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iADVOCATE Program 

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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

Margaret Mead

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James Madison University and the International Student Scholar Services are committed to providing the best possible support for the globally connected community so that they can successfully attain their academic and personal development goals at JMU.

The iADVOCATE program or JMU’s globally connected Student Advisory Board consists of 10 active students (representing different parts of the world, students’ statuses, genders, ideas, beliefs) who, with the advice and leadership of faculty advisor Thomas Lavenir, during a one-year commitment, will be given the tools to properly gather data, write a full report with a list of potential options, and present their findings to the globally connected JMU community, peers and allies. This program will not only benefit the iADVOCATEs by giving them some very tangible and beneficial skills and experiences that are highly sought after by employers, but this will also help JMU as a whole and the International Student and Scholar Services office to better serve JMU’s globally connected community and ultimately help in the retention of JMU students.

In other words, the iADVOCATE program or JMU’s globally connected Student Advisory Board consists of 10 active students who, during a one-year commitment, will be given the tools to properly gather data, write a full report with a list of potential options, and present their findings to better serve JMU’s globally connected community and ultimately help in the retention of JMU students.