James Madison University

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

Dive Into the Diversity Bookshelf - Located in the Dean's Office on 5th floor of the HBS building

Diversity Bookshelf
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.

Annual Report

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

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

  • 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
  • The Safe Zone Project (SZP) is a free online resource providing curriculaactivities, 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

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."

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

Department Members
Communication Sciences and Disorders Yingjiu Nie
Graduate Psychology Amanda Evans
Health Professions Maegan Daniels
Health Sciences Erika Collzo Vargas
Kinesiology Lori Gano-Overway
Nursing Deborah Elkins
Psychology Pam Gibson
Social Work Karen Myers
Associate Dean Linda Plitt Donaldson
IIHHS Representatives Emily Akerson