MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — There’s a place for you at WVU. That is the theme of West Virginia University’s Diversity Week which continues through Friday in Morgantown.
“When we bring students of diverse backgrounds on campus, they are almost unanimously surprised about how diverse WVU is,” said David Fryson, WVU’s chief diversity officer.
He helped kicked off Diversity Week at WVU’s Mountainlair Food Court on Monday. Events this week include the 26th Annual Women of Color Luncheon, an Indian Tarang Festival and a Native American Peace Tree Ceremony.
Fryson said the week is about different viewpoints.
“The reason we have diversity emphasis week is so that we can have these kinds of events where a multitude of people can come, because it really is a value to hear the other side,” he said.
“It really is a positive thing. Especially as the country becomes increasingly diverse, the perception, if not the reality, and I say that very strategically, of West Virginia is that it’s not a place that’s diversity friendly.”
The full schedule of Diversity Week events is available at http://diversity.wvu.edu.
Fryson was a guest on Monday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”