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December 1, 2021

Dear old and new friends of the AAAD Studies Center,

Come and join us for the grand opening of our Center TODAY! Enjoy some free food while you explore the AAAD space and resources. Open all day, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 9am-5pm.


Thank Yous and Congratulations 

Thank you... 

  • All of the wonderful AAAD faculty members who have contributed to our little library in the AAAD Studies Center. Check out our selection, including some by JMU faculty. Thanks also to JMU Libraries for their commitment to growing their own AAAD Studies collection, and to Malia Willey for her AAAD Studies research guide 

  • Everyone who attended the Black Studies, Black Spaces event. Thanks especially to those students and alumni who were able to attend in person: Illiana Harris, Norman Jones, Zenobia Lee-Nelson, Michelle Pineda-Hernandez, and Ashleigh Williams! If you missed the event, you can watch a video from some of our alums here (scroll down).

  • To the Division of Student Affairs and the Center for Multicultural Student Services (CMSS) for their tireless work to create a visual marker and representation of Inter-Cultural Greek Council (I.C.G.C.) organizations on JMU campus. Black Greek Letter Organization plots are something you traditionally see at Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs). On our campus, we now have plots representing our Black, Latinx, and Asian-Interest fraternities and sororities. Located behind the Student Success Center, this space will honor the culture, history, service and pride for our culturally-based Greek Letter Organizations and serve as a gathering space to build community.  



  • Soon-to-be AAAD Graduates: Mahogony Baker, Eliza Futa, Sydney Moon, Kyel Towler, and Taya Whitley! Congratulations! We are so proud of you! 

  • AAAD Institute participants! This year’s participants include: Karim Altaii (School of Integrated Sciences), Maureen Malomba (Strategic Leadership Studies), Laura Lambert (School of Integrated Sciences), Megan Medeiros (AAAD, LAXC, WGSS), Rocky Parker (Biology), Kacey Damaty (Ethical Reasoning in Action), and Mallory Marsh (Communication Studies).

  • Students in the cross-listed AAAD/Civic/Music/English/Engineering/GenEd/Honors/X-Labs course, who will present their project to the General Education Council on Friday, December 3 at 2:30 pm. These students spent the semester researching and designing interventions for the General Education Program to center justice, equity, diversity, inclusion and access in the curriculum. 

  • AAAD alum Norman Jones III for being JMU’s first ever Mitchell Scholarship Finalist. Mitchell Scholars receive a fully-funded master's degree in Ireland or Northern Ireland (to honor former Senator George Mitchell). Norman was one of more than 350 who applied and made it to the top 20 for this prestigious scholarship. Congratulations Norman! 

  • Dr. Deborwah Faulk (Sociology, AAAD) for her recent appointment as Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Graduate School. 

  • Dr. Allison Fagan (English, AAAD, LAXC) for receiving the College of Arts and Letters’ Distinguished Teacher CAL award! 

  • Dr. Mary Thomson (English, WGSS, AAAD) for receiving the College of Arts and Letters’ Distinguished Service CAL Award! 


December Events 

  • Tuesday, October 26 - December 10: Exuberance: Dialogues in African American Abstract Painting exhibition. On display in Duke Hall until December 10.

  • Thursday, December 2: Civil Rights Symposium feat. Yani Rodriguez. This event is co-sponsored by the AAAD Studies Center and will be held in the Festival Ballroom at 7pm. The lecture will be followed by a dessert reception.

  • Thursday, December 9: The AAAD Virtual Student Symposium will be held from 12-1pm, featuring capstone presentations from AAAD Minors Mahogany Baker and Brieya Sanders. Keep an eye on our AAAD Facebook page for more details and a link to join. 

Giving Day 2022 

  • JMU’s Giving Day is coming early next year! Mark your calendars for February 22, 2022. If you are interested in signing up to be a AAAD Giving Day Ambassador and encouraging others to support our work, let us know at Find out more here about the work that gifts to the center will support.

Social Media  

Don’t forget to follow, tag, and promote our social media platforms in order to garner support for our center. Follow us here:  

As always, thank you for your support of the AAAD Studies Center.  


In solidarity and ubuntu,  

Mollie (Center Director)  

On behalf of AAAD Studies Center faculty, students, and partners 

The AAAD Studies Center sends out regular newsletters each semester to keep those involved up to date with the center. Below, you can find the PDF files of our past newsletters.

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