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The Sisters in Session Caucus (SIS) seeks to represent the interest and wellbeing of African, Black, and African American women who occupy various roles or positions across on the JMU campus. We provide support, professional development, and peer mentorship through initiatives and gatherings. Beyond our primary focus on staff and faculty, SIS strives to support graduate and undergraduate students.

The AYA, a West African Adinkra symbol represents the fern, a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places. It represents our resourcefulness and endurance.

Spring 2023 Gathering

Thanks to all who were able to celebrate with us! Next time we'll take the picture earlier in the evening to catch more of our sisters before they head out.



Memorial for Sister Tatiana Benjamin

Dr. Tatiana Benjamin was an unruly woman, who believed that radical love disrupted systems. She believed in the power of community and demonstrated that in the way she lived her life. Dr. Benjamin loved a quote attributed to an unknown author that reads, “A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart” She did so much more than that. Her love changed and continues to change lives. The world is better for having her in it.

The memorial service for Dr. Benjamin will be on February 3rd at 1:00 pm in The Union - Taylor 405.


Welcome Gathering 2022

Thanks to all that were able to come out and celebrate with us!

2022 Welcome Gathering

New Faculty | Tenure | Promotions Recognitions


Furious Flower Poetry Center founder Joanne Gabbin to retire from JMU


New Faculty & Staff (none at this time)



Tenure & Promotion (none at this time)



alleyne.jpegPlease join in celebration!!! Lauren Alleyne is a 2022 recipient of the SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award!

The Outstanding Faculty Awards are the Commonwealth's highest honor for faculty at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities. These awards recognize superior accomplishments in teaching, research, and public service.

Upcoming Events & Conferences

MLK March & Speak Out Dialogue 

Thursday, January 20, 2022  |  3:30 - 5:30 PM 

Start at Madison Statue at Varner House and end at The Union Ballroom 

This University-wide event is an opportunity to reflect on the legacy and contributions of Dr. MLK, Jr. All are invited to gather at 3:30 pm at the James Madison Statue (by Varner House) where participants will march to The Union Ballroom to conclude with a community dialogue lead by D.E.E.P. Impact Educators.



“Voices of Race, Modes of Advocacy”

February 16 – 19 (virtual)

Click here for more information.


AYA: Black Women in Higher Education  

Tuesday, February 16, 2022  |  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  

Sponsored by JMU’s Sisters in Session Caucus  

Centering a Black feminist/womanist epistemological theoretical framework this presentation focuses on the experience of Black women in higher education striving to flourish despite thorns of trauma designed to hinder or disrupt their professional achievement.   

Panelists: Dr. Narketta M. Sparkman-Key, HS-BCP Associate Professor, Academic Affairs Director of Faculty Diversity and Retention   Menah Pratt-Clarke, J.D., PhD Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Diversity Professor of Education  Moderator - Dr. Sofia Samatar (JMU English)

Funding credit: Access & Inclusion and the Office of the Provost. 


JMU Annual Diversity Conference

Wednesday, March 23, 2022  |  8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Festival Student and Conference Center

Details coming soon! 

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