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Join CISR for a very special Post-Conflict Recovery Week (PCRW) this year, as we host Adnan Al Aboudi and Mona Abdeljawad—Jordanian human and disability rights advocates—who will speak about the situation of Syrian refugees with disabilities and international disability rights. Additionally, in coordination with Harrisonburg High School, a teen refugee panel will discuss the issues and topics important to them, especially in light of current events. JMU School of Art, Design and Art History students will also showcase a disability-themed art exhibition, with locations on campus and in downtown Harrisonburg.

PCRW 2017 is co-sponsored by JMU's Office of Disability Services, Office of Access and Inclusion, Office of Research and Scholarship, Office of International Programs, Department of Justice Studies, Department of Political Science and University Program Board.

The schedule of events (subject to change) for the week of March 14–17 is as follows:

Tuesday flyer

  • Since a life-altering car accident left him as a double amputee in 1989, Adnan Al Aboudi has dedicated his life and career to victim assistance in mine action. Adnan currently coordinates disability rights outreach programs as part of his role at Jordan's Higher Council for Affairs of Persons with Disabilities. Through his work, Adnan has become a global adcovate for persons with disabilities, and raised national and international awareness of the importance of disability rights. Reception follows.


  • Mona Abdeljawad is an international humanitarian and human rights advocate. For the past 16 years, she has served with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, a global network in more than 100 countries that works for a world free of anti-personnel mines and cluster munitions. She served as a Mideast civil society leader during the negotiation of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons With DisabilitiesShe also served as the assistant secretary general at the Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons With Disabilities. The contributions of Abdeljawad have greatly impacted the rights of persons with disabilities and the field of mine action on an international level. Reception follows.
    *Mona Abdeljawad is also the featured speaker for JMU's Diversity Conference held during the day of March 15 at Festival.

refugee panel

  • In coordination with Harrisonburg City Schools, CISR presents a panel composed of local teen refugees, giving students the platform to not only speak about their experiences but also about the issues and topics most important to them.


  • Friday, March 17 at 2 p.m.: CISR is working with JMU School of Art, Design and Art History professors Sukjin Choi and Corinne Diop to have students create artwork based around disability and post-conflict environments. A live student art performance will be held in Duke Hall followed by a catered reception to give students the opportunity to present their artwork, and foster conversation and information-sharing about the pieces and their subject matter.
  • Friday, April 7 at 5 p.m.:  A reception will be held at the Gallery at Laughing Dog in downtown Harrisonburg as part of First Fridays Downtown. The photo exhibit will be on display beginning March 14. CISR will host a catered reception to give students the opportunity to present their artwork, and foster conversation and information-sharing about the pieces and their subject matter.


Parking for PCRW is available at lots C11, C12 and D3 from 6:30–9:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, and at P Lot and the Champions Drive Parking Deck from 6:30–9:00 p.m. on Thursday:

No parking permits will be necessary. Guests should follow the above schedule regarding parking for the events. All regulations for JMU students, faculty and staff will remain in effect, and students attending the event are required to park in appropriate student parking lots with a JMU parking permit.

Note that regular enforcement will continue in other parking lots, and guests may receive parking citations if parked in restricted lots. Guests are prohibited from parking in specialty spaces such as service-vehicle spaces, handicap spaces without proper permit or expired meters. They are also prohibited from parking in fire lanes.

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For questions about the events, please contact Jennifer Risser at

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