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WVU's Division of Diversity Hosts Meeting on Charleston's West Side

PBS NewsHour/Sam Weber
Reverend Matthew Watts

The West Virginia University Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion held a meeting Thursday in Charleston’s West Side neighborhood.

The visiting scholars met with the Charleston community to discuss how they can help lift more African American neighborhoods in West Virginia out of poverty. Better education, more affordable housing, and job training-  these all have the power to impact the underlying causes of crime and improve neighborhoods like Charleston’s West Side.

West Virginia University’s David Fryson heads the WVU Division of Diversity and helped lead the discussion at the Grace Bible Church.

"We have a groundswell that can be used, not only in West Virginia, but around the nation," Fryson said. He and others at WVU will be working to assist this community revitalization project by evaluating the work the group has done.

"So right now it's not really a funding mechanism, but it opens the door for us to work together to look at possible funding."

West Side Revive is a revitalization project headed up by Matthew Watts, who is also the pastor at Grace Bible Church where the event Thursday was held.

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