At JMU, we define civic engagement as advancing the legacy of James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, by preparing individuals to be active and responsible participants in a representative democracy dedicated to the common good.

The Engagement Advisory Group is a key coordinating team for engagement at JMU. The leader for civic engagement on the group is Abe GoldbergExecutive Director of the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement and Associate Professor of Political Science.

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Civic Engagement at JMU

A few examples...

  • Trained student facilitators, working with Institute of Constructive Advocacy and Dialogue (ICAD) directors, designed and served as facilitators of dialogue and deliberation to increase capacity of productive dialogue about challenging community issues (campus and the broader community) for 4 community and 3 campus events.
  • JMU is a participating member of the American Democracy Project, a multi-campus initiative focused on public higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. 
  • JMU is the current president the International Network of Universities (INU), and JMU students participate in this unique immersion program to gain a working knowledge of global citizenship and peace with a focus on cross-disciplinary problem solving of real-world political, economic, social and cultural problems. 
  • Student-led Dukes Vote initiative helped to create an on-campus voting precinct and registered more than 2,000 student voters.
  • Through the Health Policy Collaborative, Nursing students analyze complex health care issues and propose innovative solutions to community leaders and policymakers.
  • Teams from seven majors across the arts, humanities and sciences worked with professors and outside mentors on the JMU Drones Challenge on real-life, global issues related from air pollution to landmine detection and disarmament.
  • CIS 484 students worked with the Chief Magistrate of the Virginia Court System of the 25th District to develop a system to provide a mechanized way for the court to determine the next available hearing date for multiple jurisdictions,replacing a manual system.

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    JMU prepares students to be active and responsible participants in a representative democracy dedicated to the common good.

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    Nearly 40 years after his own graduation from JMU, Spraggs is happy to share some advice garnered from a career of government and business service.

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    JMU senior Dylan Russell has applied his studies in economics and international affairs during a pair of service-based internships.

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    Recent graduates Najeeha Khan and Kayla Barker bring the resources and knowledge they've gained at JMU home to promote discussion and civic engagement.

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