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Economic and Community Development Engagement Fellow

Katherine Chiu

Katherine is from Ellicott City, MD and graduated from JMU in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education and minors in both Pre-Medicine and Medical Humanities. This year, she will be working with JMU Professional & Continuing Education as the Economic and Community Development Engagement Fellow. During her undergraduate studies, Katherine was a student of the Honors College, a member of the Marching Royal Dukes, an EMT at Harrisonburg Rescue Squad,a co-founder of the UNICEF Club, a leader in the Alternative Break Program,and more. Katherine is honored to serve the Shenandoah Valley during the COVID-19 pandemic and thrilled to work alongside the other Engagement Fellows. In the future, Katherine hopes to attend medical school, become a pediatrician, and advocate for enhanced health education and access in medically underserved areas.

Interested in Applying to this Fellowship Position?

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.

  • 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.
  • Approach complex problems through the practice of interpersonal skills that promote teamwork and acceptance of diversity of thought regarding goals and priorities.
  • Uphold meaningful and productive connections between the university and community, and be alert to possibilities for expansion.
  • Explore personal strengths and improve upon weaknesses, with particular emphasis on developing career options and exploring life plan goals through experiential learning.
  • Display an understanding of organizational communication and interconnectedness and how entities work together to solve larger community-based problems.
  • Recognize how personal and career goals can include responsiveness to community needs and be rewarding to self and others.

Position Overview

James Madison University’s Professional &Continuing Education (PCE) responds to individual, business, and community needs through transformative educational programs and experiences including community & economic development. This Engagement Fellowship position was created to support PCE’s efforts to help local businesses and nonprofits throughout the Shenandoah Valley in their COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. PCE, in close collaboration with area economic and community development partners, will create and implement programming and opportunities focused on: business and organizational development, workforce training, entrepreneurial development, and nonprofit capacity building.

Fellowship Duties and Responsibilities

This Engagement Fellowship position will:

  • Identify community (private sector business and nonprofit organization) needs in response to COVID-19 response and recovery.
  • Conduct research to help build programming in response to community needs.
  • Assist with preparing materials for use in research activities, trainings, programming, and applied community projects.
  • Aid in the identification of new community partnerships and expand relationships with existing community partners.
  • Disseminate information and provide regular updates.
  • Assist PCE Associate with preparing for presentations, reports, and other events.

Provide professional and administrative support.

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