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The Compass Award
for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

Nominations for the Compass Award are not currently being accepted.

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, equity and inclusion at JMU.

The Compass Award may be given to any student, faculty, staff, department/group or community partner/organization. Nominations for changing the course of diversity, equity and inclusion at JMU may be made 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

Congratulations to the 2022 Compass Award Recipients:


Tyler Jones – Advocate

Noa Banks Greene – Leader

School of Nursing Diversity Club, Executive Leadership Team – Group winner


Miracle Oromena Ogbor


Black Alumni Chapter

UREC Well Dukes Podcast

Faculty & Staff

Amy Lewis – Visionary

Amy Taylor – Advocate

Amanda Randall – Advocate

David Daniel – Leader

Diane Phoenix-Neal - Leader

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