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Students Leading Engagement Activities

2018-2019 Application Now Open!

Applications are due October 14, 2018 and can be accessed here.

President Alger has entrusted funds to the Faculty Senate to further the university vision. As part of this effort, the Faculty Senate and Student Government Association (SGA) are partnering to offer the opportunity for students to apply for mini-grants (up to $5,000) to fund engagement projects.

Mini-grant funds may be used to support an existing engagement project or for new engagement initiatives. Learn more about the eligibility, timeline and application process here.


The vision statement for JMU is “To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.”

At JMU, engagement takes three forms:

  1. Engaged Learning —Developing deep, purposeful and reflective learning, while uniting campus and community in the pursuit, creation, application and dissemination of knowledge.
  2. Civic Engagement —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.
  3. Community Engagement —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.


Past Recipients

JMU Student Engagement Mini-Grant Recipients for 2017-2018

Kathia Bonilla - Art Therapy Initiative
Livvy Call - A Fully Conscious Meal
Laura Goldstein - Women and Gender Studies Camp
Stephanie Pasewaldt - Uganda and Sanitation
Danika Pfeiffer - Preschool Reading Program
Caitlyn Robertson - Public Event on Immigration, Refugees, and Diversity in Harrisonburg
Caleigh Strother - Music Program at the CCCA
Autumn Waish - Community Criminal Justice Days Conference Seminars

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