Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
The Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) aligns their policies and practices with our One WVU statement.
"At WVU we celebrate that we’re made up of Mountaineers from all walks of life.
West Virginia University will be known for honoring the worth of every individual and sustaining an environment where all people are encouraged to achieve their full potential."
Also, the Division is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the CSD professions through inclusive practices in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Examples include the recruitment and retention of students from diverse and under-represented backgrounds as well as holistic graduate admissions. In alignment with the Council of Academic Accreditation for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA), we stand committed to decreasing biases by decentering our curricula and utilizing patient-centered clinical practices, which will guide students, faculty, and staff to examine and value perspectives different from their own.
As outlined in Board of Governors Rule 1.6, West Virginia University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture by promoting diversity, inclusion, equality, and intercultural and intercommunity outreach. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, marital or family status, pregnancy, veteran status, service in the uniformed services (as defined by state and federal law), religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or gender expression in the administration of any of its educational programs, activities, or with respect to admission or employment.
To better support all members of our community, please find below several key resources:
- The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offers university-wide support and resources for faculty, staff and students, while the diversity team within Health Sciences offers additional resources.
- Additional offices or initiatives that provide support to members of the WVU community include the following:
- Accessibility Services (students with temporary or permanent disabilities)
- ADVANCE Center
- Center for Black Culture and Research
- Center for Excellence in Disabilities
- Center for Women's and Gender Studies
- FirstGen (first generation students)
- Global Affairs (international students and scholars and sponsored students)
- LGBTQ+ Center
- Mountaineer Bunker (student veterans, armed forces personnel, and dependents)
- RISE WVU (Black and Latinx students)
- Women's Leadership Initiative