Engagement Fellow for the President's Office


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Olivia Stephens

This year, Liv Stephens is stepping into the new Engagement Fellowship in the President’s Office with a passion and enthusiasm for serving the James Madison University community. Liv is from Virginia Beach and graduated from JMU in 2018 with a B.S. in communication studies with an advocacy concentration and a minor in political science, cum laude. While in undergrad, Liv stayed busy serving as a JMU Police Cadet, a Vice President for Madison Equality, a member of the Student Government Association Diversity Ad Hoc Committee, a member of the Gender and Work Research Collective, and as a goalie for the Women’s Water Polo Team. During her undergraduate years Liv also worked as a Huber Connection shadow for the Valley AIDS Network, an intern for Whittington Law, a research intern at Media Matters for America, and as a Business Development intern for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer &Feld in Washington, DC.

In her new role as the Engagement Fellow in the office of the President, Liv supports President Alger’s key strategic goals and university engagement initiatives. She is most excited to contribute to making JMU the national model for an engaged university, and looks forward to fostering a campus environment that is ripe with active citizens and empowered community members. With the right education and resources, Liv believes that all JMU students can embody James Madison’s vision of an American populace that arms itself against tyranny and oppression through education and engagement.



The Position: 

Liv acts as the boots on the ground supporting President Alger’s key strategic goals and university engagement initiatives. She provides support for the Madison Vision Series, TedEd, the American Evolution 2019 Commemoration, Valley Scholars Shark Tank, the Madison Cup, Virginia in the Vanguard, engagement related grant writing, campus diversity and inclusion efforts, and outreach to university guests.

The 2019-2020 fellow in the President's Office will continue all of these activities and will take on new assignments as needed.

Additionally, the engagement fellow in the President's office assists in the creation and distribution of presidential engagement messages, accompanies the president and executive advisor to engagement events, works with other engagement fellows to ensure coordination of university engagement efforts, and provides support for campus-wide engagement initiatives.

The president's office engagement fellowship requires someone who is a self-starter, and is passionate about civic engagement, engaged learning, and community engagement. The position also requires flexibility, resilience, and teamwork, due to a heavy emphasis on tackling 'other duties as assigned'. This person should also be a 'people person' who asks questions, and isn't afraid to take on new challenges. This person must also have Cascade 8 experience, or a willigness to learn Cascade 8. 

The President's Office Engagement Fellow must:

  • Be a recent graduate of James Madison University
  • Have an understanding of communication tools and strategies, including web and mobile technology and social media
  • Have some institutional knowledge of JMU's engagement efforts
  • Have effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Have leadership and in-team effectiveness

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