In response to the COVID-19 virus, the university has deployed multiple forms of virus-prevention protocols, and we are practicing social distancing and limited public interactions. The university is not closed and our office provides our services, however, in-person staffing continues to be limited.

For the quickest responses, please email us with general questions at csl@jmu.edu, Federal Work Study questions at fws@jmu.edu, and Alternative Break Program questions at abp@jmu.edu. Or if you'd like to email a specific staff member, we will get back to you as quickly as possible as well.


The CS-L “Why”: We strive to build relationships and learn from one another to make more just and sustainable communities.

Black lives matter. CS-L stands with Black Lives Matter and the Movement for Black Lives and pledges to actively work to dismantle White supremacy and systems of oppression. To build relationships and learn from one another to make more just, anti-racist, and sustainable communities, we will:  

  • Critically examine the roles we—as individuals, our office and the field of Service-Learning have played in perpetuating White supremacy  
    • Use our positions of power and influence to advocate for an anti-racist approach to education, a climate that is free of White supremacy, and partnerships on-campus and in the community that are equitable and promote full-participation  
    • Use our physical space and ability to convene to support community- and student-initiated discussions on the barriers and disproportionate violence facing Black people, and how White supremacy supports those inequities 
    • Uplift Black voices in our field 
    • Address the foundational effects of racist policies, including equitable access to education, health, and safety 
    • Join with students and colleagues to advocate for the replacement of the names of the four buildings on the Quad (Ashby, Jackson, Maury, and Spotswood) that currently honor individuals who represent concrete manifestations of one of the most painful and punishing eras of White supremacy designed to terrorize Black people  
  • Prioritize the personal and professional growth of our team, students, colleagues, and partners as anti-racist agents of change
    • Use and share anti-racist, Black-authored resources 
    • Practice continuous reflection  
    • Call out racism 
    • Read and discuss materials that address the root causes of racism and White supremacy 
    • Evaluate our hiring practices and notions of “fit”  
  • Actively work to expand our partnerships with anti-racist organizations and stakeholders 
    • Patronize Black-owned/operated establishments 
    • Seek more opportunities to intentionally invest in Black communities on- and off-campus 
    • Honor, credit, and compensate Black colleagues and community co-educators serving as anti-racist educators 

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