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JMU Student Diversity Summit - February 23-25, 2021
No Longer Invisible:
Conversations with the Student Next Door

February 24th

Madison Vision Series

Wednesday, February 24th, 7:00 pm- Sharing Stories of Success and Triumph: Black Alumni through the Decades

On February 24th, JMU will be hosting our first Madison Vision Series event of 2021. In honor of Black History Month, we have invited Charles May ‘83, Dr. Darian Parker ‘01 ‘03M, Melvin Petty ‘84, Angela Reddix ‘90, and Faye Tate ‘78, from JMU’s Black Alumni Chapter to discuss their own journeys to success after their time at James Madison University. View more information about the Madison Vision Series here.

February 25th

Student-Led Sessions


Title: Class Confessions: Personal Narrative Revealing the Struggles of First-Generation Students
Main Presenter: Kira Lambert
Summary: We hope to help our audience understand the experiences of first-generation and low-income college students, specifically those who attend JMU. We want to emphasize the importance of narrative as both a research method and a tool for advocacy, specifically when the group you hope to understand is so varied. We'll be talking about the advocacy initiatives of our partner organization, FLIP National, and how they've used students' narratives to successfully advocate for policy and social change at universities across the country.

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Title: Inclusive Leadership: Creating an LGBTQ+ Inclusive Space
Main Presenter: Cassidy Mechalske
Summary: Participants will be able to identify at least 3 characteristics of an inclusive environment Participants will be able to express at least 3 actions steps they can take to be more inclusive Participants will be able to list at least three resources available to them for continued learning.

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Accommodations:  The Student Diversity Conference Committee has made every effort to ensure the conference is welcoming and accessible for all presenters and attendees to engage fully. To request an accommodation not listed above kindly contact Amanda Yankey at least two weeks in advance.  In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

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