The TFRE has put forth to the university a number of recommendations to advance racial equity at JMU. Each recommendation has come from a task force working group and has gone through an evaluation and feedback process. Recommendations will continue to be evaluated through the implementation process. To learn more about the recommendation and continual feedback process click here.

The full description of a recommendation is available on the linked PDF. Use the green drop-down button to read a brief summary and learn the recommendation's champion and date assigned to the division. Each recommendation is mapped to the overarching themes identified by the Narrative Project on Race at JMU. 

Status Explanation
green  Active: The recommendation is currently being worked on by the university.
Completed  Completed: Work on the recommendation has finished and all deliverables/tasks have been completed.
Merged  Merged:The recommendation has been merged with a related recommendation or current university initiative for implementation and alignment.

Statuses last updated: January, 2023

Recommendation Status Division Description Implementation Champion Date Assigned to Division Theme from Narrative
Required Faculty Syllabi Statement on DEI & Access PDF Completed Completed Academic Affairs

Create a statement that provides a declaration of inclusivity for students that is clearly stated in their academic course description.

Hakseon Lee 9/30/21 Encourage Sustainability and Accountability
Strengthening DEI Within the General Education Program PDF Active green Academic Affairs The General Education program just completed its Academic Program Review.  Between that process and this recommendation it is important to determine how DEI is central to the teaching within the overall program. Meg Mulrooney 11/29/21 Mitigate Harm and Marginalization
Mentoring Champions PDF Active green Academic Affairs

Continue to build faculty mentoring systems that provide support through the teaching, research, promotion and tenure process.

Gilpatrick Hornsby and Narketta Sparkman-Key 9/30/21 Mitigate Harm and Marginalization
Graduate Students DEI Programming PDF Active green Academic Affairs

Expand and evaluate DEI graduate student programming.

Linda Thomas  1/31/22 Enhance Accessible Communication and Build Trust
Catalog, Curriculum and Pedagogy Audit PDF Active green Academic Affairs Conduct an audit of the catalog looking for racial inequities throughout the courses, policies and procedures. Elizabeth Oldmixon 1/18/22 Enhance Accessible Communication and Build Trust
Sound the Alarm – Early Academic Retention Navigating Success (EARNS) PDF Merged Merged Academic Affairs Take a look at the various supportive structures in place to guide and support students throughout their academic career.  Connect with the Quality Enhancement Plan to develop systems that ensure students success and early intervention as needed. Paul Mabrey 2/2/22 Enhance Accessible Communication and Build Trust
Co-Curricular Experience / Education Gen Ed Requirement PDF Active green Student Affairs, Academic Affairs Jonathan Stewart, Meg Mulrooney, Myles Surrett, and Claire Lyons 2/28/22 Strengthen Efforts to Change Culture
Bias in Student Evaluation of Teaching PDF Active green Academic Affairs

Research best practices to determine if there are equitable ways for students to evaluate BIPOC/Women/Queer and other faculty from under-represented populations.

John Burgess 3/14/22 Mitigate Harm and Marginalization
Academic Unit Head Leadership Development PDF Active green Academic Affairs

Provide resources and information to assist Academic Unit Heads with retention, support and culture creation in support of BIPOC faculty and staff.

Elizabeth Oldmixon 4/12/22 Strengthen Efforts to Change Culture
Pipeline Program From Four-Year HBCU Graduates Into The Graduate School Admittance at JMU PDF Active green Academic Affairs Explore the opportunities and partnerships to recruit students from HBCU’s into JMU’s graduate programs. Linda Thomas 4/12/22 Strengthen Efforts to Change Culture
Making Faculty Awards Processes and Decisions Inclusive and Equitable PDF Active green Academic Affairs Evaluate the processes, selection and awarding to faculty awards.  To ensure equity and promotion especially to the BIPOC faculty community. Besi Muhonja 5/16/22 Strengthen Efforts to Change Culture
Developing a Faculty Response and Advocacy System at JMU PDF Active green Academic Affairs Develop a system that supports BIPOC faculty in crisis and/or advocates for them. Ruben Graciani 5/2/22 Mitigate Harm and Marginalization
Academic Unit, PAC Chair Leadership Development PDF Active green Academic Affairs Ultimately, this recommendation aims to ensure that the academic unit is one in which BIPOC faculty report fair treatment, feel successful and belong, and that the process of promotion and tenure is fair and equitable. Elizabeth Oldmixon and Narketta Sparkman-Key 4/20/22 Strengthen Efforts to Change Culture
New Student Experience PDF Merged Merged Access and Enrollment Continue to explore the experience of local BIPOC students in the recruitment process to JMU.  Build and enhance upon successful initiatives. Donna Harper 4/1/21 Strengthen Efforts to Change Culture
Creation of PreK-12 Youth Program Directory PDF Merged Merged Access and Enrollment Ongoing work of tracking JMU’s programs and continuing to develop methods to share the variety of programs especially with the BIPOC community. Donna Harper 5/13/21 Enhance Accessible Communication and Build Trust
Increase Participation of BIPOC Youth in Existing Programming PDF Active green Access and Enrollment Continue to create pathways for BIPOC youth locally, regionally and within the Commonwealth to learn about JMU programs and thus enroll to participate. Donna Harper 5/13/21 Enhance Accessible Communication and Build Trust
Setting Goals for Diverse Student Admissions and Mission Statement Revision PDF Active green Access and Enrollment Continue to evaluate the successful admissions practices to recruit BIPOC students.  Determine what metrics and standards we can set and what cultural aspects can be established to impact and influence the admissions process for BIPOC students. Donna Harper 8/3/21 Enhance Accessible Communication and Build Trust
Student Scholarship Audit PDF Active green Access and Enrollment Taking a wholistic approach and view to JMU’s scholarship awarding process.  Increase BIPOC applicants and thus awards within JMU’s system. Donna Harper 3/14/22 Strengthen Efforts to Change Culture
Demystifying the Value of a Purchase Order PDF Active green Administration and Finance

Continue to teach and share with members of the JMU community who utilize purchase orders to look and build relationships with SWAM businesses.

Towana Moore 5/11/21 Strengthen Efforts to Change Culture
Leadership Messaging / Visibility of Expectation PDF Active green Administration and Finance Strengthen the messages around SWAM businesses. Develop a multifaceted approach to communicate and create awareness and culture change to benefit the utilization of SWAM businesses. Towana Moore 5/11/21 Encourage Sustainability and Accountability
Develop and Execute a Marketing and Education Program PDF Active green Administration and Finance

Ask the administration to provide leadership in how to market SWAM business and the connection and benefit they bring to the university.   

Towana Moore 5/11/21 Encourage Sustainability and Accountability
Woman and Minority Owned Business Connection Forum(s) PDF Completed purple dot Administration and Finance Bring together people from these identity groups to connect with one another and JMU departments. Forum completed in May 2022. Towana Moore 5/11/21 Strengthen Efforts to Change Culture
Staff Community Resource Connections PDF Active green Administration and Finance Part of the faculty onboarding process includes a routine welcome/orientation email from Human Resources (HR) listing campus community resources and information. This process can be paralleled with relatively minor adaptations to be applicable and impactful for new classified and wage employees.  Chuck Flick  2/14/22 Encourage Sustainability and Accountability
Staff Recruiting for Diversity PDF Active green Administration and Finance

Recognize that JMU needs to invest in people who will continuously look to build and establish methods to recruit BIPOC faculty and staff.

Chuck Flick  2/14/22 Strengthen Efforts to Change Culture
Full-Time JMU Employment Recruiters PDF Active green Administration and Finance Expand the JMU recruitment team to hire individuals with direct responsibility to build relationships with BIPOC individuals based on employment classification. Chuck Flick  2/14/22 Strengthen Efforts to Change Culture
Allies for Racial Equity Training PDF Active green Administration and Finance We recommend that training and other resources be developed and administered that will provide ways the JMU community can become empowered to be vocal allies in the fight for racial equity.  Gail Napora 2/4/22 Mitigate Harm and Marginalization
Exit Interview System Review PDF Active green Administration and Finance Develop a more robust exit interview system that incorporates information and questions by identity, and captures those experiences. Rick Larson  4/20/22 Mitigate Harm and Marginalization
Inclusive Language PDF Active green Administration and Finance Creating physical signage on campus and digital formats that creates inclusivity for all.  11/15/21 Enhance Accessible Communication and Build Trust
Advertising Funding to Enhance Diverse Applicant Pools PDF Active green Administration and Finance The goal is to create a centralized funding resources to recruit diverse applicants. Rick Larson  4/12/22 Enhance Accessible Communication and Build Trust
Spanish Language Translation of Documents PDF Active green Administration and Finance Creating digital and printed materials that are translated into various languages to create equitable access. Rick Larson  4/20/22 Enhance Accessible Communication and Build Trust
Providing Additional Support for Athletics Academic Advisors PDF Active green Athletics New and additional resources to support athletic academic advisors in their service to BIPOC student athletes. Jennifer Phillips 3/21/22 Enhance Accessible Communication and Build Trust
Alumni Student-Athlete Summer Seminar PDF Active green Athletics

Create a summer leadership and developmental experience for student athletes.  Utilizing alumni to create sessions and workshops for currently enrolled student athletes.

Meredith Crawford 3/21/22 Mitigate Harm and Marginalization
Creating a mobile app targeted for JMU student communities of color and commuter students to connect them more efficiently to resources and spaces on campus PDF Active green Student Affairs, Access and Enrollment Explore the creation of a mobile app that captures DEI information for prospective students. 7/31/21 Strengthen Efforts to Change Culture
First Year Inspiring Dukes (FYI Dukes) PDF Active green Student Affairs Create a way for current upper students, who represent a number of student leaders’ perspectives, to be mentors to incoming students from BIPOC groups. Casey Ouren and Rebeca Barge 3/31/22 Enhance Accessible Communication and Build Trust
Recruiting and Retaining Indigenous and Native American (I/NA) Students PDF Active green Academic Affairs Researching and understanding JMU’s current practices and how to expand them to support this identity group. Carole Nash 5/2/22 Enhance Accessible Communication and Build Trust
OSARP and Student Handbook Audit for Racial Profiling and Bias PDF Active green Student Affairs

Review the JMU student handbook for equity in policies and procedures especially for BIPOC students.

Dirron Allen  5/9/22 Mitigate Harm and Marginalization
Black Student Experience PDF Active green Student Affairs Elevate, celebrate and capture the black student experience at JMU and learn how to build upon successes and improve the experience. DeAndre Powell, Bayo Ogundipe and Deborwah Faulk 2/8/22 Mitigate Harm and Marginalization
Increase diversity of images for all PreK-12 Youth Programs on Social Media Platforms PDF Merged Merged University Advancement Ongoing: Share with program owners various ideas on expanding the images used for the advertising of their programs to represent all groups of people. Mary-Hope Vass 5/10/21 Enhance Accessible Communication and Build Trust
Centralized DEI Events Website PDF Merged Merged University Advancement

Create a centralized DEI website that lists all events and programs (merged with DEI Website recommendation).

Andy Perrine  2/14/22 Encourage Sustainability and Accountability
Alumni Help in Diversity Recruitment PDF Active green University Advancement Utilizing and creating space for BIPOC alumni to assist in the undergraduate admissions recruiting process. Carrie Combs  5/9/22 Enhance Accessible Communication and Build Trust
JMU Connecting with Alumni PDF Active green University Advancement

Continue to build and strengthen the ways JMU connects with BIPOC Alumni and engages them to assist JMU with the strategic plan of the university.

Carrie Combs  5/9/22 Strengthen Efforts to Change Culture
Glossary of Racial Equity Terms PDF Completed purple dot Academic Affairs The recommendation is for JMU to support a glossary of racial equity terms. The time is now for the university to endorse a glossary that empowers all units across campus to distribute written messages about race that are consistent, accurate and up to date.  Yasmeen Shorish 5/21/21 Strengthen Efforts to Change Culture
Authorized Adult Training PDF Active green Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Access and Enrollment Evaluate the training, recruitment and information used in our pre-collegiate programs throughout the university. Melissa Heatwole, David Owusu-Ansah and Paula Lam 3/21/2022 Mitigate Harm and Marginalization
DEI Online Organization Chart PDF Completed purple dot Administration and Finance Create an organization chart highlighting the DEI leadership throughout the university. Rick Larson 3/14/2021 Encourage Sustainability and Accountability
Data as a Tool to Enhance the Success of Minoritized Students PDF Active green President's Office JMU should take an inventory of the data it currently has to meet its goals, determine who needs the data, expand access to the data, maintain transparency of the data, and provide information about how to use it to identify and close equity gaps for students, faculty, and staff. Based on the data, minoritized students’ progress should be reviewed academically and socially at specific intervals throughout the year to inform action and mitigate problems.  Chris Orem 4/12/2022 Encourage Sustainability and Accountability
Racial Equity Statement PDF Active green University Advancement To establish a public-facing, university-wide statement/stance, we recommend an inclusive process be undertaken to craft an equity statement including associated definitions and commitments.  Andy Perrine 5/10/2021 Encourage Sustainability and Accountability
Elevate DEI on JMU Website PDF Merged Merged University Advancement

Create a DEI website for the university to provide data, information, resources and JMU commitment to DEI with an online presence.

Andy Perrine 1/31/2022 Encourage Sustainability and Accountability
Safe Space for Student Athletes PDF Merged Merged Athletics

Create spaces for student athletes from a racial group to feel welcomed and have the freedom to be successful at JMU.

Meredith Crawford Mitigate Harm and Marginalization
Orientation Class for Incoming Student Athletes PDF Merged Merged Athletics Explore the creation of a semester long course designed to provide student athletes with a foundation of success as they learn about the JMU community. Jake Van Roekel 3/21/2022 Strengthen Efforts to Change Culture
Planning - Beyond the Task Force on Racial Equity PDF Active green Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Now that the Task Force has completed its work, determine the next steps and iterations needed to support the ongoing work of supporting the BIPOC community of JMU. Malika Carter-Hoyt 12/2/2021 Encourage Sustainability and Accountability
Data Collection on Analysis & Transparency PDF Active green Academic Affairs Connecting all surveys and instruments that collect data or research that impacts faculty, their experience and ability to make DEI change at JMU. Narketta Sparkman-Key 1/23/21 Encourage Sustainability and Accountability
TFRE Response-Advisory Team PDF Completed Completed University Advancement A suggestion was created to expand the voices to assist with the DEI responses from the university.  The new Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will take the lead in that process. Nick Langridge 12/2/2021 Encourage Sustainability and Accountability
Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center PDF Completed Completed Task Force Co-Chairs JMU had a team attend the AAC&U national conference in the summer of 2021.  JMU was awarded the status to join and is in the process of establishing a center. Art Dean 12/2/2020 Strengthen Efforts to Change Culture

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