Diversity in CHBS
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
|Communication Sciences and Disorders||Christina Kuo|
|Graduate Psychology||Amanda Evans|
|Health Sciences||Amy Russell|
|Health Professions||Erika Vargas|
|Social Work||Karen Myers|
|Associate Dean||*Rhonda Zingraff
|IIHHS Representatives||Emily Akerson|
- Deep Impact Programming 2018-2019
- Sisters in Session Conference, Nov 2, 2018
A Hub of Diversity - IIHHS (Excerpted from the Annual Report)
Diversity News and CHBS Data
- Spotlighting Inclusivity at JMU
- Tracking Enrollments in the College of Health and Behavioral Studies (PDF)
- Day in the life of the impoverished: JMU's IIHHS hosts simulation
- Doctoral students Jason Cha, Patrick Kenny, Bridget Smith, and Chad Doerr are implementing an Intercultural Dialog program with undergraduate students involved in the Madison International learning community and International Study Center.
- In March 2016, Linda L Sobel RN, PhD, Associate Professor of Nursing was selected to receive recognition as the Instructional Faculty winner of the 2016 Diversity Enhancement Award Program.
- Center for Multicultural Student Services
- Academic Affairs - Diversity Resources
- To enhance health and behavioral health scholarship, visit: http://www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=3&lvlid=25
- To explore cross-disciplinary studies on diverse cultures and populations, visit: http://www.jmu.edu/cds/
- Please find a guide to support inclusion of LGBT populations in health research here: http://guides.lib.jmu.edu/LGBThealth
View a full-size copy of the Diversity Council Resolution
Critically Important Resources
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."