Support the James Farmer Multicultural Center on #MaryWashDay!
What is the James Farmer Multicultural Center?
Named for civil rights leader and UMW Distinguished Professor James Farmer, the JFMC provides a warm, welcoming, and supportive environment for students from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The JFMC’s most important goal is to enhance students’ educational experiences at UMW by increasing awareness and knowledge of multiculturalism, diversity and social justice issues that impact the individual and the community. The James Farmer Multicultural Center specifically focuses on the academic and social well-being of underrepresented students through programming, mentoring, and leadership opportunities.
Why We Need Your Support
The mission and work of the JFMC is integral and contributes to the University’s mission and Statement of Community Values by helping to expand students’ knowledge and awareness to enable them to engage in dialogue among all individuals regarding our differences and commonalities. Through involvement in our social justice initiatives, Resources Inspiring Student Excellence (RISE) Peer Mentoring program, leadership development opportunities, and diversity workshops, students will gain a greater understanding of social justice issues and strategies to affect change, cultural competency in an increasingly globalized society, enhanced leadership and organizational skills, and greater confidence in their ability to succeed at UMW and beyond.
How Your Gift Will Help
“Our responsibility is not merely to provide access to knowledge; we must produce educated people.” James L. Farmer, Jr.
Your gifts and support are a commitment to raising multicultural and diversity awareness, ensuring the highest quality of programs and services, social justice engagement, and outreach for the campus, such as:
- Cultural Awareness Series, which includes over 11 celebrations annually
- RISE Peer Mentoring Program, which has a significant impact on students’ adjustment to and connection with UMW
- Social Justice Initiatives, which provide opportunities to build coalitions, strengthen advocacy, and support the advancement of equality and equity for all
- Multicultural Fair, which embraces the many ethnicities, heritages and customs that make our region so rich and vibrant