Be The Change

Madison people are working toward a brighter future every day.

Two excited students smiling, pointing with thumb up Dusky scene of students with eyes closed during candle light vigil Side profile of a female student playing piano Female in lab wearing safety glasses watching liquid be poured into container One male one female student sat in recliners outside in the sunshine, talking while holding books Four female students working on the interior of a habitat for humanity house Three smiling female students facing the viewer Male concentrating on female peer Line of six females smiling and posing for camera Student in referee top talking to a group of school aged children Doctor Linwood Rose surrounded by a diverse group of students all smiling and posing for camera Three smiling female students in JMU Purple graduation gowns

Members of the extended James Madison University community are changing the world in nearly every sector of our global society. A collective desire for a stronger, better, smarter, brighter future bolts through Madison faculty, students and alumni - just about everyone within the JMU family can feel it.

Gandhi's advice to, "be the change you want to see in the world," plays out in staggering variety in the Madison community. Check out the Stories and People sections to see how. Visit the Be the Change Blog and join the conversation. Maybe even nominate someone you know to be added to our Be the Change hall of fame.

Be the Change Video

JMU's first use of the phrase "Be the Change" came in March 2006 at the public kickoff of the Campaign for the Madison Century. Actor and Constitutional scholar Richard Dreyfuss delivered the keynote address.


Be the Change Video

JMU's 2010 Be the Change video continues to emphasize the university's mission as "... a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives." This short, clearly stated definition of purpose was adopted by the university shortly after the inauguration of President Linwood Rose in 1999 and has provided focus for the university's people and programs — continuing a Madison tradition of working toward a brighter future.