students, faculty and staff from all WVU campuses can participate, as well as alumni and the broader community. We appreciate the many events being planned and organized by campus partners. Our campuses are engaging in these important conversations in creative ways.”

Diversity Week is designed to create an atmosphere that provides the WVU community the opportunity to explore different cultures, engage in discussions that bring new perspectives, and celebrate the presence of, and contributions made by, people of all identities and experiences.

See a full list of events celebrating diversity, equity and inclusion on WVU’s campus.

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