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Engagement. You're already doing it. Now let's show the world.


JMU's vision is to be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and with the world.

When students walk across the stage at graduation having been a part of an engaged university such as JMU, they haven’t just been educated, they’ve been transformed and empowered. They have learned the importance of a strong work ethic and have become committed to and skilled in collaboration with others in teams. They aren’t just intelligent, but interpersonally effective. They are determined to live a life of meaning and pursue a career of purpose as they move forward. They contribute to solving society’s problems and use their knowledge as a tool for building a more perfect union. They are creative, collaborative, resilient, and ethical. They are citizens in the best sense of that word.

Engagement at JMU is...

JMU understands engagement as consisting of three facets - Engaged Learning, Community Engagement and Civic Engagement. We define them below to provide some structure and clarity for the members of our community. We recognize that there is plenty of overlap between the three. We also realize that not all engagement-related work fits neatly into one of the categories. While we know that the definitions are necessary, we focus our understanding of the concept by emphasizing community and individual relationships as the center of our uniqueness as an engaged university. Faculty-student relationships, relationships with the local and global community and partnerships that foster deep and purposeful learning are the focus of our vision.

Engaged Learning
Jesmine Torres-Roberts and Curtis Kapsak in the DNA sequencer lab.

Developing deep, purposeful and reflective learning, while uniting campus and community in the pursuit, creation, application and dissemination of knowledge.

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Community Engagement
Engineering's annual sophomore year bike project to design bicycles for local mobility-challenged clients.

Fostering mutually beneficial and reciprocal partnerships, ranging from local to global, that connect learning to practice, address critical societal problems and improve quality of life.

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Civic Engagement
Madison Vision Series Class Visit John Bridgeland

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.

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