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Panel discussions continue with focus on defining community

Diversity panel discussion

The WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion's series of panel discussions exploring the structures of oppression and what it means to live in an equitable society continues on Tuesday, July 14, at 2:30 p.m. with "Insider/Outsider.”

What does it mean to be American? In 2020, the idea of who is, is not and who gets to be a part of "Us" has become a centerpiece in our conversation. In the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, Asians and Asian-Americans are being targeted by xenophobic attacks. In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, Black Americans are declaring that their lives, too, matter. And with the recent modification to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program policy, we are again forced to grapple with the question of who gets the privilege of belonging in the United States. 

As we continue to reflect on this truly landmark year, the conversation turns to defining our community, and the implications of so doing.

J. Spenser Darden, director of Diversity Initiatives and Community Engagement, will serve as moderator. 

Panelists include: 

  • International admissions counselor Gary Laruta

  • WVU College of Law professor William Rhee

Additional panelists are pending confirmation of their availability. 

Register for the upcoming panel discussion and access recordings of earlier discussions.