James Madison University

Diversity in CHBS

Mission Statement

The James Madison University College of Health and Behavioral Studies' Diversity Council is committed to facilitating diversity among CHBS faculty, staff and students. The mission of the Council is to promote inclusiveness within the College by removing the barriers which prevent the full participation of all individuals and groups including, but not limited to, race, gender, ethnicity, culture and nationality, sexual orientation, disabilities, socio-economic background, or religion. CHBS is committed to preparing future leaders and enlightened individuals who have been educated in environments that are enhanced through diversity and who are committed to the belief that all people are enriched by the diversity within our communities. To this end, we will increase awareness of the merits of diversity through educational events, ensure that our curricula address diversity and provide a supportive environment that celebrates diversity.

Insight, I believe, refers to the depth of understanding that comes by setting experiences,
yours and mine, familiar and exotic, new and old, side by side, learning by letting them speak to one another.
-Mary Catherine Bateson

Diversity Council Members

Department Members
Communication Sciences and Disorders Christina Kuo
Graduate Psychology Amanda Evans
Health Sciences Amy Russell
Health Professions Erika Vargas
Kinesiology Tom Moran
Nursing Deborah Elkins
Psychology Bill Evans
Social Work Karen Myers
Associate Dean *Rhonda Zingraff
IIHHS Representatives Emily Akerson

Diversity Events

Annual Report

A Hub of Diversity - IIHHS (Excerpted from the Annual Report)

Diversity News and CHBS Data

Diversity Resources

Historic Documents

View a full-size copy of the Diversity Council Resolution

Critically Important Resources

Diversity resources available in CHBS

The CHBS Diversity Council has worked closely with the staff of the Office for Disability Services to become more informed about best-practices for academic and career advising so that our students with special needs are successfully supported in the pursuit of their aspirations. Changes in the law, in technology and in available services create a dynamic situation, and we may not all be as up-to-date as we want to be. To offer helpful expertise, these publications have been purchased for all academic units in our College. Please use them as references and also consult with ODS for additional advice.

  • Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities in Health-Related Education Programs. A publication of the Association on Higher Education and Disability. 2014. [B. Carey; G. Turnwald; H. Kallem; K. Bleyer & B. Blacklock, authors]
  • The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education by L. Meeks & N. Jain, 2015. Springer Publishing Company. Importantly, this publication offers a downloadable student resource guide: "Professionalism in Communication:
    A Guide for Graduate and Professional Health Sciences Students With Disabilities."