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Alumni Participation

Are you an Alumna/as who lives in the Lansing/East Lansing area?  Are you passionate about supporting current Madisonians?  Do you believe in the power of diversity and how it benefits the lives of Madison students?  If you answered yes to these questions, you are just the person we are looking for!

This year the James Madison College Office of Diversity Programming is excited begin the Madison Academic Diversity Initiative; the reconstructed version of the previous MADI Mentoring program.  MADI aims to support underrepresented students during their transition into James Madison College. While additionally focusing on creating a more diverse and inclusive environment, by providing a support network for the participating students in order to ensure their successful retention. 

Funded through the Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant from the MSU Office of Inclusion, and operated from the James Madison College Office of Diversity Programming, MADI aims to serve as a social and academic support network for underrepresented students during their first year at JMC.  For the purposes of this program, underrepresented students include: first generation college students, students with a low socio-economic status background, students of color and/or those JMC students with a strong desire to connect with their peers in a meaningful way. 

MADI will host several core programs throughout the year, but one of which needs YOU in order to be successful.  Each month, MADI will host a community dinner.  The community dinner is aimed at connecting current MADI participants with one another, current faculty and staff, but more importantly with local Alumni.  2 hours of your time, once per month, or even once in a while, is a great way to give back to Madison in a meaningful way.

If you are interested or would like more information, please feel free to contact Amber Benton.

For more information about the MADI program, please visit the website: