WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 5, 2022 — West Liberty University’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) offers a variety of outreach to students and employees who need a place to share their thoughts, messages and concerns about issues found on today’s campus. One of these are Town Halls.
“The DEI Town Halls began this past week and welcomed students and employees to campus during an inclusive meeting, held in the Boyle Center, that offered a chance to meet in a relaxing format that allowed for discussion and sharing,” said Dr. Monique L. Akassi, who is Special Assistant to the President for DEI and Strategic Initiatives.
“The students really enjoyed the Town Hall and said they look forward to the next one. Students raised concerns and testimonies about feeling silenced and ways to break the silence on campus and increase their sense of belonging.”
The next DEI Town Hall will be a virtual offering and will take place at noon, Monday, Sept. 26. (A safe Zoom link will be shared in the near future with campus via email.)
“I want to offer a virtual concept as well as in-person meetings so we can cover all the bases and be sure to hear everyone’s voices as we discuss important topics of inclusion,” said Akassi.
Those who attended the first meeting included members of the President’s Cabinet and other staff members, along with students. Topics brought up included ageism, study challenges and feeling silenced.
“These meetings are truly judge-free zones where we can all discuss our needs and feelings in a safe, helpful way.”
The other DEI Town Halls planned for the fall semester are:
- Noon, Oct. 31
- Noon, Nov. 28