At JMU, we define civic engagement as advancing the legacy of James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, by preparing individuals to be active and responsible participants in a representative democracy dedicated to the common good.

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Civic Engagement at JMU

A few examples...

  • Trained student facilitators, working with Institute of Constructive Advocacy and Dialogue (ICAD) http://www.jmu.edu/icad/ directors, designed and served as facilitators of dialogue and deliberation to increase capacity of productive dialogue about challenging community issues (campus and the broader community) for 4 community and 3 campus events.
  • JMU is a participating member of the American Democracy Project, a multi-campus initiative focused on public higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. http://www.aascu.org/programs/ADP/ 
  • JMU is the current president the International Network of Universities (INU), and JMU students participate in this unique immersion program to gain a working knowledge of global citizenship and peace with a focus on cross-disciplinary problem solving of real-world political, economic, social and cultural problems. http://www.jmu.edu/global/inu-seminar.shtml 
  • Student-led Dukes Vote initiative helped to create an on-campus voting precinct and registered more than 2,000 student voters.
  • Through the Health Policy Collaborative, Nursing students analyze complex health care issues and propose innovative solutions to community leaders and policymakers.
  • Teams from seven majors across the arts, humanities and sciences worked with professors and outside mentors on the JMU Drones Challenge on real-life, global issues related from air pollution to landmine detection and disarmament.
  • CIS 484 students worked with the Chief Magistrate of the Virginia Court System of the 25th District to develop a system to provide a mechanized way for the court to determine the next available hearing date for multiple jurisdictions,replacing a manual system.

    Civic Engagement News

  • Spraggs Portrait Alumnus helps JMU students 'engineer' career success

    Nearly 40 years after his own graduation from JMU, Spraggs is happy to share some advice garnered from a career of government and business service.

  • Dylan Russell Bright Lights-1 'A great and worthwhile challenge'

    JMU senior Dylan Russell has applied his studies in economics and international affairs during a pair of service-based internships.

  • khan and barker-bright light Creating dialogue

    Recent graduates Najeeha Khan and Kayla Barker bring the resources and knowledge they've gained at JMU home to promote discussion and civic engagement.

  • Signature Little Jimmy Statue Building a civic-minded society

    At the university named for James Madison, civic engagement has taken on a whole new meaning.

  • 2017 Stringham grant thumb Putting life's lessons in song

    Music professors David Stringham and Jesse Rathgeber started the program this fall along with social work professor Cindy Hunter.


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