The campus community at UVa-Wise is representative of a variety of cultures and ethnicities. As a community of learners, we seek to appreciate and respect the diverse cultures and backgrounds, including geographic, socioeconomic, sexual orientation, and religion, of our students, faculty and staff. A diverse setting assists students in gaining an understanding of the value of education and the responsibility of citizenship which is critical to their successful acclimation in an ever-changing and complex world.
There are a variety of departments and initiatives at UVa-Wise that serve to further promote diversity education. Read below to learn more and for contact information should you have additional questions.
Disability Support Services
Disability Support Services at UVa-Wise works to assist all qualified students with disabilities in the pursuit of their educational objectives. We attempt to coordinate the students' needs with services and resources available within our college system, and to ensure accessible educational opportunities for students according to their individual needs. Our philosophy is that the individuals we serve are students first, and their disabilities are secondary. For more information about Disability Support Services visit the webpage or contact Whitney Wells, ADA Coordinator, at 276-376-0177.
Gender Issues Committee
The Gender Issues Committee at UVa-Wise is an interdisciplinary group of faculty that meets monthly to exchange, support, and cultivate new ways of engaging with LGBT/Q/Sexuality Studies across the disciplines and across institutions. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Rut Roman at 276-376-4561 for more information.
The Office of International Studies at UVa-Wise serves as the focal point for the development, supervision, and coordination of all international programs, activities, and services. Our goal is to promote better understanding of international issues by disseminating information on international opportunities, promoting courses abroad, providing support to international students on campus and developing an international outlook among students and staff. For more information, visit our website or contact Witold Wolny, Field Director, at 276-328-0287 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LGBTA Society of UVa-Wise
A student organization representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning/queer, and allied students, staff and faculty of The University of Virginia's College at Wise. We promote and advocate for acceptance of and protection for sexual minority students, as well as for gay rights in general. Membership will remain confidential. Contact faculty advisor Angie Harvey (276-328-0159) for more information.
Students from a variety of cultures add welcomed diversity to the campus of UVa-Wise. Students have opportunities for leadership development, academic and personal growth, added awareness of their own cultural histories, and the experience of enriching the knowledge of cultural and ethnic diversity to all. The Multi-Cultural Alliance (MCA) student organization is open to all students and offers the chance to share knowledge of cultures and traditions with the entire campus community. Trips, dinners and other campus events are only part of MCA's agenda for enriching the UVa-Wise campus environment. For more information, visit their website or contact advisor Sandra Jones at 276-328-0129.
Safe Zone is a group of faculty and staff members at UVa-Wise who agree to be emphatic and informed about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender issues on campus. Faculty and staff who display the Safe Zone logo in their offices and/or on their syllabi welcome conversations with any students who have concerns or questions regarding the GLBT population. For more information, contact Beth Tipton at 276-328-6826.