The Nelson Institute is a concrete manifestation of James Madison University's commitment to meet both the educational requirements of its students in a changing world and its own need to respond to the real world challenges faced by society today.  It is housed in and reports to the Department of Justice Studies at JMU.


The Institute advances several university priorities:

  • Offering quality academic programs
  • Being innovative in developing programs
  • Developing optimal student competencies in written and oral communication, critical thinking, information systems, and quantitative literacy
  • Encouraging civic and community engagement through partnerships with community agencies focused on advancing justice

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