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The Graduate School is committed to providing an inclusive work environment for all JMU employees. We endeavor to support opportunities for professional development and growth around diversity, equity, and inclusion and foster communities of support in the workplace.
Professional Development



James Madison University has joined NCFDD as an Institutional Member. The NCFDD is a nationally recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty, post-docs, and graduate students.

They provide a variety of virtual programs and resources including:

  • Weekly Monday Motivator
  • Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars
  • Monthly Guest Expert Webinars
  • Access to Multi-Week Courses
  • Access to Dissertation Success Curriculum for graduate students
  • Private Discussion Forum for peer-mentoring, problem-solving and moderated writing challenges
  • Monthly accountability buddy matches
  • Access to 14-Day Writing Challenges
  • Access to the Member Library that includes past webinar materials, referrals and readings

To activate your free Institutional Membership, complete the following steps:

  • To join visit NCFDD
  • Choose James Madison University from the drop-down menu, then click Continue
  • Click Activate my Membership
  • Complete the registration form using your JMU email address (i.e.
  • Go to your email to find a confirmation/welcome email.
  • Click Activate Account in the message.
Resources & Initiatives on Campus

Center for Faculty Innovation- The Center for Faculty Innovation provides comprehensive professional development opportunities for JMU instructional faculty at all levels and stages of their careers. CFI initiatives are designed to enhance academic culture and support innovations in teaching, scholarship, and career development. 

D.E.E.P. (Diversity Education Empowerment Program) Impact - The Diversity Education Empowerment Program designed to influence meaningful change throughout the James Madison University campus community through the development of programs and services that heighten awareness, increase knowledge, and celebrate the value of diversity in all forms.

Diversity Conference - The Office of the President sponsors the annual JMU Diversity Conference. This popular conference celebrates diversity by providing learning opportunities for our faculty, staff and local community through a multitude of sessions, engaging keynote speakers and award recognitions.

Madison Caucus on Gender Equality - The Madison Caucus on Gender Equality updates the historic Faculty Women’s Caucus that was initiated in 1973 to address discrimination against women in the JMU workplace. The caucus reaches out to all professional women and men on campus, understanding that gender based workplace bias affects not only women but men and families as well. In the 2011-2012 academic year, dedicated JMU citizens gathered to discuss how we might continue the activism of the original caucus in the 21st century. We have revised our constitution, updated our name, and identified goals and activities to guide us. Please consider joining the Madison Caucus for Gender Equality; there is plenty of work and good community to be shared.

Office of Access and Inclusion- The mission of the Office of Access and Inclusion is to assist and lead in creating an inclusive environment for JMU’s faculty, staff and students.

Office of Equal Opportunity- The Office of Equal Opportunity administers JMU’s commitment to providing an equitable and safe environment free of discrimination for the entire JMU community.

Sister’s in Session - 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.

Safe Zone- Safe Zone is a voluntary network of faculty, staff and students who believe that every member of the university community should have an equal opportunity to grow and learn in a safe and open environment.

Resources and Initiatives in the Community

Friendly City Safe Space- The Friendly City Safe Space is a community for LGBTQ+ people and aspiring allies of all ages, racial and ethnic identities in Harrisonburg and surrounding counties that will empower them with the resources, education, and community necessary to thrive as equal, healthy, supported, essential members of our society.

Brown Suga Charlottesville- Brown Suga Charlottesville is a social collective for lesbian, bisexual, queer, trans women and sapphics of color in Charlottesville, Va. and surrounding area.

Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project - The Shenandoah Valley project is a collaboration that began in February 2013. Their mission is to learn, share and illuminate African American history of the Shenandoah Valley.

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