JMU seeks to be the national model of the engaged university, and the M.A. program in political science takes engaged learning, civic engagement, and community engagement seriously. The following is a list of recent JMU engagement activities in Florence:

The Big Event

Founded in 2011, The Big Event is JMU's annual day of service. It is an opportunity for students to show their appreciation for the surrounding community by participating in service and beautification projects in and around the community. As of 2014, the EUPS program joins more than 72 nationwide and global teams. Students, staff and faculty participate in community clean-up including graffiti removal in and around Florence. Follow the event on Twitter at hashtag #TheBigEvent!

Learning Europe

Learning Europe is an annual initiative aimed at bringing EUPS graduate students into local high school classrooms. Taking the knowledge that they have of the European Union, students teach students during their regular English language courses about the EU and its functioning through presentations, games and other interactive teaching and experiential learning methods. An excellent mentoring opportunity for students, Learning Europe is a rewarding experience for graduate students and participants alike.

Angeli del Bello

Taking its name from the historic 1966 flood in Florence for the volunteers who helped to clean up and preserve historic texts (so-called "Angeli del Fango" or Mud Angels), Angeli del Bello (Angels of Beauty) is a local community beautification initiative. From cleaning up piazzas to painting over graffiti the organization works throughout the year to help make Florence a more beautiful place for everyone to live.

Corri la Vita

Corri la Vita is a breast cancer awareness fundraiser walk/run held annually in the city of Florence. The event hosts over 32,000 participants, including JMU graduate and undergraduate students.

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