Diversity in CHBS
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
The Diversity Toolbox - An online collection of resources
As we invite you to open and engage with this Diversity Toolbox we leave you with the words of activist and civil rights leader Rosa Parks who said “To bring about change you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try.” May we all be committed to taking those steps to make our community supportive and inclusive of all its members.
Dive Into the Diversity Bookshelf
Located in the Dean's Office on 5th floor of the HBS building
HBS Diversity Council urges you to take advantage of the terrific book collection we are growing in the dean's office. With titles to entice you and authors to enlighten you, you are bound to find many worthwhile memoirs, studies, chronicles, reports, etc. Borrow and return on the honor system; just peruse the shelf and sign-out binder in the Dean's reception area. View a list of all titles available on the Diversity Bookshelf.
CHBS Diversity Survey
Diversity News and CHBS Data
Discover news about events, initiatives and opportunities you don’t want to miss in The Beacon, the newsletter to celebrate diversity & inclusion at JMU
- CHBS meeting focuses on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- BJ Bryson named first CHBS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Director
- Social work professor published two chapters in a recent book titled Social Work Practice with LGBTQIA Populations (2019) published by Routledge. Myers, K. (2019). Marriage equality, relationships, and divorce. In C. L. Dente (Ed.), Social Work Practice with LGBTQIA Populations (pp. 10-26). New York, NY: Routledge. & Myers, K. (2019). Education and schools. In C. L. Dente (Ed.), Social Work Practice with LGBTQIA Populations (pp. 92-113). New York, NY: Routledge.
- Social work faculty published article on affinity groups - Myers, K., Trull, L. H., Bryson, B. J., & Yeom, H. S. (2019). Affinity groups: Redefining brave spaces. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 24(1), 1-18.
- Social Work department wins Diversity Enhancement Award
- B.J. Bryson: diversity leader extraordinaire
- 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: https://www.jmu.edu/cds/
- The Safe Zone Project (SZP) is a free online resource providing curricula, activities, and other resources for educators facilitating Safe Zone trainings (sexuality, gender, and LGBTQ+ education sessions), and learners who are hoping to explore these concepts on their own.
- PFLAG - Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. PFLAG has 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico
- Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors ;and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants. [note: some resources at this website can be easily adapted to university contexts] The mission is to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy.
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."
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.
Diversity Council Members
|Communication Sciences and Disorders||Yingjiu Nie|
|Graduate Psychology||Amanda Evans|
|Health Professions||Maegan Daniels|
|Health Sciences||Suzanne Grossman|
|Social Work||Karen Myers|
|Associate Dean||Linda Plitt Donaldson
|IIHHS Representatives||Emily Akerson|