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Our Purpose

is to Help You Find Yours.

WVU is bringing all of our efforts together to ensure that every student, faculty and staff member can pursue their purpose — by establishing the very first Purpose Institute on any college campus.

More about the Purpose Institute

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Find Your Purpose and Fit

Share Your Story

If you would like to share your story of purpose, we’d love to hear it. You can click on the form below.

Interest Form

Meet a few of the Mountaineers who have found their calling and are now reinvisioning the future.

CJ Belknap

Associate Director of Adventure WV

“My DNA comes directly from these mountains — my purpose is making sure that I give back.”

CandIce Brown

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

“I hope to understand how the brain works — my purpose is researching brain disorders and passing that knowledge on.”

Marjorie Fuller

Director, The Center for Black Culture and Research

“Black culture centers are the grounding point for social justice — my purpose is to help all students discover their place.”

Marla Gladstone

Coaching and Teaching Studies Ph.D. Student

“I want people to see that diversity isn’t scary — my purpose is to drive social change in diversity in sport.”

Torey Wright

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Student

“I want to “engineer” engineering — my purpose is bringing together diverse voices to solve problems.”

Brian Chang

Director of the Robbins Center for Global Business and Strategy

“I’m a proponent of respect — my purpose is to bring students around the world to understand different perspectives.”

Jason Gross

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

“I enjoy seeing students pursue their passions — my purpose is to mentor the next generation of robotics leaders.”

Alex Jarvis

Program Specialist, WVU Veterans and Military Affairs Office

“The impact I have on students is the biggest thing — my purpose is to serve and connect our veteran and military students to WVU and help it feel like home.”