James Farmer Multicultural Center
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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
Mary Louise Holmes '97 Challenge for 1,908 gifts
When we reach 1,908 gifts, in honor of our founding year, Mary Louise Holmes '97 will make a gift of $5,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington. Make your gift today and help us reach 1,908 gifts to unlock an additional $5,000!
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Philo Funk Rosenfeld ’72, 3000 Gifts Challenge
When we reach our goal of 3,000 gifts on Mary Wash Giving Day, Philo Funk Rosenfeld ‘72 will make a gift of $5,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington . Make your gift today and help us reach 3,000 gifts to unlock an additional $5,000!
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Young Alumni Council New Donor Challenge
When 150 young alumni (classes of 2010-2019) make their first-ever gift to UMW, the members of the Young Alumni Council will make a $1,500 gift to the Fund for Mary Washington! Be one of the 150 to unlock this challenge!
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Class of 2020 Challenge
Vice President for Advancement and University Relations Lisa Jamison Bowling '89 is issuing a challenge to the senior class. When 100 gifts are received from members of the Class of 2020 on Mary Wash Giving Day, Lisa will give $1,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington.
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Class Year Leaderboard
Which class is in the lead for total number of gifts?
Participation Leaderboard
Which areas are seeing the highest participation?
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Farrell First-Time Donor Challenge
Lynne ’62 and Paul Farrell are issuing a special challenge to inspire new donors to support Mary Washington. If we receive gifts from 1,000 first-time donors on Giving Day, we will unlock the Farrells’ $10,000 gift to the Fund for Mary Washington! This is the most ambitious Giving Day goal we have ever set, and we’re counting on our new donors—alumni, parents, students, family members, faculty, staff, and friends of the University—to unlock this challenge gift! Gifts of all amounts count toward the challenge—just be sure to select "Yes" when asked if this is your first-ever gift to the University when you make your gift!
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Margaret Birch '79 New Donor Challenge
When 250 alumni make their first-ever gift to UMW, a gift of $2,500 to the Fund for Mary Washington will be unlocked from alumna Margaret Birch '79. Alumni, make your first-ever gift and help unlock an additional $2,500 for our students!
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Lee ’04 and Karli Murray ’05 Married Alumni Challenge:
When 50 gifts are received from alumni who are married to other alumni, Lee and Karli will give $1,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington! Married alumni, make your gift to any area to help unlock an extra $1,000 to benefit students!
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Dr. Theresa and Dr. Bill Crawley 70’s Challenge
Dr. Theresa Young Crawley ‘77 and Dr. William B. Crawley, Jr. are challenging alumni from the 1970s! If 100 alumni from the 1970s make a gift on Mary Wash Giving Day, it will unlock a $25,000 gift from the Crawleys to support scholarships at Mary Washington.  Make your gift today and help increase the impact of your gift!
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Dollars Raised Leaderboard
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