Charge:

  • Develop the Campus Commemorative Landscape mapping project to inform and make recommendations with regard to naming plans and commemorative 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 develop 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.

Members:

  • Meg Mulrooney, Department of History; Faculty Affairs and Curriculum, Chair
  • Ruthie Bosch, Department of Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities; Hispanic Faculty Caucus
  • Tiffany Cole (’10M), JMU Libraries
  • Mike Davis, Office of the President
  • Monyette Martin, Access and Enrollment Management
  • Towana Moore, Administration and Finance
  • Carole Nash (’83), School of Integrated Sciences
  • Karen Risch Mott (’20M), University Advancement
  • Richard Finkelstein, Faculty Senate
  • Cassidy Mechalske, Student Affairs - Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE)
  • Christina Wulf, Student Affairs - Office of Disability Services

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.” 

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.

Reports:

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