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TEDxWVU offers array of insight

West Virginia University’s TEDxWVU “What’s Next?” brought a crowd to the WVU Canady Creative Arts Center Gladys Davis Theater Saturday, to hear four featured speakers.

Lauren Marquart, Rebecca Erwin, Rania Zuri and Dr. Clay Marsh addressed a variety of topics encouraging visionary conversations and spreading new ideas.

Marquart, a freshman at WVU studying elementary education, spoke about giving students an education that is equitable as well as equal.

Erwin, a senior at WVU studying chemical engineering with a minor in Spanish, highlighted the need to advocate for diversity not just in numbers, but in the freedom to authentically express gender, sexual and cultural identity in work and academia.

Zuri, a junior at Morgantown High School, explained the issue of book deserts in rural America, and discussed how to improve literacy rates in our nation.

Marsh, chancellor and executive dean for WVU’s Academic Health Science Center and WVU’s chief health officer, discussed how we heal after COVID-19 and shared experiences from the field.

TEDxWVU was founded in 2017 by WVU students to create a space for ideas worth sharing.