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RISE WVU creates opportunities for traditionally underserved and underrepresented students to find place at WVU. Our students' experiences are centered in our programing to build an academic community and increase persistence towards graduation.

We collaborate with campus partners to offer various services and events to connect and unify diverse students with the broader campus community.

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Connect and Foster Unity

Black Love Day Celebration

Rise WVU will host its 5th Annual Black Love Day Celebration with a cocktail hour, facilitating meaningful dialog about building Black Self-Love for WVU's students and community Monday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. 

Black Love Day was founded by Nya Akoma on Feb. 13, 1993, as an alternative to Valentine’s Day. This nationally commemorated African American holiday has the spiritual goals of encouraging black self-love instead of self-hatred, increasing peace to stop violence and facilitating racial healing.  
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BLD 2023

The Quad: Living Learning Community

Your home away from home awaits! Live in a place prioritizing cultural connection and academic support for students of color. Residents participate in exclusive events and activities centered around Engagement, Academics, Personal Development and Service.     

Learn more about The Quad


Build Your Brand.

RISE First-Year Seminar Course

Fulfill your first-year seminar requirement with us! Students will meet once a week with a RISE advisor and fellow RISE students to assist in the transition to WVU and provide information about campus resources.

This 2-credit course is offered in the fall terms.

Interest Form Fall 2023

RISE University Mentoring Course

Want to connect with a faculty or staff member? Take the University Mentoring course and earn credit for engaging in meaningful dialogue with a mentor. Students will work in a small group setting led by WVU faculty and staff to explore topics that support healthy professional and personal development.

This 1-credit course is offered in the fall and spring terms. Recommended for upperclassmen and transfer students.

Interest Form Spring 2023  Volunteer to be a Mentor

RISE Success Coaching

Meet one-on-one with our graduate assistant to enhance your academic success by focusing on time management, note taking, reading, and study skills. 

This service is offered during all academic terms.

Request Success Coaching

Rise With Us

Meet Us

Meet our student leaders at our RISE Advocate events (The Parleys), general body meetings, and off campus trips. Check out our RISE Advocates Page.

Connect With Us

For more information on events, programming, or departmental approval for courses, please contact: Niara Campbell at 304-293-2048 or email