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RISE WVU creates opportunities for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and Students of Color) students to find a sense of belonging at WVU.  Our programming focuses on helping you build community and supporting you throughout your journey toward graduation.

RISE also collaborates with campus partners to offer various services and events to connect and unify diverse students with the broader campus community.


Good things are happening. Good things are happening to me. I deserve for good things to happen. All things are happening for my Good. - Developed by Spring 2019 cohort.


We want to see Black, Indigenous and Students of Color thrive and succeed at WVU! 

These five goals for our participants guide our program:

  • Frame meaningful mentorships that will bring out your best self – intellectually, culturally and professionally.
  • Implement good study habits, improve time management skills, learn best practices for notetaking, and discover strategies to help you succeed at the college level.  
  • Reflect on your growth and encourage you to explore your assumptions, values and beliefs. 
  • Weigh the value of securing a degree and utilize cultural capital to transition through the academic rigors of college.
  • Connect to resources, services and programming across WVU and forge stronger connections among your peers.


Niara Campbell

Program Coordinator

Gage Smith

Graduate Service Assistant

Aniya Sebens

Student Assistant


You can help make sure every student of color at WVU has a safe space to build confidence, meet friends, succeed academically, and find purpose through RISE WVU. Consider supporting this program through the WVU Foundation.

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