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Black History Month

Learn About the Experiences of Black Students at WGU

Every student is unique. We believe that your educational experience should be as unique as you are. We celebrate the differences in our students because we know that diversity brings strength—it's why we endeavor to be the most inclusive university in the world. WGU is bridging the gap between talent and opportunity.

We aim to recognize, support, and amplify students' voices while creating greater pathways to opportunities for students across the country. This focus drives us to offer high-quality, equitable higher education that is accessible regardless of your location or background. By putting degree opportunities within reach and improving access to learning, we advance equity for every student.

Join us as we celebrate Black History Month, and recognize how students and employees are making a difference in their communities around the country.

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Dr. Haynes Story

Dr. Eduardo (Ed) Haynes, a Lead People Development Partner for the Learning Development and Organizational Development Team in People Development, is one such person who strives to use the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) in his role at the university.

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Katherine's Story

For WGU graduate Katherine Taylor, the path to success was neither easy nor the result of a lucky break.  Like most meaningful success stories, Katherine’s ascent came about from hard work and perseverance.

A Message From Jason Thompson

"Selma, Alabama, is the site of one of the most powerful bridge crossings in the history of the United States. In 1965 John Robert Lewis almost lost his life during the Bloody Sunday march on that bridge, which peaceful Civil Rights demonstrators crossed to reach Alabama’s state capitol. In the decades that followed, Lewis worked tirelessly to make sure that bridge stayed open – literally and figuratively – for everyone. 
During Black History month, we pause to honor and recognize our Black leaders who continuously champion equity and inspire opportunity. At WGU, we strive to bridge inequity by opening access to education and changing the lives of our students for the better."
–Jason Thompson, Vice President
Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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Sarah's Story

Sarah Williams overcame many obstacles to become a nurse. After earning her BSN from WGU, she has made it her mission to help others overcome their own struggles.

"Being multiracial and as a male nurse, I never saw it as any kind of negative. It was always kind of nice. I think patients and staff and people appreciated having people of different background in those fields. Patients want to see nurses that look like them. You have underrepresented minorities in that field, but then the patient population of people who are sick needing the help are those minorities. So to be sick and in the hospital and see your nurse that looks like you, that's comforting. That's really good. So we need as many minorities and people of different backgrounds entering the field as we can."
–Zack Johnson, MSN
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Rashaan's Story

Rashaan Green was told "you can't" and dropped out of high school. But with hard work, he earned a bachelor's and master's degree through WGU. Today, Rashaan is a Cyber Information Assurance Analyst in the aerospace and defense industry.

Featured Articles

Kwesi and Tania and their two children Kaleb and Kharon

Four family members, seven degrees, one university

4 family members. 7 degrees. 1 university. The Williams family is the perfect example of how Western Governors University can not only change the life of a person, but of an entire family.

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Fusing dance and education to reach underserved kids.

One person. One teacher. One educator. One mentor. Zhane Dill knows that one person is all it takes to change someone’s life.

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The lesson that took this man to the NCAA and beyond.

“As long as you live, don’t you ever care, cry, or complain about what somebody didn’t do for you. If you want something, and you work hard, you go get it yourself.” Chris Woods says these words from his father have helped shape his life, both on and off the basketball court.

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Qu'Teaus' Story

Unconditional love, support, dedication, and the drive to succeed all came together so Qu’Teaus could earn her master’s degree and advance her career. Click below to read her story.

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Bency's Story

Bency Pierre earned his master’s in English Language Learning from WGU and uses his education to uplift his students and his school. Click below to read his story.

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Dr. Jones' Story

Dr. Lee Jones has taught an American government course at WGU for over ten years. He also goes above and beyond to support his students. Click below to read his story.

Scholarships Available for Affordable Education

Scholarships are one of the many ways in which WGU removes obstacles from your path to achieving your education goals and improving your career opportunities.

I Have a Dream Scholarship

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, WGU's “I Have a Dream Scholarship” helps students who want to further their education despite challenges they may face.

WGU B4 Women in Tech Persistence and Possibility Grant

This grant is available to new, readmission, and current students. The donor desires that when awarding this scholarship, special consideration be given for students who have demonstrated experience in or commitment to working with historically underserved or underrepresented populations, such as Black, Latina and Native American women.

WGU Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Scholarship

Valued at up to $5,000, this exclusive scholarship accepts applications only from members of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Applicants must also be planning to pursue a bachelor’s or master's degree. Apply today!

Visit the WGU Store

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WGU Store: Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month with WGU with our officially branded merchandise!