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The goals of the Woodson Martin Immigration and Democracy Initiative at the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement are to: 

  • expand the electorate to include greater voice from historically marginalized groups,
  • educate the campus and broader Harrisonburg/Rockingham communities on immigration issues,
  • help remove barriers to deeper democratic engagement, and
  • collaborate with the local immigrant and refugee communities on civic learning and democratic engagement opportunities.

April 6th, 2023: U.S. Democracy and the Latino/a/x Community 

Hartman Hall, 5 pm 
Registration link:
us democracy and the latino/a/x community event poster
Other Future Events
  • March 31, 2023: Encuentro: Pathways to College Access
    • Hall of Presidents, 9 am - 2 pm
  • March 24th, 2023: National Week of Deliberation on Immigration
    • Warren 256, 1:30 pm
  • April 28th, 2023: Cultura y Comunidad 2023: Immigration and our Schools 
    • Festival Ballroom, 8:30 am
  • June 20: World Refugee Day
  • October 28: National Immigrants Day
  • September 17- September 24: Global Climate Change Week
Past Events
Learning Resources
JMU Faculty Research and Projects

Below are selected relevant readings on migration, immigration and refugee policy issues from James Madison University Faculty. Click here to view additional scholarship.

Daniel J. Beers, "The End Of Resettlement? U.S. refugee policy in the age of Trump." Social Sciences, 9(8), 129.

Daniel J. Beers, Repatriation, Refugees, and Returning Home by Katy Long. Refuge Book Reviews, 81–83. 

Daniel J. Beers, Robert Fatton, Jr., Haiti: Trapped in the Outer Periphery. PERSPECTIVES ON POLITICS, 12(4), 942-942.

Harrisonburg 360 podcast by Dr. Allison Fagan, chair of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program, and JMU students

Allison Fagan, From the Edge: Chicana/o Border Literature and the Politics of Print

David Trouille, Immigrant Stories

David Trouille, Fútbol in the Park: Immigrants, Soccer, and the Creation of Social Ties

David Trouille, "Neighborhood outsiders, field insiders: Latino immigrant men and the control of public space." Qualitative Sociology, 36(1): 1-22.

Case Watkins, Sluyter, A., Chaney, J. P., & Gibson, A. M. N. (2015). Hispanic and Latino New Orleans: Immigration and identity since the eighteenth century. Louisiana State University Press.

Laura H. Zarrugh, “From Workers to Owners: Latino Entrepreneurs in Harrisonburg, Virginia

Laura H. Zarrugh,  “The Latinization of the Central Shenandoah Valley

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