Diversity Outreach and Initiatives

West Virginia University strives to attract the best and finest—not only in recruiting its student population, but when filling staff and faculty positions. The University values a variety of perspectives, and those perspectives arise from a vast array of cultures, races, genders, religions, national origins, ages, physical and cognitive capabilities, military experiences and sexual orientations. 

The Division of Human Resources Talent Strategy team recognizes that diversity recruitment is not just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. To continually attract a diverse candidate pool, Talent Strategy has implemented a dedicated outreach program that seeks to establish and build networks with individual job seekers, community leaders, military service agencies, vocational rehabilitation facilities and professional organizations. Job opportunities are promoted through a variety of venues - community workshops, general and mock interview events, specialized job fairs, and social media, just to name a few.

Veterans Resources
West Virginia University is committed to the recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff and student body, fostering a climate that values differences and provides rich opportunities for professional development and learning. As a part of that mission, WVU has a continued commitment to promote opportunities to military veterans.  

Community Workshops
As part of the land-grant mission of the University, Talent Strategy outreach staff members are always ready to visit communities across the state to equip job seekers with the information they need to locate employment opportunities at WVU. Workshops are offered to help job seekers locate the WVU Human

Resources website, explore current job postings, determine position requirements as outlined in the job description, evaluate whether they meet the specific position qualifications, and to create an applicant profile, which will enable them to apply.

General/Mock Interviews
Outreach staff members regularly participate in job search activities hosted by local agencies and organizations that serve diverse constituencies. Past events have included participating in mock interviews and providing feedback to job seekers, conducting resume workshops, etc.  Diverse candidates have the option of participating in a “general interview” which is electronically attached to their profile to expedite the hiring process. Recruiters are subsequently notified when a candidate applies for a position. 

Specialized Job Fairs
West Virginia University hosts and participates in countless job fairs every year. Former customized outreach efforts have included employment events for veterans, persons with disabilities, flood relief, and several others. These job fairs and events give us another opportunity to increase general awareness of employment opportunities at the University. 

Social Media
The West Virginia University Division of Human Resources also participates in social media outreach. Our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts provide information and resources for those interested in the University and interested in employment. It’s also a great avenue to get in touch with the University when you have questions about employment.