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Our mission is to educate and inspire people to address public issues and cultivate a just and inclusive democracy.

As a nonpartisan entity, JMU Civic 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 pluralism, open-mindedness, empathy, respect, diversity and inclusion.

What JMU Civic 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.
In Memoriam: Terry Beitzel

Dr. Terry Beitzel was a JMU Justice Studies professor, Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence and active member of the Advisory Council of the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement. Terry passed away Friday January 29, 2021 from complications due to COVID-19.

He taught social responsibility and justice by studying issues of war, violence and nonviolence, and Revolution. The overarching question in his teaching resonates with his students long after completing a course with him: “who is responsible to do what for whom?” His research interests included nonviolence, nonviolent revolutions, conflict theory, peacebuilding, restorative justice, and international human rights.

The Beitzel Memorial Fund has been established in his memory.

Read more about Dr. Beitzel's accomplisments and lasting legacy at JMU

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