Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA)

West Virginia Space Grant Consortium (WVSGC) prioritizes efforts that create and support diverse environments and opportunities for the people who make up our community. We create an environment that welcomes, respects, and nurtures all students, staff, and faculty. We cultivate this inclusive environment by respecting and celebrating the diverse dimensions of people’s identities, particularly as those identities intersect in complex ways. We will continuously promote a culture of intellectual and personal growth for all.

WVSGC strives to make our programs accessible to all. We work via training, conversations, and other learning to stay aware of modern accessibility needs and the resulting accommodations. Please get in touch with us if you or someone you know needs access in a way, we are not aware, contact us.

Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government

On January 20, 2021, President Joe Biden signed Executive Order 13985 on advancing racial equity and support for underserved communities.  President Biden followed this action with Executive Order 14035 on June 25, 2021.  This order addresses diversity in federal fellowships and internships, and also expands the definition of underserved communities to include those in rural areas, first generation students and professionals, veterans, and others.

We are using these Executive Orders to inform our DEI efforts and to broaden the participation in our programs.