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Leadership and Mentorship Initiatives

Our programs develop student and faculty leaders, not only to ensure their academic and professional success but also to build fellowship and encourage more of our community to express their voices.

Academic STARS Program

Housed in the Center for Black Culture and Research, the Academic STARS program is designed for newly enrolled African American undergraduate students. The STARS program, which stands for Students Achieving and Reaching Success, helps these students develop an academic foundation on which they can build during their years in college and beyond.

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Contact Info

For more information on Academic STARS, contact the Center for Black Culture and Research.

CenterForBlackCultureAndResearch@mail.wvu.edu 
304-293-7029

Diversity Peer Academy

The Diversity Peer Academy pairs first-year Potomac State College students with peer mentors from the Black Student Alliance, Student Government Association, Honors Program, Honors Society and other student organizations. Participants are paired with a peer mentor of their identified gender but who is also from a different racial, regional, first-generation or socio-economic group.

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Black Student Alliance

Potomac State College students are invited to join this student organization.

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Faculty Mentoring Partnership

The purpose of this Health Sciences Center Faculty Development program is to provide an objective advisory relationship for faculty that will complement the existing academic structure.

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Health Sciences and Technology Academy

The Health Sciences and Technology Academy, known as HSTA, is a one-of-a-kind mentoring program in the state of West Virginia that helps participating high school students enter and succeed in STEM-based undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

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Leadership and Organization Development

Leadership and Organization Development, part of WVU Talent and Culture, offers WVU people leaders and staff the learning and development resources they need to enhance organizational effectiveness and positively impact engagement.

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M-Power

M-Power is a mentorship program that connects undergraduate students of color with each other and with faculty, staff and graduate students of color. M-Power provides experiences that foster critical thinking and develop trust while providing opportunities that affirm students’ own racial or cultural identities.

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Contact Info

For questions, contact J. Spenser Darden at jdarden@mail.wvu.edu or or Aisury Vasquez at amvasquez@mail.wvu.edu.

MLK Day of Service 2021: Integrating Allyship as a Catalyst for Change

This virtual engagement panel presentation hosted by the VISTA Collaborative, in partnership with the WVU Center for Service and Learning, drew 189 participants and exemplified WVU’s ongoing commitment to learning and taking courageous actions to create a more equitable and appreciative experience in our various workplaces, college campuses, classrooms and communities.

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Mountaineer Volunteer Program

Created with input from the Student Service Advisory Committee, the Mountaineer Volunteer Program (MVP) is a series of workshops that address the fundamental challenges to effective volunteering. MVP empowers students by providing, adapting and advancing diversified volunteer service experiences that enhance personal growth and civic-minded development.

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PAL Mentor Program

Peer Advisors for Leadership mentor first-year students and assist with the First-Year Leadership Academy, an opportunity for new students to discover their leadership style, enhance leadership skills build meaningful relationships and learn about campus resources.

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Social Action Clinic

The Social Action Clinic seeks to support social change through the use of structured clinics for community-driven students. In 2020, with guided assistance from a team of experts, the Clinic supported 10 creative and ambitious campus change projects affecting WVU and the surrounding community.

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Student Mentoring

The Office of Student Success offers mentoring programs for first-generation students, students of color, women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and any student who would like to be paired with a faculty or staff mentor.

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Undergraduate Research Mentoring

The Office of Undergraduate Research connects undergraduate students who have strong and committed interests in research and creative endeavors to faculty members, programs and research-related opportunities aligned with their interests.

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Women in Neuroscience Leadership Development Program

As is true in much of medicine and foundational science, women have been underrepresented in leadership roles, but the Women in Neuroscience Leadership Program will work to foster the development of current and future leaders. The program aims to improve the representation of women in leadership roles at WVU Medicine and in the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute.

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Women’s Leadership Initiative

The Women’s Leadership Initiative empowers women in leadership roles by providing them the tools, resources, development opportunities and professional networks that will enable them to reach their full potential. Currently, there are 222 WLI members, a mix of faculty, staff and administrators. Membership is initiated by nomination.

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