West Virginia University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture by promoting diversity, inclusion, equality, and intercultural and inter-community outreach.

Accordingly, 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 in 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.

In keeping with this commitment, members of the academic community are expected to demonstrate civility and mutual respect for all persons as well as understanding and appreciation for all persons, to express that perspective in every dimension of the institution’s life and mission, and to work cooperatively, representing not only the interests of their own groups but also those of the wider community.

Enhancing Diversity

The Office of Research and Graduate Education is committed to enhancing the diversity of students in our graduate programs. We follow the National Institutes of Health categorization of diversity.

We practice this by seeking to recruit, admit, and retain students in the following three classes of diversity:

  • Class A: Individuals from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis;
  • Class B: Individuals with disability, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; and
  • Class C: Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. This includes but is not limited to, students who are first generation and that are from defined rural areas.


We survey our students on a regular basis to ensure that the Health Sciences Center provides a supportive and inclusive place for students to train and achieve their career goals. Know that your education and well-being are of foremost importance to us.


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