D.E.E.P. Impact Program

Heighten awareness, increase knowledge, and celebrate the value of diversity in all forms.


Experiential Learning Trips

Participate in weekend-long issue awareness building trips across the US centered on specific themes.


Student Conferences

Attend nationally recognized conferences celebrating diversity.


Summer Programs

9-12 grade students can spend their summer at JMU to investigate their career and life goals.

Experiential Learning Trips

The Center for Multicultural Student Services sponsors annual Experiential Learning Trips (ELT) that are designed to immerse students into various cultural and ethnic experiences that support a co-circular learning environment. Each ELT offers a challenging learning atmosphere, promotes understanding, encourages open communication and supports team cohesiveness through small group experiences. Participants will increase their cultural awareness and knowledge as it relates to the overall trip theme, while increasing self-awareness, self-understanding and personal responsibility.

Experiential Learning Friends

Individuals are offered the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills through trainings and positions of responsibility. These positions, known as Experiential Learning Friends (ELFs), are offered to students (Sophomores - Seniors) through an application and interview process. ELFs are partnered with a professional staff member to conduct reflection sessions in order to process the emotional, intellectual and personal responses to an experiential learning trip as well as assist with the overall planning process. New ELFs are selected each academic year. Applications will be listed on the homepage when they are available.

For more information about ELT trips and ELF leadership opportunities, please contact Mr. Reginald Stroble at (540) 568-6636 or via e-mail at stroblrl@jmu.edu.

Student Conferences

The Center for Multicultural Student Services promotes the professional and leadership development of all students. Throughout the academic year, individuals have several opportunities to engage in conferences and other opportunities that will heighten their ability to be effective leaders on campus and in their respective chosen career fields. In the past, students have attended the East Coast Asian Student Union (ECASU) conference, the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI), the African American Student Leadership Experience (AASLE), and Diversity Career Day. Information about conference dates and ways to sign up for them will be posted to the homepage when available.

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