Welcome to a new academic year and the fifth issue of The Beacon! For those of you that are new to this newsletter, you will find highlights, programs, and upcoming activities that support Access and Inclusion at James Madison University.

As educators and administrators, we have a responsibility to initiate civil discourse with our students - and each other. The many activities and opportunities on campus that you will see in this issue allow us to step up to that challenge. Join me in encouraging our campus community to be engaged in our upcoming fall events many of which focus on global interconnectedness and the challenges we face together. Educational and inspirational events that honor our cultural and ethnic heritages are also highlighted in this issue as we celebrate International Week and Hispanic Awareness Month.

Karina Kline-Gabel

Lecturer of Spanish and President of the Madison Hispanic Caucus


Breaking Chains: Voices from Slavery to Civil Rights

Featuring the voices of those who suffered under slavery and fought for equality, Breaking Chains brings focus to difficult aspects of our nation’s history while celebrating the diversity of the American experience. Sept. 10-Nov. 30, Lisanby Museum - Festival
All proceeds benefit Operation Enduring Freedom & Operation Iraqi Freedom Student Veterans at JMU.

Archie Rand: The 613

The 613, a serial painting inspired by the 613 Jewish commandments in the Hebrew Bible, come together to form a startling visual narrative, mysteriously addressing the deepest ritual systems of tradition. Sept. 11-Oct. 13, Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art

Race, Faith, and Climate Change: How Global Warming is a Civil Rights Issue

Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley is the emeritus pastor of the historic Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta and has been involved in the climate justice movement. Monday, Sept. 17th, 7:00p.m. Festival

Diversity Council Chair Meetings

Wednesday, Sept. 19th and Wednesday, Oct. 17th, 1:30 p.m., Moody Hall Conference Room

Harrisonburg Then and Now

Photographing the Friendly City in the 1940s and today, highlighting the city’s rich cultural diversity. Sept. 11-Nov. 9th Institute for Visual Studies – Roop Hall

Constitution Day: David Rubenstein

Madison Vision Series: Mr. Rubenstein has been a national leader focusing on the preservation of the heritage of our founding period and in helping all of us to understand its continuing relevance. Monday, September 17th at 3:30 p.m. Forbes Center Concert Hall

Black Women in Sequence: Re-inking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime

Deborah Whaley, Professor of American Studies and African American Studies, Senior Scholar, Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio, University of Iowa Thursday, September 20 at 5:00 p.m. Carrier Library, Room 301

International Week - September 24-29

Join the Center for Global Engagement in an array of opportunities.

Why Refugees Matter

Democracy in Peril Series: Jim Hershberger, Former Director of Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program. Monday, Sept. 24th at 5:00 p.m. Madison Hall, Room 1001

Call Your Mutha'

Dominion Lecture Series: Jane Caputi, Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Florida Atlantic University. Monday, Sept. 24th, 6:30p.m, West Campus Dining Hall, 3rd floor Hall of Presidents Room

Intimate Apparel

Lynn Nottage is the first female playwright to win two Pulitzer Prizes. This is a story of class, culture and circumstances set in 1905 NYC. Adult language, adult content and sexual content. Sept. 25-29

Our Government’s Role with the World’s Most Vulnerable

International Week Keynote Speaker: Maria Otero Former Undersecretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Right. Tuesday, Sept. 25th at 7:00 p.m. Madison Union Ballroom

The Strategic Implications of Climate-Induced Conflict

Marcus King, Elliott School of International Affairs George Washington University. Thursday, Sept. 27th at 7:00 p.m. Festival Grand Ballroom

The Great Uncertainty: Long Term Impact of the Political Divide At Home and Abroad

Democracy in Peril Series: Eric Cantor, Former Virginia Congressman and House Majority Leader. Monday, October 8th at 5:00 p.m. Madison Hall, Room 1001

Black Secret Technologies and the Remaking of the Future

John Jennings noted designer, illustrator, cartoonist, award-winning graphic novelist and curator, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies , University of California, Riverside. Thursday, October 11th, 4:00 p.m. Carrier Library, Room 301

Writers Hour

Join best-selling author, John Grisham for a causal conversation with
James McBride as they discuss books, publishing and the writing process. Wednesday, October 17th at 3:00 p.m. Forbes Center

Humayun Kahan

This culturally unifying concert featuring Khan, his band and JMU School of Music students includes classical Indian khayal, Afghan folk music, world fusion, Pakistani qawwali, and Khan’s unique blending of Persian poetry with Indian ragas. Sunday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m. Forbes Center Concert Hall

50 Years Later: The Ongoing Racial Wealth Divide

Democracy in Peril Series: Dedrick Asante-Muhammad Senior Fellow of the Racial Wealth Divide Initiative at Prosperity Now and Former Sr. Director of the Economic Department at the NAACP. Monday, October 29th at 5:00 p.m. Madison Hall, Room 1001

Corporations Are People Too: (And They Should Act Like It)

Kent Greenfield, Michael and Helen Lee Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Law Boston College. Tuesday, October 30th at 5:30 p.m. 2105 Harrison Hall, Room 2105

Association of Former Members of Congress

Jim Coyne, Former Republican Congressman of Pennsylvania
Nick Rahall, Former Democratic Congressman of West Virginia

Madison Vision Series: Former members of Congress will discuss the future of American political discourse. The presentation will focus on ways that we can work across political difference in the service of the public good. Thursday, November 1st at 3:30 p.m., Grafton-Stovall Theatre

Soweto Gospel Choir

Songs of the Free - Celebrating the centennial of Nelson Mandela's birth. Friday, November 2nd at 8:00 p.m. Forbes Center Concert Hall


Connect with CMSS for a variety of events

DEEP Impact Diversity Dialogues held at 7:00 p.m. Madison Union Ballroom

Sept. 12th: #TrendingNow: Summer 2018

Sept. 26th: Environmental Racism (in conjunction with International Week)

Oct. 3rd: Sizeism (with REACH)

Oct. 10th: Afrofuturism

International Week Student Events – September 24-29

Monday – International Bazaar: D-Hall Commons Area 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and I-week Trivia Night: 8:00 p.m. Madison Hall 2nd floor

Wednesday – Study Abroad and International Student Open Mic: Taylor Down Under 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Thursday – Study Abroad Fair: Festival Grand Ballroom 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Saturday – Harrisonburg International Festival: Downtown Harrisonburg 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Shuttle service available

LGBTQ & Ally Education

Puppy Pride: September 13th and October 10th from 1-1:40 p.m. SSC 1320

Out on Campus Dialogue: October 9th at 7:00 p.m. Madison Ballroom

Sexual Assault Awareness

Sextacular - A Healthy Sexuality Fair: September 20th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Madison Union 256

Escalation Workshop: October 9th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Madison Union 306

Nonviolent Communication: October 15th 4:30 p.m. Madison Union 404

Film screening – WMM: A Better Man: October 17th 7:00 p.m. Madison Union Ballroom

Real Talk - Alcohol and Sex: October 23rd 4:30-5:30 p.m. SSC 1075

Latino Student Alliance Hispanic Awareness Week – October 8-13

Monday: Jeopardy! - Test your knowledge of Hispanic History and more!

Tuesday: Diversity Panel: How did we all get here? - Listen to first-generation students share stories of how they ended up here at JMU!

Wednesday: A cocinar - Join LSA in learning how to cook a classic Latino dish!

Thursday: Salasarengue - Join all your friends in learning how to salsa with Candela!

Friday: LSA's Amazing race - Come watch teams compete in the ultimate competition around campus

Saturday: Noche de Sabor - Join us for a fantastic cultural show!


Tim Miller, Vice President for Student Affairs

The Gardener Planting and Growing at JMU
One of my favorite activities is gardening, and I often think of education’s similarities to this activity. We all have a responsibility to plant seeds through our knowledge, our perspectives, our beliefs, and even our admonishments.
We have a responsibility to find the reasons and sources of struggle or lack of growth and address them within our community. It isn’t enough to see that most students are doing well, our hope and mission has to be an effort to ensure a future for all of our students.

Bryana Moore, SGA Diversity Council Chair

Bringing Light to Issues Faced by Multicultural Students
The Centennial Scholars Program pushes you to be the ultimate version of yourself. Everyone’s backgrounds and stories are different, so we’re exposed to many cultures and experiences that remind me I am not alone in my journey.
I understand the value of service-oriented work and have used my experiences to help other students . Working hand-in-hand with students and administrators has been essential to my growth as a person.


Expanding academic research to community awareness, engagement and advocacy

Professor De Fazio received a Provost Diversity Curriculum Grant to revise a Justice Studies course. De Fazio involved students in archival research that produced a database entitled Racial Terror: Lynching in Virginia 1877-1927. This incredibly comprehensive database, which includes links to period newspaper articles, uncovered the story of Charlotte Harris, a Harrisonburg lynching victim in 1878. De Fazio is currently working with local civic groups to memorialize her.

Engagement through Local Volunteering

Volunteer and discover unforeseen insights thanks to the diversity of the people you will meet. Opportunities available with IIHHS’s Shenandoah Valley Migrant Education and Future Forward programs. Learn more today! Faculty wishing to explore opportunities for curricular and/or scholarly engagement please contact IIHHS directly

JMU Accessibility Webpage Update

Updates include new tools for navigating campus and planning accessible campus events.

Provost Task Force on Gender and Sexuality

The Provost Task Force on Gender and Sexuality’s mission is to study and recommend ways to strengthen the university’s support for and advancement of gender and LGBTQ equity among its faculty and senior leadership as well as within its curriculum and culture.

2018 Provost Grant Recipients

2018 Provost Diversity Curriculum Grants

Howard Lubert, Political Science: for a new course entitled “African-American Political Thought”

Emily Westkaemper, History: for a new course entitled “Women at Work in U.S. History”

Joshua Streeter, Theatre and Dance: for a new course in “Drama and Diversity”

Cathy McKay, Kinesiology: revising and researching best practices for inclusive education for students with disabilities in Kin 655

Daniel Morales, History: create two new courses, History of Latinx populations and History of Immigration, and incorporate a multi-year oral history project

Kara Kavanagh, Education: to revise ELED 501 to better incorporate inclusivity outcomes.

Stephanie Baller, Health Science: to revise HTH 150 to include an introductory unit on diversity for undergraduates in Health Science

Compass Award winners (L) and Women of Distinction Award winners (R) were also recognized at the Diversity Conference in March.

Broaden your diversity IQ

A glimpse of significant dates in September and October

Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15th to October 15th.

September 3: Labor Day in the United States. Labor Day honors the contribution that laborers have made to the country and is observed on the first Monday of September.

September 18-19: Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, a day of atonement marked by fasting and ceremonial repentance.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

October is also LGBT History Month.

October 8: National Indigenous People’s Day, an alternative celebration to Columbus Day, gives recognition to the indigenous populations affected by colonization.

October 11: National Coming Out Day. For those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, this day celebrates coming out and the recognition of the 1987 march on Washington for gay and lesbian equality.

As an institution of higher education named for the Father of the Constitution, there is no higher calling for JMU than to be a beacon of civil discourse on the major issues of our time. True learning is only possible when we put aside our differences, and begin listening to one another. That is what higher education is all about. - President Alger

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