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The Compass Award
for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

Nominations for the 2023 Compass Awards are due by
5:00 p.m. on February 22, 2023

James Madison University values 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 and the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Compass Awards recognize outstanding contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion by individuals or groups.

Compass Awards recognize that advancing diversity, equity and inclusion can take many forms.  This year, the awards will recognize one outstanding contribution in each of the following categories:  student, faculty or staff, group or department, and alumni or community partner/organization.

Nominations should emphasize the applicant’s contributions in any combination of the following: 

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 two or more persons, precipitating change

Nominate a colleague or classmate today!

Nominations for the 2023 awards are due by
5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, 2023
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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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