It is with great joy to formally announce the birth of the WVU Center for Resilient Communities in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. The purpose of our emergent Center is to serve scholars, grassroots leaders and students in West Virginia who are working to create more equitable and just communities.
Our principle means of achieving that purpose is delivering educational programs, fellowships and collaborative action research in support of social, economic and environmental justice.
The establishment of the WVU Center for Resilient Communities has been made possible through shared vision and our generous partnership with the One Foundation.
The One Foundation is a family foundation that partners with individuals and organizations to build and lead enterprises that regenerate community, the planet and self. The One Foundation develops deep partnerships with people and enterprises working for positive social change in West Virginia and Central Appalachia.
Describing the urgency of our shared vision for a center based at WVU, Marz Attar, founder of the One Foundation, has stated:
“The world is in crisis. We need one another to vision together, to creatively imagine, to collaboratively strategize and to take action to heal our communities. To achieve this unity of thought and action, we need love, sacrifice and to share our gifts with those who seek.”
Sharing essential wisdom that captures intent of the Center’s collaborative action research vision, Attar continues: "In order to serve appropriately, we must begin with attention to the ground to understand the root causes of disharmony, hardship and the realities facing our communities.”
We are inspired by our growing partnership with the One Foundation. With their committed support, we will work hard to expand our community of practice across West Virginia and the Appalachian region. For their partnership, rooted in a desire for positive systemic change at the grassroots, we are grateful.