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Diversity Week

2021 Statler College Celebrates Diversity Week

Monday, October 11:

Hispanic Heritage Month

We, in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. We recognize achievements and contributions of our stakeholders and how they inspire others to achieve success!

Hear from those in the Statler College celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month:

"My Hispanic background has taught me that with dedication and hard work, everything in life is possible. My faith, loyalty, energy, and passion come from my Hispanic heritage, and I apply these traits every day in my personal and professional life while always maintaining a positive attitude towards everything I do.”
Pedro Mago, Glen H. Hiner Dean, Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources


"The possibility to contribute to the WVU community by helping students to achieve the best version of themselves through personal and professional development is what motivates me to make a difference at WVU. Looking forward to providing as much help as I can to the program."
Cesar Octavio Romo de la Cruz, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, West Virginia University

Statler College celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. Read more about Hispanic Heritage month at

Read more about the Hispanic Heritage Month at the Presidential libraries:

Presidential Proclamations

Indigenous People's Day

The Statler College celebrates Indigenous People's Day. Read more about Indigenous Peoples' Day at

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.

National Coming Out Day

On this October 11, National Coming Out Day continues to raise awareness and celebrate the liberation spirit of individuals within the LGBTQ+ community. Let's celebrate together!

Events through WVU LGBTQ community can be found on their website.

Tuesday, October 12:

Overcoming Barriers and Thriving in a Complex and Diverse Environment/Perspectives on Different Career Path

Join our alumni to engage in interactive discussions starting at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Distinguished panelists include:

Line-Audrey Nkule

Line-Audrey Nkule, Catepillar, Inc. - Originally from Cameroon (Central Africa), Line-Audrey Nkule moved to the United States in 2013 to further her university studies.

She graduated from West Virginia University in May 2018 with a Dual Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as a minor in Geology. While completing her degree, she secured a mining engineering internship with Freeport-McMoRan at the Bagdad Mine, as well as a sales management internship at Enterprise-Rent-A-Car.

She joined Caterpillar’s Mining Technical Development Program in July 2018 at the Tucson Mining Regional Office. As of now, she represents the company in the Commercial Mining Technology space, supporting other Caterpillar groups, Dealers and Customers.

Line-Audrey is a very active member of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) where she holds several leadership roles in the Young Leaders, Inclusion and Diversity and Mining and Exploration Committees. Outside of work, she enjoys music, soccer games, outdoor activities (i.e. hiking) and discovering new cultures.

Sabrina Ridenour

Sabrina Ridenour, General Motors - Sabrina Ridenour is a 2017 graduate of West Virginia University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a minor in vocal performance originally from Frostburg, Maryland. She is employed as a Controls Design Engineer at General Motors while pursuing her M.Eng. in energy systems engineering at the University of Michigan.

At General Motors, she works on developing charging software for all electric/autonomous vehicles. She participates in company culture initiatives including a reverse mentoring program to mentor executives and was requested to serve on her vice president’s inclusion advisory board to advance DEI within talent recruiting.

Ridenour has advocated for women in STEM through the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) in various collegiate and professional leadership positions throughout the last eight years. Most notably, she was selected to the 2016-2017 AAUW National Student Advisory Council in DC and has served as a guest speaker for conferences including TechConnectWV’s 2017 “Women Technology Conference” and SWE’s 2019 conference. In 2018, SWE-Detroit presented her with their top honor, the “Key Contributor Award”.

Ridenour hopes to continue inspiring the next generation of female engineers in many years to come just as her mom, also an engineer (like mother, like daughter), has done for her.

Andrew Gillette

Andrew Gillette - Andrew Gillette is a 2008 graduate of the West Virginia University Industrial and Management Systems Engineering program and currently lives in Orlando, Florida. In addition to his BSIE, Andrew has earned an MBA from the University of Florida and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute.

While at WVU Andrew interned and was hired as a Labor Analyst after graduation. He has held multiple roles with Workforce Management, Industrial Engineering, and Entertainment Operations. Currently, Andrew is a Proprietor of Entertainment Operations, and he leads a team of eight managers.

Andrew is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and passionate about creating inclusive environments that drive belonging, equity, and authenticity. Previously, Andrew served as the Executive Producer of Operations and a Board Member for Come Out With Pride Orlando.

Outside of work, Andrew can usually be found spending time with his partner and their dog, on the Peloton Leaderboard, at an Orlando City Soccer Game, or enjoying the attractions and live entertainment Orlando has to offer.

Wednesday, October 13:

Launching the Faculty-Staff Mentoring Program (web)

Thursday, October 14:

Launching the Junior Faculty Mentoring Program (web)

Friday, October 15:

Let’s do TEA (transform, educate, advance)!

Join us in the Engineering Sciences Building Annex atrium from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., for an informal meeting with the College Leadership Team and the members of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Announcement of Excellence in DEI Awards: Stay tuned to the Statler College social media channels.