Critical Race Training in Education

James Madison University

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
800 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807
Phone
(540) 568-6211
Email address
admissions@jmu.edu
School Information
"Founded in 1908, James Madison University is a public university located in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. JMU is fast becoming one of the nation’s leading lights in higher education because students enjoy unusually engaged relationships with world-class faculty who are here because they want to pursue knowledge and make teaching their No. 1 priority." The school enrolls over 21,700 students, employs over 1,570 faculty, and has over 130 degree programs. (Source: https://www.jmu.edu/about/index.shtml)
General Information
James Madison University has not yet implemented a school-wide antiracist initiative. However, it has increased access to antiracist resources. Most recently, the school's Center for Multicultural Student Services hosted a keynote event with Dr. Michelle Montgomery, a professor of interdisciplinary arts and sciences in American Indian studies and ethnic, gender and labor studies at the University of Washington Tacoma. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Critical Race Training Activity

  • Resources

    The university's Center for Multicultural Student Services hosted a keynote event with Dr. Michelle Montgomery, "a professor of interdisciplinary arts and sciences in American Indian studies and ethnic, gender and labor studies at the University of Washington Tacoma."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The university's Learning Centers recently made a commitment to "Review and revise the language of our department’s 'inclusive' value, with a focus on making it actionable and justice-oriented. "

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    The university's Learning Centers recently made a commitment to ensuring peer educators, students, and professional staff, as well as faculty, receive "anti-racist" training.

  • Symbolic Actions

    JMU has hired its first "associate vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion."

  • Program and Research Funding

    University will be hiring six new faculty members "to work broadly across areas of racial and social justice, minority cultures and critical race studies."

  • Program and Research Funding

    As part of its "Anti-Racist Agenda," the university "Increased funding for African, African American, and Diaspora Studies (AAAD), increasing its visibility through a centrally located office and providing administrative support" and "Increased funding for Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies minor."

Last updated March 31st, 2021