Student Connection with Engagement Fellow

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Autumn Cox

Autumn is from Richmond and graduated from JMU in 2018 as a Communications Major with an Advocacy Studies concentration with a minor in Nonprofit Studies. During undergrad she was the President of Kids Club (a service organization focused on youth in the Shenandoah valley) and was a member of The Madison Society. She was in Phi Mu Sorority where she served as a Rho Gamma, as well as a FrOG for 1787 Orientation. She also interned for the Executive Advisor to the President of JMU as well as the IIHHS (institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services), she worked in the community with America Reads at Spotswood Elementary School, and volunteered with a local Youth Council as well as the Explore Your Ideas Club through the Explore More Children's Museum.

        Her new role as the Fellow for Student Connection with Engagement will include working with the office of Strategic Planning to create a strategic communications plan targeting undergrad students, establishing an "engagement hub" for students, and working overall on a proposal to advance student understanding of engagement beyond 2019 through focus groups, student interviews, and student interactions across campus. She is “most excited to be working with students! My undergraduate career was completely shaped by engagement on campus and in the Harrisonburg community, and I want to work towards making these opportunities available and accessible to students all across campus.”


The Position

Autumn works to be the bridge between students and the administration here on campus. Much of her duties include actively seeking out opportunities to connect with students and learn more about their engagement experience at JMU. She has begun “Coffee Breaks”, an initiative to have meaningful conversations with students over a cup of coffee, and use information collected from these conversations to impact university planning. The fellow has also begun setting the groundwork for “engagement hubs”, one stop shops for student engagement news and opportunities across campus. The fellow sits in on important engagement related committees and meetings across campus, acting as the student perspective and keeping up to date on all engagement related news and initiatives across the university. Throughout this position, she is developing and implementing a strategic communications plan the targets students, beginning with a student body-wide engagement newsletter. This communication plan is intended to lay the groundwork for future fellows to improve the JMU student connection with engagement. 


Primary Fellowship Responsibilities
  • The fellow aids the university in expanding its effectiveness in communicating with students about engagement opportunities
  • The fellow understands both students and student affairs, and acts as a bridge between the two to strategically encourge more students take advantage of the learning afforded by engagement opportunities
  • The fellow sees the year as personally and professionally fulfilling - citing it as very enjoyable and valuable  
The Student Connection with Engagement Fellow must:
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of the university mission and vision statement, as well as strategic plan.
  • Have effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Be willing to learn and actively seek out engagement opportunities available to students.
  • Have experience with project management.
  • Have knowledge of the JMU student culture.
  • The fellow should see the service year as personally and professionally fulfilling

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