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The Compass Awards for Diversity and Inclusion*

James Madison University has set a course to embrace the inherent uniqueness of each member of our community.  We point to our similarities and differences, recognizing that people have distinct backgrounds, characteristics, experiences, ideas, beliefs, motivations and choices, all of which give direction and value to our university. Presented by the Office of the President, the Compass Award recognizes an individual or groups’ demonstrated outstanding contributions to diversity and inclusion at JMU.

The Compass Award may be given to any member of the JMU community. Students, faculty, staff, or groups may be nominated for changing the course of diversity and inclusion at JMU in any of these four award categories: 

Visionary forward thinking; innovative; creates new programming or progressive initiatives

Leader mentoring; guiding; facilitating; influencing

Advocate providing a voice for an underrepresented person or group

Catalyst – transforming the societal understandings of an individual (faculty, staff or student), a department, or the community

 * The Compass Award evolved from the Diversity Enhancement Award Program, a model that was successfully established and implemented by the Office of the President for several years.

Please submit nomination form and any additional materials to:

Office of Equal Opportunity 
MSC 5802, JMAC-2 Room A102 
James Madison University 
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

For questions, contact Lisa Hess at (540) 568-6991 or

The deadline for receiving nominations is 5:00 p.m. on February 7, 2018.
Compass Award recipients will be recognized and honored for their achievements during the
12th Annual Diversity Conference on March 14, 2018.

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