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The Compass Awards for Diversity and Inclusion*

Nomination window is currently closed. Nominations will be solicited in early 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


 * The Compass Award evolved from the Diversity Enhancement Award Program, a model that was successfully established and implemented by the Office of the President for several years.

Nomination window is currently closed. Nominations will be solicited in early 2020.

Please submit nomination form and any additional materials 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 8, 2019.
Compass Award recipients will be recognized and honored for their achievements during the annual
Diversity Conference on March 13, 2019.

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