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University of Charleston President Marty Roth.

It is far too common today for our differences to be magnified in ways that pull us apart. This does not need to be so.

You may be surprised to learn that the most diverse college in the state of West Virginia is right here in Charleston. How diverse can the University of Charleston (UC) be you may ask. After all, Hoppy Kercheval recently shared in the Gazette-Mail that West Virginia ranks third among states in the nation in the percentage of white people – 89.8% according to the 2020 U.S. census. Well, in our most recent academic year, 25% of UC’s students were black, Hispanic, Asian, or reported as non-white another way. About one quarter were low income, and a similar percentage were first generation college attendees. And UC became the education home for students from over 40 states and 50 countries.

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Marty Roth is President at the University of Charleston.

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