Diversity & Inclusion

Integrity. Respect. Encouragement.

As a Christ-centered institution of higher learning, Bluefield University is a diverse community characterized by integrity, mutual respect, support, and encouragement. In accordance with this core value, we strive to exemplify Christ’s teachings of compassion and inclusivity which are key to living out His mission and purpose.

At Bluefield, our faith and values guide our understanding of the complex diversity of God’s creation as we prepare our students for service and leadership in the global community. The University is committed to creating equal access to educational opportunities for historically underserved populations. We know that our differences enhance and challenge us in new and inventive ways when we work together to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in all of its facets.

Available Services

  • Group training and education opportunities for students, faculty, and staff
  • Awareness activities and exercises such as forums, focus groups, and listening sessions
  • Consultation and collaboration with campus stakeholders
  • Incident reporting
  • Referral services to other campus service providers (Campus Safety, Counseling & Wellness, HR)

The Coordinator for Belonging, along with the Diversity and Multicultural Initiatives Committee, seek to engage the Bluefield community in multicultural curricular and co-curricular development while promoting a variety of campus events that enhance cross-cultural initiatives and celebrate the diversity of God’s creation. This supports the University’s mission of developing servant leaders to impact the world.

Contact Sherelle Morgan, Coordinator for Belonging, at [email protected] or 276.326.4305 to schedule a group training or awareness activity.

Bluefield University is committed to creating and sustaining a campus community where people of all backgrounds can thrive. If you (or someone you know) have experienced a situation that has affected your opportunity to do so, please let us know.

Students, faculty, and staff can report incidents of bias, cultural insensitivity, harassment, discrimination, or social injustice by contacting Sherelle Morgan via email at [email protected], by phone at 276.326.4305, or by submitting the form below. Your incident report can be made anonymously.

Diversity and Multicultural Committee Members

Sherelle Morgan, Committee Chair
Office: 276.326.4305
[email protected]
Alan Smith
Office: 276.326.4274
[email protected]
Caroline Dixon
Office: 276.326.4594
[email protected]
Brandy Smith
Office: 276.326.4307
[email protected]
Dr. Richard Farmer
Office: 276.326.4605
[email protected]
Tonia Walker
Office: 276.326.4316
[email protected]
Zoe Laney
Office: 276.326.4256
[email protected]
Dr. Maria Zalduondo, Ex Officio
Office: 276.326.4271
[email protected]

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231