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Welcome to the Diversity Office at James Madison University

We welcome all students, constituents and community members to our Diversity web site.  If there is something you cannot find here, please contact our office directly at diversity@jmu.edu or 540/568-4506.  We are always happy to provide assistance.


Our Purpose

  • Provide leadership and direction for the continuous assessment and improvement of university-wide efforts to create and sustain a more diverse and inclusive community of learners;
  • Work collaboratively with other university units to build a capacity to recognize and value difference;
  • Encourage and support positive interactions between and among diverse populations maximizing the benefits of a multicultural and inclusive community perspective;
  • Advise the Senior Leadership Team about policies, programs, opportunities and ideas to build upon and enhance inclusivity at JMU.


Meet Us

Mr. Art Dean, M.Ed.

Mr. Dean works with staff and students providing support and assistance as well as forging relationships with organizations and corporations outside of the university.  He directly oversees and supports the Diversity Enhancement Awards Program, Intergroup Dialogue Task Force, Annual Diversity Conference, Diversity Council Chairs, Office of Equal Opportunity and the Centennial Scholars Program. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, he provides invaluable insight to the diverse needs of all faculty, staff and students.  He also oversees professional development, instructs courses,  and advises students for the College Student Personnel Administration Master's Program. He is an active member of the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Boys & Girls Club Board.  Currently, he serves on the executive board of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and was instrumental in initiating the Virginia Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (VADOHE) chapter. Contact: dean1at@jmu.edu or 540/568-4506.

Dr. David Owusu-Ansah, History Department

Dr. OA works with faculty providing support and assistance as well as providing a pathway for postdoctoral ABD students to experience working as a faculty member on campus while they complete their dissertation work via the Preparing Future Faculty program.  In addition, he oversees the Professor in Residence, Middle School Visit Program, Middle School Leadership Academy and Innovative Diversity Efforts Award grants.  A long time faculty member of the History Department, he teaches courses, supports the Africana Studies and oversees the Ghana Summer Program. Contact: owusuadx@jmu.edu or 540/568-6743.