Democracy in Peril
Madison Vision Series Panel
The Kaleidoscope Project
Veterans Day Observed
Today we honor the life of each brave service man and woman who made the ultimate sacrifice in the global war on terrorism. A total of 6,902 American flags will be on display. This is a joint effort between the Student Veterans Association, the Veterans Scholars Task Force, ROTC, and other organizations.
Diversity at JMU?
Come join students and the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Diversity Committee as we discuss diversity and inclusion here at JMU. We will explore the questions of are we diverse, and what does it look like to be more inclusive and empathetic on campus and in our community?
America in Transition
America in Transition is a documentary series and community engagement campaign that explores community, family, and social issues for trans people of color across the United States.
Trans 101/202 Professional Development Opportunity for Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Assistants
Registration ends Friday, November 3rd
Wednesday, November 15th 10a.m.-Noon, Madison Union Rooms 400 & 402
This professional development opportunity will explore the unique experiences and needs of trans people; identify structural and procedural barriers that face trans people; and discuss how JMU can better support our trans community. All faculty and staff are welcome, regardless of knowledge level.
For Faculty: Wednesday, Nov. 15th, Memorial Hall Room 7325
For Staff: Tuesday, Dec. 12th, Madison Union Ballroom
Furious Flower Poetry Reading: Nicole Sealey
Multiple Media Exhibit: Fahimeh Vahdat
Book Displays at Libraries
Women in Science and Science Fiction - Carrier Library
Black Lives Matter - Rose Library
12th Annual Diversity Conference
Call for Proposals
Deadline Friday, December 1st
Innovative Diversity Efforts Award (IDEA) Grants
The Office of Access & Inclusion is pleased to announce a call for proposals for projects that will enhance the diversity of JMU. The goal of this award program is to provide funds to students, faculty, and staff members who want to test innovative ideas and/or develop sustainable activities and projects that would enrich the diversity of the university. Individuals, departments, units or groups are invited to submit proposals. Awards of up to $4,000 each will be made during the Spring 2018 semester for the 2018 – 2019 academic year.
Deadline: Monday, January 15th by 5:00 p.m.
Provost's Faculty Diversity Curriculum Development Grants
The Provost’s Faculty Diversity Council is pleased to invite proposals for curriculum creation, research and revision that will highlight diversity and inclusion. The Provost has dedicated $18,000 for six awards of up to $3,000 each, for work to be accomplished during the fall 2018-spring 2019 academic year.
Deadline: Friday, January 12th by 5:00 p.m.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR JMU COMMUNITY IN ACTION
Broaden your diversity IQ:
Defining Diversity and Inclusion
“Diversity” and “inclusion” are often used interchangeably yet they are actually quite different.
Diversity refers to the long list of characteristics attributed to persons. A diverse community has individuals who represent different races, national origins, ethnicities, genders, abilities, sexual preferences, ages, interests, backgrounds, levels of educational achievement, socioeconomic statuses — and the list goes on.
Inclusion, on the other hand, refers to how the individuals in these diverse environments feel they are treated by their peers and managers — whether they feel respected and whether they have opportunities within the organization to grow and advance.
In other words, diversity looks at the composition of a community, whereas inclusion measures how fair and inclusive the interactions and practices are within that community.
A glimpse of significant dates in Nov/Dec.
November is National Native American Heritage Month, which celebrates the history and contributions of Native Americans.
November 1: All Saints Day, which commemorates all known and unknown Christian saints.
November 2: All Souls Day, which commemorates all faithful Christians who are now dead. In the Mexican tradition, the holiday is celebrated as Dia de los Muertos (October 31 and November 2), which is a time of remembrance for dead ancestors and a celebration of the continuity of life.
November 11: Veterans Day, an annual U.S. federal holiday honoring military veterans.
November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance, established in 1998 to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, and to raise awareness of the continued violence endured by the transgender community.
November 23: Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. The day was set in stone by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 and approved by Congress in 1941. Thanksgiving Day can be traced back to the 1621 celebration at the Plymouth Plantation, where the religious refugees from England known popularly as the Pilgrims invited the local Native Americans to a harvest feast after a particularly successful growing season.
December 1: World AIDS Day, which was created to commemorate those who have died of AIDS, and to acknowledge the need for a continued commitment to all those affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
December 3: International Day of Disabled Persons, which is designed to raise awareness in regards to persons with disabilities in order to improve their lives and provide them with equal opportunity.
December 10: International Human Rights Day, established by the United Nations in 1948 to commemorate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
December 12: Eid Milad Un Nabi, an Islamic holiday commemorating the birthday of the prophet Muhammad. During this celebration, homes and mosques are decorated, large parades take place, and those observing the holiday participate in charity events.
December 12-20: Hanukkah is celebrated around the world for eight days and nights. Hanukkah celebrates the victory of the Maccabees or Israelites over the Greek-Syrian ruler, Antiochus about 2200 years ago. A Menorah is a special nine-branched candelabrum.
December 21: The Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. A solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice each year when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky.
December 25: Christmas, the day that Christians celebrate Jesus’s birth.
December 26 – January 1: Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday started by Maulana Karenga in 1966 to celebrate universal African-American heritage.