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iADVOCATE - Why?

Purpose:

The purpose of the iADVOCATE program is to provide 10 selected JMU students with the tools, experiences and opportunities to advocate for the needs and issues of the globally connected JMU student community.

Goals & Objectives:

1. To provide the iADVOCATEs with concrete tools, experiences and opportunities that will benefit them in their professional lives.

  • The iADVOCATEs selection will provide candidates with experiences in applying and interviewing for a job
  • iADVOCATE candidates will be given the opportunity to receive feedback regarding their applications and/or their interviewing skills in an one-on-one with the faculty advisor
  • iADVOCATEs will be trained and provided the experience to conduct a needs analysis
  • iADVOCATEs will be trained and provided the experience to be a social change agent
  • iADVOCATEs will be trained and provided the experience to write a professional report
  • iADVOCATEs will be trained and provided the experience to conduct effective presentations

2. To create a mechanism through which the globally connected JMU student community’s issues and experiences can be shared.

  • The JMU community will be able to share their concerns/ issues related to the JMU globally connected student community via an anonymous online form.
  • The JMU community will be able to share individually their concerns/ issues related to the JMU globally connected student community during the annual state of affairs of the globally connected students.
  • The JMU community will be able to share specific issues that the iADVOCATEs will be conducting a needs analysis of.

3. To improve the experience of the globally-minded JMU student community.

  • iADVOCATEs will be able to provide solutions and advocate for change through their work
  • iADVOCATEs will bring more awareness to the International Student Scholar Services office and its allies of the concerns/ issues related to the JMU globally connected student community
  • The JMU globally connected student community will feel more validated as a resulted of the work of the iADVOCATEs

4. To expand the International Student and Scholar Services’ office connections at JMU and larger community.

  • The Justice Studies Department, and the Public Administration Department faculty will work directly with iADVOCATEs to provide them with tips and information and feedback on being an effective social change agent
  • The Communication Resource Center staff will work directly with iADVOCATEs to provide them with tips, information and feedback on conducting effective presentations
  • The English Language Learner Services staff will work directly with iADVOCATEs to provide them tips, information and feedback on writing professional reports
  • The Dux Center staff will work directly with iADVOCATEs during the iADVOCATE retreat to build cohesion, and start a discussion around the meaning of being a change agent.
  • Individuals in the following offices (Admissions, Counseling & Student Development Center Study Group) and other departments will work directly with iADVOCATEs to provide them with more specific information related to their project.