Committee Charge:

  • Develop the Campus Commemorative Landscape mapping project so that the group has the background needed to inform and make recommendations with regard to naming plans and opportunities moving forward.
  • Examine the JMU story that is told by or in various publications, offices and groups (e.g., the Student Ambassadors) about the history of campus and identify ways the story being told to our various constituents (including current and prospective students, parents, alumni, the community, etc.) can be more inclusive and complete.

Committee members and areas represented:

Meg Mulrooney (chair), Department of History and University Programs
Ruthie Bosch, Department of Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities; Hispanic Faculty Caucus
Tiffany Cole (’10M), JMU Libraries
Mike Davis, President’s Office
Gianluca Defazio, Department of Justice Studies; Faculty Senate
Mollie Godfrey, Department of English; African, African American, and Diaspora Studies (AAAD)
Weston Hatfield, Advancement
Chervon Moore (’10, ’12M), Center for Multicultural Student Services
Towana Moore, Administration and Finance
Karen Risch Mott (’20M), Advancement
Carole Nash (’83), School of Integrated Sciences
Diane Phoenix-Neal, School of Music; Sisters in Session
Cynthia Ruff (’20), Center for Multicultural Student Services
Diane Strawbridge (’80, ’20M), Student Access and Inclusion
Susan Zurbrigg, School of Art, Design and Art History; Northeast Neighborhood Association

Student members of the committee
Norman Jones, Student Representative, Board of Visitors
Kendallee Walker, Student Government
Spencer Law, Media Arts and Design, History, AAAD

Advisory Boards:

Students and their areas of study
Norman Jones (convener), Public Policy and Administration, AAAD

Belinda Addae, Intelligence Analysis, Political Science
Dela Adedze, Economics; Political Science, Writing, Rhetoric and Techical Communication (WRTC) 
Brianna Bugg, Health Sciences
Mikayla Dukes, Political Science, Sociology
Jeff Ekon, Engineering
Lori Friend, Spanish, Pre-Medicine, Medical Spanish, Spanish-English Translation and Interpretation
Noa Banks Greene, Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy
Joshua Jones, Integrated Science and Technology, Military Science
Zenobia Lee-Nelson, Communication Studies, AAAD, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Daerenz Lyons, Senior Hospitality Management, General Business
Jacobi Paul, Public Policy and Administration, Criminal Justice
Jasmine Robinson, Health Sciences
Semaj Sorhaindo, Health Sciences, Pre-Physician Assistant 
Alexys Taylor (’20), Occupational Therapy (master’s)
Matthew Thompson, Health Sciences, Pre-Medicine
Kyel Towler, Communication Studies, Human Resource Development
Anastaciya Wheeler, Communication Studies, Sociology
Paris Woods, Justice Studies, Political Science, Nonprofit Studies

Lisa Winn Bryan (’90, ’93M) (co-chair), Director of development, the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU
Oris Griffin (co-chair), Professor of Adult Education and Human Resource Development at JMU

Paula Bowens (’89), President of Black Alumni Chapter; President and CEO One Degree Consulting
Taimi Castle, Professor of Justice Studies at JMU
Cherelle Johnson (’08, ’12M), Director/founder, IronDresses, INC.
Christopher B. Jones (’20), Harrisonburg City Council Member; advertising account executive, WHSV TV-3
Bettina Mason (’87, ’95M), Principal/founder of Mason Education Solutions Group, LLC
James (Jim) Rankin (’71), retired
Steven Reich, Professor of History at JMU
Cheryl Talley, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at VSU 

Work of the Committee:

Released Feb. 23, 2021: ”Reclaiming, Renaming, Repairing: The Campus History Committee Report.” Our most urgent endeavor in 2020 was to make recommendations for renaming JMU buildings bearing names of persons associated with racist ideologies and practices, starting with the three formerly named after Confederate figures. On Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, the university’s Board of Visitors voted to approve three new names for buildings on campus. This is the culmination of research, study, community consultation and open communication about progress toward renaming these prominent sites on the JMU Quad. Read more about the historic decision: “JMU leadership approves new names for three buildings on campus.” 

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This committee continues the work of the History and Context Committee (2016-2019) of the President’s Task Force on Inclusion.

Visit the Campus History Committee’s Linktree to find our social media channels and other important resources online.

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