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As an academic hub, the ADVANCE Center works with faculty, staff and campus-wide leaders to disrupt institutional inequities and promote inclusive policies that sustain and grow a thriving culture and climate University-wide. It was established in 2010 by WVU’s receipt of an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award.

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National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

make the most of resources designed for faculty, grad students and postdocs

As a member of NCFDD, WVU faculty have access to on-demand mentoring, curriculum, discussion forums and workshops.

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In an effort to continue addressing racism and inequality, we have launched a new initiative to enhance the diversity of ideas and people across our campuses.

Read more about the Inclusive Hiring Initiative

Meet our Team

The ADVANCE team brings together a passionate group of interdisciplinary scholars who are committed to promoting social justice and creating lasting change in all institutional levels across WVU and beyond.

Meet the full team
Amena Anderson

Amena Anderson

Assistant Professor of Practice 

Assistant Director of the WVU ADVANCE Center

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Spencer Darden

J. Spenser Darden

Director, Diversity Initiatives and Community Engagement

Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Read about Spenser
Susana Mazuelas Quirce

Susana Mazuelas Quirce

Research Fellow, ADVANCE

PhD Candidate, Higher Education

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Christi Rittenour

Christy Rittenour

Associate Professor, Communication Studies Department

Faculty Associate, Women’s and Gender Studies

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We accomplish institutional change through two main approaches. The Dialogues process focuses on organizational improvements and team building and the ADVANCE Change Agent Course prepares participants for social justice leadership across the University.

Are you a chair or unit leader seeking to improve communication, collaboration and overall job satisfaction in your department, unit or group? Looking for a stronger organizational climate and culture? Need help solving an internal problem?

Learn more about Dialogues

Are you interested in becoming part of a growing network ready to engage in a personal and institutional transformation? Are you ready to become a social justice leader?

Learn more about the Change Agent Course

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Several elements came together in that class meeting to help me shift from accepting the status quo toward an intention for liberatory action...These elements combined with my current leadership position allowed me to conceptualize specific action steps and collaborative partners that I intend to engage in order to move toward a more equitable future.

Reagan Curtis