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Civic Engagement at JMU

At JMU, we define civic engagement as 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.

Although often viewed as synonymous with community engagement, civic engagement is characterized by a sense of citizenship and public responsibility. Few Americans better exemplify these traits than our university’s namesake, James Madison, who devoted his life to promoting the concept of liberty buttressed by the twin necessities of active political participation and rigorous, substantial education. In a period in which many Americans have lost confidence in our political institutions and find “politics” to be too controversial, partisan or divisive, embodying this Madisonian commitment seems a more pressing charge than ever before.

The Engagement Advisory Group is a key coordinating team for engagement at JMU. The co-leaders for civic engagement on the group are Dr. Jessica Adolino, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and Dr. Meg Mulrooney, Associate Vice Provost for University Programs.

The members of the Civic Engagement Team include:
Elise Barrella, Engineering
Lori Britt, School of Communication Studies & 4C: Campus Community Civic Collaboration
Terry Beitzel, Justice Studies & Ghandi Center
Mike Davis, School of Communication Studies &Madison Debate 

Melody Eaton, Nursing & Health Policy Collaborative
Howard Lubert, Political Science
Kristin Muncy, Associate Director Student Activities and Involvement
Renzo Olivari, SGA Legislative Action Committee Chair
Marshall Pattie, Management & Faculty Advisory for College Republicans
Bill Wilson, Madison Institutes