Our mission is to educate and inspire people to address public issues and cultivate the common good in our democracy.

As a nonpartisan entity, the Madison Center emphasizes the acquisition of knowledge to make one a more informed participant in our democracy, skills to make one a more effective participant, and values that embrace the common good.

What the Madison Center does:

  • We build year-round voter education and engagement initiatives with students, faculty and staff.
  • We integrate civic learning opportunities in courses and academic programs with faculty and departments across campus.
  • We provide resources for students to learn about and discuss public issues in an academic environment, and to develop and implement plans for informed participation in civic life.
  • We collaborate with JMU's Center for Assessment & Research Studies to assess campus-wide civic learning.
  • We work alongside community, state and national partners on civic learning initiatives and events.

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