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Diversity Etiquette in the Online Space

Watch our inspiring Diversity Week session, "Exploring Diversity in the Online Space," featuring the remarkable Councilwoman Rosemary Ketchum. With her passionate dedication to the residents of Wheeling, WV, as their City Council representative, Rosemary has made history as West Virginia's first openly transgender public servant.

During this engaging conversation, we'll delve into the rich tapestry of diversity, explore the importance of recognizing biases, and discover how to foster inclusive and engaging experiences while embracing effective communication practices with our diverse online student community.

You Matter at WVU Online

WVU Online values the background and experiences of all students, faculty, and staff and strives to create a welcoming community where everyone feels comfortable to be who they are.

WVU Online is ‘One WVU’

As part of "One West Virginia University," WVU Online is guided by WVU’s mission calling for programs and services that

  • create a diverse and inclusive culture that advances education, healthcare, and prosperity for all;
  • provide access and opportunity;
  • advance high-impact research; and
  • lead transformation in West Virginia and the world, though local, state and global engagement.

WVU and WVU Online have a single mission: to provide a quality and affordable education. No matter who you are, or where you are, you’ll find your niche here.


Have you heard about Ally? This new eCampus tool for fall 2023 makes course content is accessible to everyone. With Ally, it’s easy to accommodate different learning styles and needs, using text for screen readers, alternative text for images, listening vs text files, electronic braille, and more!

Have you tried using Ally? If so, we want to hear from you! Contact us at

Learn more in this Ally FAQ or watch this video.

More about Ally at WVU Information Technology Services

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

– Board of Governors Rule 1.6

Two WVU graduates hugging at commencement.


Diversity is the range of human differences, including (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, color, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, (dis)ability, military/veteran status, religion, spirituality or ethical values system, socio-economic status, mental health status, language, culture, national origin, regional origin, associational preferences, and political beliefs.

LGBTQ card being held up in front of Woodburn Hall.


Equity refers to fair and just practices and policies that ensure all community members can thrive and that they have what they need to be successful. It is the consistent and systematic fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals.

Emily Renzelli sitting in a chair at the Mountainlair.


Inclusion is the recognition, appreciation, and use of the talents and skills of individuals of all backgrounds. It refers to a community where all members are respected, feel that they belong, and can achieve their potential.

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Occasionally a student will encounter an issue with an online course that he or she doesn’t know how to resolve. Should this occur, please visit the link below.

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