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

graphic with text: Diversity Toolbox

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.

Visit the Diversity Toolbox

Dive Into the Diversity Bookshelf

Located in the Dean's Office on 5th floor of the HBS building

Diversity bookshelf

Annual Report

End-of-Year Report 2019-2020

CHBS Diversity Survey

Spring 2020 - Survey Results (PDF)

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

Diversity Resources

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."

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.

Diversity Council Members

a listing of Diversity council members and the department they represent.
Department Members
Communication Sciences and Disorders Yingjiu Nie
Graduate Psychology Amanda Evans
Health Professions Maegan Daniels
Health Sciences Suzanne Grossman
Kinesiology Lori Gano-Overway
Nursing Deborah Elkins
Psychology Pam Gibson
Social Work Karen Myers
Associate Dean Linda Plitt Donaldson
IIHHS Representatives Emily Akerson