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As an academic hub, the ADVANCE Center works with faculty, staff and leaders to disrupt institutional inequities and serves all WVU departments as well as outside institutions to improve climate, culture and collaboration in working teams. Services include: 

  • Facilitation services and training 
  • Mentorship opportunities for faculty and graduate students
  • Change agent training
  • Customized department, unit, or group support 
  • Research on inclusivity among colleagues

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ADVANCE CHANGE agent course

Spots are still open to participate in the 2022-2023 ADVANCE Change Agent course to help ignite change at the individual, unit and institutional levels at WVU. If you would like to be considered to join the 2022-2023 ADVANCE Change Agent course, please email Amena Anderson at

Learn more about the Change Agent Course

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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 me ntoring, curriculum, discussion forums and workshops.

Register for free today

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

Read about Amena

Maja Husar Holmes

Chair and Associate Professor of Public Administration, WVU

ADVANCE Master Facilitator

Read about Maja
Susana Mazuelas Quirce

Susana Mazuelas Quirce

Research Fellow, ADVANCE

PhD Candidate, Higher Education, WVU

Read about Susana
Christi Rittenour

Christy Rittenour

Associate Professor, Communication Studies Department, WVU

ADVANCE Master Facilitator

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We accomplish institutional change through our main initiatives. The Dialogues process focuses on organizational improvements and team building. The ADVANCE Change Agent Course prepares participants for social justice leadership across the University. The Inclusive Hiring Initiative aims to attract and retain a more diverse WVU faculty.

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

Do you want to help your department find more diverse faculty members to help build a stronger, more inclusive WVU community and enhance the academic experience for students, fellow faculty and staff?

Learn more about the Inclusive Hiring Initiative

Schedule an informational meeting today!

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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