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DEIA Initiative

At the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, we aim to enhance the quality of higher education and promote a fruitful and productive work environment by placing diversity, equity and inclusion as a top priority across all functions of the College. A diverse body of faculty and staff are essential in providing academic excellence in teaching, mentoring, research and service to our diverse students.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are integrated into our fundamental values and are reflected in our daily activities and outcomes. As such, the College has created the Statler Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, to honor the worth of every individual and sustain an environment where all people are encouraged to succeed and excel. The Statler College recognizes diversity, equity and inclusion as follows:

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Diversity is strength. We commit to not only increasing, but also promoting social and cultural characteristics that provide perspective and enhance innovation that transcends race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious beliefs, age, (dis)ability status, political status and veteran status.


We all work together to ensure fair treatment, equal opportunities and advancements of our students, faculty and staff, we ensure that everyone has the tools they need to achieve their fullest potential. By understanding the root causes that have led to the unbalanced conditions and mistreatment of historically underserved and underrepresented populations, we can strive to identify and eliminate the barriers that prevent equal opportunity for all persons. One WVU.


We are committed to ensuring that our campus is a place where students, faculty and staff with different identities are being welcomed, valued and promoted. We are committed to creating empowering and collaborative environments in which any individual or group can feel comfortable to share ideas and perspectives to guarantee the best possible outcome of any pursuit; our differences are our strengths.


We are committed to ensuring that our campus is a place where students, faculty and staff, including people with disabilities, are being welcomed, valued and promoted. We are committed to consistently designing, constructing, developing, and maintaining facilities, technology, programs, and services from the onset so that all people, including people with disabilities, can fully and independently use them.

NAS WVU Native American Studies Land Acknowledgement

WVU, with its statewide institutional presence, resides on land that includes ancestral territories of the Shawnee, Lenape (Delaware), Haudenosaunee (Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, Tuscarora), Cherokee, and many other Indigenous peoples.

In acknowledging this, we recognize and appreciate those Indigenous nations whose territories we are living on and working in. Indigenous peoples have been in the land currently known as West Virginia since time immemorial.

It is important that we understand both the context that has brought our university community to reside on this land, and our place within this long history. We also recognize that colonialism is a current ongoing process, and as scholars seeking truth and understanding, we need to be mindful of our present participation in this process. For more information visit the WVU Program for Native American Studies.