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 Renewing our CIVIL SOCIETY

James Madison Center for Civic Engagement

BECAUSE OF OUR TIES to the Constitution and its chief architect, we have always primed students to be active and informed participants in civic life. With the establishment of the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement in the fall of 2017, we began a broader, deeper effort to support the full realization of our vision: being the national model for the engaged university, engaged with ideas and the world.


Investing in the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement means this nonpartisan academic center can help JMU lead higher education in a new national standard of civic learning and democratic engagement.

Program Support
Financial gifts will fuel the following and more: voter registration and education; student trips to Montpelier, Madison’s historic home; freshman-year awards for outstanding public advocacy writing; and civic engagement training, such as certification, media literacy seminars and an institute for community leaders.

Student and Faculty Support
You can provide mini-grants for scholars at all levels of the institution: for students to develop civic action plans, for faculty to create course modules in civic engagement for all disciplines, and for both to innovate new ways to address public issues in and outside the classroom.

Naming Opportunities
Because the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement is relatively new at JMU, numerous programs with deep civic impact can carry your name when you support them with a leadership gift, including such high-profile opportunities as a speaker series; a visiting or distinguished professorship, such as a Madison scholar-in-residence; fellowships for undergraduates, graduates, and faculty; or the center itself.


Here at JMU, political factions exert less influence than the forces that unite us. We open doors for one another. People and relationships matter. Our faculty-student mentorships, student-student bonds and culture of caring create a rare sense of community for everyone who has ever called JMU home. Our Madison spirit leads us to compromise and collaborate with a vision of civic engagement for all, from the classroom to the capitol and beyond. The new James Madison Center for Civic Engagement needs your support to achieve our civic learning objectives, which are nonpartisan and rooted in knowledge, enhanced by skills, and grounded in values and dispositions for securing a robust democracy.


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