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Engagement Fellow for Accessibility and Belonging, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
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Isabella Cabaccan-Picart is a recent May 2023 graduate of James Madison University. Bella graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a minor in Art History. During her time at JMU, Bella was heavily involved in campus organizations and programs such as Filipino-Americans at Madison (FAM), Make Your Mark on Madison (MYMOM), Outriggers, and Student Ambassadors. She has held various leadership positions within these organizations, primarily focusing on promoting and empowering students’ voices on campus. Bella has a passion for promoting a more student-driven approach at JMU and allowing students to grow in their strengths and establish a greater sense of belonging within themselves and their community - and that passion has found a place to blossom within this role as the Engagement Fellow for Accessibility and Belonging in Student Affairs. She is excited to be a part of the change here at Madison and looks forward to working with both students and faculty/staff on cultivating a positive, people-centered community. 

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Position Overview
The Engagement Fellow for Accessibility and Belonging will work directly with the Associate Vice President of Accessibility and Belonging to create and foster an equitable campus community. They will help manage administrative duties for the Student Affairs Accessibility and Belonging portfolio which includes the Office of Disability Services; Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression; the Center for Multicultural Student Services; JMU VALOR; and Religious Life. They will also provide insight on different diversity efforts around the university and within Student Affairs.

Accessibility and Belonging Fellowship Duties and Responsibilities
The Accessibility and Belonging Engagement Fellow will serve as a voice on a variety of councils and boards doing Accessibility and Belonging work. This will include the Student Affairs’ Accessibility and Belonging Council, the University Accessibility Committee, and the SOGIE Advisory Board. The fellow will also have the opportunity to serve on committees across the university that best fit their interests and passion. The fellow will assist the AVP in advocating for students, meeting with students, and working on issues surrounding inequities on campus. Finally, to ensure all student affairs efforts are student-centered, the fellow will also be expected to provide the perspective of a former JMU student in many spaces. The fellow will be expected to use their own experience as a former student to guide accessibility and belonging work at the university. The fellow should also have exceptional writing skills, communication, and attention to detail.

JMU Presidential Engagement Fellows will: Represent the University and are held to the highest standards of performance and behavior. They should seek to provide quality service in their placements while growing both personally and professionally. Their past experience at James Madison University should inform their daily work as they seek to help this community grow and improve every day. They will serve as part of a cohort of Fellows dedicated to the Fellowship and James Madison University. They will also balance their commitment to the Program with the needs of their placement and the work needed for each to be successful.

  1. Demonstrate a commitment to the James Madison University Mission and Vision and a sense of responsibility and obligation within the community and organization they serve.
  2. Approach complex problems through the practice of interpersonal skills that promote teamwork and acceptance of diversity of thought regarding goals and priorities.
  3. Uphold meaningful and productive connections between the university and community, and be alert to possibilities for expansion.
  4. Explore personal strengths and improve upon weaknesses, with particular emphasis on developing career options and exploring life plan goals through experiential learning.
  5. Display an understanding of organizational communication and interconnectedness and how entities work together to solve larger community-based problems.

In addition to meeting the specific job description/expectations for the respective department, the Fellow will:

  • Exceed expectations within their placement and serve the JMU community through their 25 hours average per week in that role.
  • Work in their role for the time period of August 15 – May 15;
  • Engage in an average of 2 hours of weekly program activities:
  • Participate in all professional development activities organized by the program;
  • Attend weekly program staff meetings;
  • Represent the university at designated events and programs and serve as an ambassador for the university; and
  • Adhere to all JMU policies for employees; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

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