Diversity and Inclusion

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Fostering a diverse and inclusive James Madison University community

The Office of Diversity collaborates with departments and individuals across the James Madison campus to promote a respectful, accessible and inclusive community for all employees.

Diversity is the broad range of attributes, experiences, and characteristics (race, gender, cultural heritage, sexual orientation, physical/mental ability, age, national origin, etc.) that make us uniquely who we are. At James Madison, inclusion means creating a work environment where each person has the opportunity to participate fully to achieve the mission of the University and is valued for their distinctive skills and capabilities.

A diverse workforce and inclusive environment increases productivity, creates new ideas, performs on a higher level and enhances James Madison’s ability to continue to excel in an increasingly complex, competitive and diverse world.

We provide a range of information, consultation and training to the James Madison community on issues related to workforce diversity and inclusion.

Some of the strategic goals of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion include:

  • Strengthen diversity recruitment efforts
  • Develop our internal talent
  • Enhance mentoring programs with a goal of creating a climate where mentoring is the norm.
  • Offer diversity education opportunities for all members of the James Madison community
  • Develop a system of metrics to track and assess progress.
  • Develop strategies to communicate and publicize James Madison’s diversity milestones.

For more information contact the Office of Diversity at 540-568-4506.