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Self-Identify Race and Ethnicity

At West Virginia University, we are committed to fostering a safe, diverse, and inclusive community for our students, faculty and staff. To this end, we have implemented several programs and initiatives aimed at promoting diversity, equity and inclusion,and intercultural and intercommunity outreach. However, we also recognize there is much more work ahead of us.

To help assess our diversity and inclusion efforts to date and identify opportunities for improvement, West Virginia University is inviting you to self-identify your race and/or ethnicity. 

Self-identification is completely voluntary and will not affect your opportunity for employment or the terms or conditions of your employment. Further, your self-identification information will be kept confidential and used only for reporting purposes and to measure the effectiveness of our efforts to recruit, advance and retain a diverse workforce.

To self-identify your race and/or ethnicity, visit and log in using your WVU credentials. Then follow the steps below:

1.     Select the “MyHR” tab.

2.     Select “Race & Ethnicity.”

3.     Enter your information and select “Submit.”

 Note: If you are attempting to log into the Portal remotely, you must use the remote VPN service.

As required by law as an Affirmative Action employer and federal contractor, we collect this information at several points in your West Virginia University career (e.g., during your employment application and during new employee onboarding).

If you choose not to self-identify your race/ethnicity, the federal government requires the University to determine this information by visual survey and/or other available information.

For more information about West Virginia University’s efforts and to access additional resources, visit the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website. If you need help completing the self-identification process, contact WVU Shared Services at 304-293-6006 or email

Thank you for doing your part to help West Virginia University learn more about our campus community and further our commitment to diversity.


 Cris DeBord's Signature

Cris DeBord 

Vice President, Talent and Culture