The College of Arts (CAL) and Letters and the College of Business (CoB) saw percentages of non-white faculty that were higher than the university average, while the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences (CHBS) saw the lowest non-white faculty in 2021.
Efforts by Executive Director of Faculty Access and Inclusion David Owusu-Ansah and executive director of campus and community access and inclusion, Arthur Dean, are being put in place to admit and attract students from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Here, we'll look back at the racist history of JMU and the South to show how these factors affected campus culture, starting from the Jim Crow era to renaming the Confederate-named buildings on the Quad.
JMU students took to the streets of Harrisonburg to protest racial injustices this past summer. Some students believe JMU and organizations on campus need to do better with implementing diversity and standing with Black students.
Toshiki Nagamine is a Japanese international student from Okinawa, who's been studying at JMU since 2017. Here, he shares his struggles with the American culture shock, language barrier and financial issues as an international student.
Alumnus David John Fernandez (’20) shares his experience as a gay person of color at JMU. Fernandez said he and other minorities must accept JMU for what it is but hopes the university will make more efforts to increase its diversity.