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The Compass Award

for Diversity and Inclusion

Nominations are now being accepted for 2020

James Madison University has set a course to embrace the inherent uniqueness of each member of our community.  We point to our similarities and differences, recognizing that people have distinct backgrounds, characteristics, experiences, ideas, beliefs, motivations and choices, all of which give direction and value to our university. Presented by the Office of the President, the Compass Award recognizes an individual or groups’ demonstrated outstanding contributions to diversity and inclusion at JMU.

The Compass Award may be given to any member of the JMU community. Students, faculty, staff, or groups may be nominated for changing the course of diversity and inclusion at JMU in any of these four award categories: 

Visionary  forward thinking, innovative, creates new programming or progressive initiatives

Leader  mentoring, guiding, facilitating, influencing

Advocate  providing a voice for an underrepresented person or group – site examples         

Catalyst – causing transformative activity or understanding between 2 or more persons, precipitating change


Please submit the nomination form to Lisa Hess at

Any additional nomination documentation may be sent to:

Office of Equal Opportunity 
MSC 5802, JMAC-2 Room A102 
James Madison University 
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

For questions, contact Lisa Hess at (540) 568-6991 or

The deadline for receiving nominations is 5:00 p.m. on February 18, 2020

Compass Award recipients will be recognized and honored for their achievements during the annual Diversity Conference on March 18, 2020

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