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CCA Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Committee

The College of Creative Arts (CCA) Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity (DEI) Committee was formed in  November 2020 with its members nominated by the Dean.

The CCA DEI Committee is charged with undertaking the following set of actions on behalf of the entire College:

  • To identify needs within the College related to the experiences of underrepresented faculty, staff, and students.
  • To develop a plan-of-action to address the identified needs.
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of agreed-upon interventions & share successes with the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • To promote awareness of and engagement with issues related to identity within the College.
  • To serve as a resource for faculty, staff, and students.

Since first convening, the CCA DEI Committee drafted a mission statement and developed a climate survey for students, faculty, and staff that will be conducted in August 2021 with the goal of gathering actionable information that can be used to develop a strategic plan. 

CCA DEI Mission Statement

As part of a land-grant institution in the heart of Appalachia, the WVU College of Creative Arts Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity is dedicated to addressing historic and persistent practices of exclusion and inequality toward those who are actively marginalized based on race/ethnicity, age, dis/ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion.

By recognizing that the arts shape and are shaped by culture, we take it as our responsibility to use our artistic platforms to work toward an equitable environment for our students, staff, and the larger communities that we serve. Whether through visual art, theatre, dance, or music, we commit to recognizing our own implicit biases, fostering open and candid dialogues in the classroom and beyond, and dismantling persistent and harmful regional stereotypes in our concerted effort to create an equal and inclusive space for learning and growth.

The CCA DEI Committee is supported in its efforts by the WVU DEI Council and works in concert with unit-level committees within the College:

Chart explaining breakdown of organization for DEI Councils within WVU, the CCA, and the Schools and Art Museum

The CCA DEI Committee chair attends regular meetings of WVU’s DEI Council comprised of DEI committee representatives across all university campuses.

CCA DEI Committee members for academic year 2020–21

Hakeem Bilal (School of Music, faculty)
Hannah Davis (School of Music, undergraduate student)

J. Spenser Darden (campus liaison)

Hannah Freeman (School of Art & Design, faculty)
Radhica Ganapathy (School of Theatre & Dance, faculty)

James Goins, Jr. (campus liaison)
Shalya Marsh - (School of Art & Design, faculty)
Lamar Riddick - (School of Music, program assistant)
Raymond Thompson, Jr. (School of Art & Design, graduate student)
Todd J. Tubutis (committee chair, Art Museum of WVU, director)
Jennifer Walker (School of Music, faculty)

CCA Anti-Racism Statements

Dean Jackson: Black Lives Matter, A Call to Action
Dean Jackson: Asian Descent Anti-Racism Statement


WVU DEI Definitions
WVU LGBTQ+ Resource Packet (PDF)
WVU True Colors Community, Including Definitions 

WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources

WVU DEI Policies and Procedures
WVU DEI Resources and Training
Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Reporting Form (Qualtrics)
Title IX
Student Diversity Ambassadors Program

Resources from WVU Libraries

General Information and Resources from WVU Libraries
Books, articles and journals about the history of Asian American racism
DEI Books and Articles
Anti-Racism Reading List

Additional WVU Resources

WVU Inclusive Campus
WVU Peer Advocate Program
LGBTQ+ Center
International Students and Scholars Services
WVU Talent and Culture Wellness and Perks
Accessibility Services
First-Generation Student Initiatives
WellWVU Carruth Counseling Center
WVU Faculty Ombudsperson Office
WVU Student Clubs and Organizations

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