James Madison University

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Group.png James Madison University  
James Madison University seal.png
MottoKnowledge is Liberty
HeadquartersHarrisonburg, Virginia, USA
Type• Public
• research
Other nameDukes
College in Virginia, USA

James Madison University (JMU, Madison, or James Madison) is a public research university in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Founded in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Harrisonburg, the institution was renamed Madison College in 1938 in honor of President James Madison and then James Madison University in 1977.[1] It is situated in the Shenandoah Valley.


A 2021 training video for student employees at James Madison University incorporated ideas from critical race theory, where some people are designated 'oppressors' and others 'oppressed'. The privileged were considered to be 'male, cisgender, heterosexual, heteroromantic, Christian, White, Western European, American, upper to middle class, thin/athletic build, able-bodied, or ages 30s to early 50s.' The oppressed in turn were identified as 'Black, Asian, Latinx, non-Western European, LGBTQ+, homoromantic, Muslim, Jewish, working class, overweight, or disabled, among others.'[2]

Fox News reported that the video was mandated by JMU staff and shown to students that were in charge of working for first-year student orientations. The training being provided to these students was meant to teach them about social justice and inclusion. Students were warned via email after training was completed to not share the material they learned.[2]


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