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Educate and engage initiative identifies and offers strategies to promote integration and belonging and to encourage and cultivate personal and professional growth of our stakeholders.

Selected events:

Sharon Flanery Virtual Panel discussion: “Work-life balance strategies and how to be successful while multitasking professional and family life.” Featuring: WVU alumna Sharon Flanery
April 27, from 5-6 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Sharon Flanery is a member of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in its Charleston, West Virginia office, where she chairs the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Department and serves on both its Executive Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She concentrates her practice in energy and natural resources law, including oil and gas, coal, coalbed methane, midstream, and renewables. As a petroleum engineer with both an operating and legal background in the energy industry, she brings real-world experience to her law practice.

Her experience includes acquisitions and divestitures, mineral leases, joint ventures, contract mining agreements, joint operating agreements, sales agreements, and gathering, transportation, and processing agreements. In addition, Flanery has substantial experience in land and legal due diligence associated with energy transactions and in the legislative and regulatory arenas. Sharon’s broad legal, business, and operating background also extends to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues in the energy industry and includes extensive work in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Flanery is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of energy, mining, natural resources, and oil and gas law. She is also recognized by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in the natural resources field.

Kasi Jackson

Statler College Engagement Initiatives:

J. Kasi Jackson's Lecture Series

J. Kasi Jackson is an expert in inclusive pedagogies, feminist science studies and the design of faculty development programs including mentorship and facilitation to achieve inclusive decision making at the department level. Since its inception, Jackson has been an integral member of the WVU ADVANCE team, having served as an associate director of the Center and co-investigator on the original National Science Foundation grant in 2010. She also has served as one of the Center’s primary facilitators since 2010 and as a master facilitator, training others in the ADVANCE processes and techniques. Jackson designed and implemented one of the Center’s most impactful signature programs, the external sponsorship program, which provided funding for faculty to collaborate with external mentors on high-profile projects. She is also a professor in the WVU Center for Women's and Gender Studies, for which she administers the Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate.

March 4, 12- 1 p.m. Register for the meeting.

  • This is a 60 minute interactive workshop geared towards graduate students. Students will learn how to cultivate a developmental network of mentors. The specific tips and pointers are grounded in the research on which practices lead to successful completion of graduate degrees and professional, industry or faculty careers. Student will leave the workshop with a list of resources-including membership in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, a draft of a developmental network, greater understanding of different kinds of mentors and an action plan to access what one needs now to thrive at WVU.

January 24, 12- 1 p.m.