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William L. Peters LGBTQ+ Emergency Fund

The WVU LGBTQ+ Center is committed to enhancing and promoting the retention and academic success of LGBTQ-identifying students at WVU. To this end, we have created the William L. Peters LGBTQ+ Emergency Fund, established in honor of the late William “Bill” Peters, longtime benefactor and supporter of the WVU LGBTQ+ Center and the students we serve.

The William L. Peters LGBTQ+ Emergency Fund for LGBTQ+ undergraduate and graduate students is designed to assist those who experience unexpected and documented financial hardship that negatively impacts their academic life and progress. This program, managed by the WVU LGBTQ+ Center, is designed to assist those who cannot reasonably resolve their financial hardship through other financial or community resources.

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University Commitment to LGBTQ+ Inclusivity

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 in 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.

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Center for Women’s and Gender Studies

The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies is the home of the LGBTQ+ Minor. WGST is an academic unit offering a central location for discourse relative to the field of women’s and gender studies. We offer degrees in women’s and gender studies including majors, minors and graduate certificates. Through our network of over 100 faculty associates, we offer courses across the entire University. We offer or promote a wide array of opportunities to learn more about the many aspects of the field, including presentations, fireside chats, Scholars in Residence and more. We also offer scholarships and awards for students and faculty.

Center for Women’s and Gender Studies

LGBTQ+ Housing

West Virginia University’s LGBTQ+ and Gender Inclusive Living Community is named True Colors and is intended to be a safe, inclusive, comfortable and supportive community for students of all gender identities, sexual orientations and expressions. This community is designed for LGBTQ+ and ally students.

Housing Options

WVU Collegiate Recovery Program

The WVU Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) supports students in recovery by promoting a healthy, balanced, and meaningful life on campus. Through activities centered around health, wellness, adventure, community, service, and fun, the WVU CRP's goal is to provide the support and resources necessary for students to thrive in their recovery and develop meaning and purpose as they move forward in life.

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WVU LGBTQ+ Commission

The LGBTQ Commission seeks to assess and improve the climate for diversity, equity and inclusion within the WVU community by highlighting the contributions and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students, faculty, and staff.

More about the Commission

WVU Division of Diversity Equity and Inclusion

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion seeks to provide university-wide education, support, accountability and leadership on issues relating to diversity to the campus and community. We engage in advocacy, policy development, consultation and evaluation to create a more inclusive campus community. Through our work, West Virginia University seeks to be a national leader in understanding and addressing oppression: societal inequalities that affect access to, achievement by and inclusion of marginalized people. We are committed to fostering a community that is safe and affirming for faculty, staff, students and campus visitors.

Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Minor in LGBTQ+ Studies

The minor in LGBTQ+ Studies will critically examine the relationship between queer, sexual and gender identities, experiences, cultures, and communities in a wide range of historical and political contexts, and investigate the intersections with other social categories, such as race, ethnicity, class, disability, veteran status, national origin and religion.

LGBTQ+ Minor

WVU Carruth Center

Your time at WVU may be filled with transitions, self-exploration, and change. Our services and programs are designated to support you through these experiences, help you succeed in college, and guide you toward a more fulfilling life. We strive to provide these services in an atmosphere that is welcoming, comfortable, and multiculturally sensitive for all students, faculty, and staff.

Carruth Center

WVU LGBTQ Alumni Group

To promote, by organized effort, the interests and welfare of WVU; to encourage closer fellowship among LGBTQ, and allied alumni, former students, and friends of WVU. Our WVU alumni are key to our continued success. Alumni have helped organize for the establishment of the LGBTQ+ Center and continue to donate to our efforts to provide programming and resources to our students. Please consider joining LGBTQ+ alumni events and organizations to keep us all connected.

LGBTQ Alumni Group

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program

The West Virginia University Faculty and Staff Assistance Program is a free service offered to employees and their dependents. FSAP is a confidential resource that provides professional staff and a safe place to sort through problems and determine the best resources available to address them. If you need to talk, we’re here to listen. For an appointment call: (304) 293-5590.

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program

Women's Resource Center

The Women's Resource Center is designed to provide an inclusive environment where students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in programs, obtain resources and services, and engage in dialogue related to gender awareness and equity.

The WRC programs and services are for women and people of all genders that include lecture series, women’s leadership workshops, dating and domestic violence support, sexual assault advocates, resource libraries, newsletters, women’s health resources, celebrations of art and culture, and campus outreach events that promote gender equity and inclusion throughout West Virginia University.

Women’s Resource Center

LGBTQ+ Literature in Appalachia

Check out this incredible list of LGBTQ+ literature provided by WVU Libraries and WVU Press.

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Text Crisis Text Line

Text WVU to 741741. Reach a live, trained counselor. It is free, confidential, and 24/7.

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Financial Resources

Locating financial aid and scholarships can be tough, and there are often added obstacles for LGBTQ students. Fortunately, many colleges and organizations have stepped up to help.

Learn how to get financial help

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