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Race Conference's hybrid format is a success

Race Conference's hybrid format is a success

May 24, 2022 - Beth Brauer

From March 25-30, 2022, Race in 21st Century Americas Conference held a hybrid event for the first time. The biennial conference was delayed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the uncertainty of a potential surge in COVID cases, the Race Conference committee opted to make the March 25 student day in-person and the two half-days, March 29 and 30, virtual.

MSU's Lisa Cook becomes first Black woman on Federal Reserve board

MSU's Lisa Cook becomes first Black woman on Federal Reserve board

May 12, 2022 - Kim Ward

MSU economist and professor Lisa D. Cook was confirmed earlier this week by the Senate Banking Committee to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Cook is the first Black woman to serve on the board in its 108-year history.

Student view: What now?

Student view: What now?

May 12, 2022 - myrah rafiah beverly

I believe, as writer and civil rights activist Audre Lorde said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Meaning, self-care is a form of activism and rebellion that we can all do to create new ways of approaching crisis and injustice. It is a way to counteract the strikes of internalized doubt, hate and restrictions.

Faculty voice: Presentation of candidates

Faculty voice: Presentation of candidates

May 11, 2022 - Anna Pegler-Gordon, Ph.D.

We have also spent a good amount of time looking back. As you know, I am a historian of public policy, so I love looking back and thinking about how the past has shaped the present. I’d like to take a moment to revisit some of our guiding questions from your first class at James Madison College, Introduction to Public Affairs, or MC201. And I’d like you to think about how these questions and your answers to these questions have shaped you over these last four years.

Dean's note: Ending on a high note

Dean's note: Ending on a high note

May 11, 2022

We’ve had many reasons to celebrate over the last couple of weeks. From the numerous awards announced  within the college to various events to the wrap-up of final projects, papers and exams. And most recently, James Madison hosted spring commencement exercises at the Wharton Center.

JMC awards 10 outstanding students senior awards, Kautz Prize recipients named

JMC awards 10 outstanding students senior awards, Kautz Prize recipients named

May 10, 2022 - Beth Brauer

James Madison College students are known as leaders both in the classroom and beyond. This year’s spring and summer graduates continue to set the bar high for current and incoming JMC students. The college gave 10 students a total of 11 Outstanding Senior Awards.

James Madison’s graduating class celebrates commencement, welcomes Rep. Elissa Slotkin

James Madison’s graduating class celebrates commencement, welcomes Rep. Elissa Slotkin

May 6, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Michigan State University will host ceremonies for 9,601 students this weekend at Jack Breslin Student Events Center, Wharton Center for Performing Arts and the MSU Auditorium. Most individual colleges will host their own commencement ceremonies May 6-8. Of the total 6,917 undergraduate degree candidates, JMC will confer the degrees of 204 students this spring and an anticipated 32 students following the summer sessions.

Faculty voice: Remembering the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah

Faculty voice: Remembering the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah

April 25, 2022 - Amy Simon, Ph.D.

A few months following the completion of my undergraduate studies, I began working at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. The date I began is significant, September 10, 2001, as it preceded a lifechanging event: 9/11.

Letter from Dean Thies and Assistant Dean Johnson: DEI Strategic Plan Update

Letter from Dean Thies and Assistant Dean Johnson: DEI Strategic Plan Update

April 21, 2022

On April 7, JMC’s College Inclusion Committee revealed a working draft of the college's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plan. The document represents two years of planning, collaboration and goals for advancing DEI and moving the college forward. We encourage you to view the working draft.

New event gives admitted Spartans a chance to explore JMC

New event gives admitted Spartans a chance to explore JMC

April 21, 2022 - Beth Brauer

MSU was busier than usual last weekend as MSU’s Office of Admissions hosted an Admitted Student Day on Saturday, April 16. The event was tied to the spring football game, allowing prospective families to experience firsthand the campus spirit.

DEI in action: Semester in review

DEI in action: Semester in review

April 21, 2022

As we approach the end of semester, it is helpful to reflect upon the DEI advancements we have accomplished, while also looking forward to much more work that is ahead of us. Within the past three months, JMC’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programming has accomplished a great deal.

Student view: Dream big

Student view: Dream big

April 21, 2022 - Rosa Razmi

When I was 17, everyone had told me they were jealous that I had known what I wanted to do next, but all I really knew was that JMC was the program for me. I was going to figure out everything else from there.  

JMC offers new summer bridge program to aid in student success and increase student belonging

JMC offers new summer bridge program to aid in student success and increase student belonging

April 20, 2022 - Beth Brauer

James Madison College is pleased to announce a new summer bridge program designed to better acclimate JMC students to Michigan State University and to the college itself.

Top legislative interns win Rosenthal Award

Top legislative interns win Rosenthal Award

April 18, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, or IPPSR, and James Madison College hosted the 2022 Daniel Rosenthal Legislative Intern Awards ceremony from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., April 13.

Campus partners collaborate to combat Islamophobia and antisemitism

Campus partners collaborate to combat Islamophobia and antisemitism

April 18, 2022 - Beth Brauer

The rise in anti-Muslim and antisemitic attacks over the last several years has prompted two campus leaders and faculty members to join forces to educate the Spartan community about the harm caused by Islamophobia and antisemitism.

MSU receives TRT grant for Islamic architecture, science and interreligious relations project

MSU receives TRT grant for Islamic architecture, science and interreligious relations project

April 18, 2022 - Veronica Gracia-Wing

James Madison College, International Studies and Programs and the College of Arts and Letters collaborate to facilitate multi-faith engagement.

Madison alumna and former MSU gymnast puts the 'Will' beside 'Spartans'

Madison alumna and former MSU gymnast puts the 'Will' beside 'Spartans'

April 11, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Not only does Melissa Green’s surname suggest her Spartan identity runs deep, one can’t help but feel energized and hopeful upon meeting her. Green (PTCD ‘01), who is assistant general counsel for the American Medical Association, is someone you feel you’ve known forever and simultaneously want to know better.

Dean's note: Marching into April

Dean's note: Marching into April

April 6, 2022

I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on the horrific news out of Ukraine. I know this has personally affected some members of our community who struggle to make sense of the invasion and its brutality. We are doing our best as a community to support each other, and recently had a panel discussion about the conflict in Ukraine with Professors Garnett, Graham and Olcott. I learned a lot from their expertise, as well as the insightful questions from students.

Faculty voice: Growing up Arab, Muslim

Faculty voice: Growing up Arab, Muslim

April 5, 2022 - Linda Sayed, Ph.D.

When I am asked where I am from, I naturally respond, “New York. Queens to be exact.” That’s where I consider home; although, I was born in Michigan and moved back and forth between New York and Michigan for the early part of my childhood. When I am asked where I am from, the expected response isn’t either of these places. I’ve lived much of my life viewed as someone who doesn’t belong.

Student Spotlight: Rosa Razmi

Student Spotlight: Rosa Razmi

March 28, 2022 - Brian Johnson, Ph.D. and Rosa Razmi

In honor of Women's History Month, James Madison College is spotlighting faculty, staff, students and alumni who have made, or are making significant contributions to the college. We recently spoke with Rosa Razmi, president of James Madison College Student Senate.

Staff Spotlight: Emelia Hammond

Staff Spotlight: Emelia Hammond

March 25, 2022 - Beth Brauer and Emelia Hammond

In honor of Women's History Month, we are spotlighting members of the JMC community. Emelia Hammond is the recruitment coordinator and an academic adviser in James Madison College since August 2015.

Student view: Pursuing cross-disciplinary research in public health as an undergrad

Student view: Pursuing cross-disciplinary research in public health as an undergrad

March 25, 2022 - Zahra Ahmad

Dr. Mieka Smart in the College of Human Medicine told me about a campaign called #8cantwait that advocates for eight key police policy reforms. These reforms, when implemented, have been proven to show a decrease in police-related mortality. Dr. Smart suggested we compare police policies in the state of Michigan with the #8cantwait guidelines, and then compare them to police-related mortality statistics. This was an idea that hadn’t been explored for the entire state of Michigan. 

Student view: Connected to food

Student view: Connected to food

March 17, 2022 - Spencer Good and Aditi Kulkarni

The Spartan Food Security Council is hard at work this year to fulfill its mission. Last semester, we began navigating the complex food security landscape at Michigan State, namely by connecting with other organizations. Professor Rashida Harrison, chairperson of the Race in the 21st Americas Conference, has entrusted us with the opportunity to showcase the keynote address centered around this year’s theme “Race and Rights: Empowering Our Communities.”

Student view: Creating a space for all

Student view: Creating a space for all

March 17, 2022 - Siham Hassan

As a survivor of the Darfur Genocide, I remember a time when I didn’t know what it was like to dream. I was 5-years old when our home was burned, and we were forced to flee our land.

How a JMC education fosters a love for learning and global awareness

How a JMC education fosters a love for learning and global awareness

March 17, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Madison gave me the opportunity to learn a lot about more about the world around me. Teaching me how to think critically and analytically about current events and history and why people live and think the way they do. We’re all shaped and molded by our experiences and the world around us and being able to recognize those differences sometimes helps us to find common ground. Those skills have served me in nearly every opportunity I’ve pursued.

DEI in action: Women's History Month

DEI in action: Women's History Month

March 17, 2022

During the month of March, we celebrate Women’s History Month, noting just a few of the vast contributions of James Madison College (faculty, alumni and students). We reflect upon the contributions of Dr. Barbara Steidle, the first and only permanent woman dean of James Madison College. We also honor Dr. Katherine O’Sullivan See, who was the first female tenured professor, and helped shape JMC’s Social Relations and Policy, and Comparative Culture and Politics majors. In addition, we acknowledge Mary Kay Henry, the first woman president of Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Student view: So many international experiences

Student view: So many international experiences

March 11, 2022 - Ellie Lico

Since I was 10-years old, I dreamed of studying abroad. My cousin, who is an alumna of Michigan State, participated in a study abroad program that took her all around Europe and, to me, that was the coolest thing I could imagine. Learning, traveling AND creating lifelong memories… What could be better than that?

Scholar in Residence delivers first public lecture about Stephen O. Murray

Scholar in Residence delivers first public lecture about Stephen O. Murray

March 3, 2022 - Beth Brauer

From Jan. 27-Feb. 9, Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, the Inaugural Stephen O. Murray Scholar in Residence in James Madison College, was on MSU’s campus for the first time to begin exploring the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, housed in MSU Libraries.

Dean's note: A round of applause

Dean's note: A round of applause

March 3, 2022

As a recent transplant from Arizona, I’ve been anxious for months about the Michigan winter. After the storm that brought us a foot of snow in one day, I can safely say I’ve learned to embrace it. That doesn’t mean I’m not desperately looking forward to spring though!

Deans' message to faculty, students and staff

Deans' message to faculty, students and staff

March 2, 2022

The countdown to spring break is upon us. And while it may not feel quite like springtime weather, the sun is shining more and most of the snow and ice is melted (for now). As you prepare to return home, travel or stay close to campus, we want to emphasize the importance of taking time for yourselves.

Four residential college students receive essay awards for inclusive excellence

Four residential college students receive essay awards for inclusive excellence

March 2, 2022 - Blythe White

Four MSU students whose research and creative activity supports the ideals of inclusive excellence through topics of inclusion, diversity, marginalized populations and civil rights, have received the Martin Luther King Jr. Advancing Inclusion through Research Award.

JMC Spartans nominated for prestigious national scholarships and awards

JMC Spartans nominated for prestigious national scholarships and awards

February 28, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Ten MSU students are nominated for 12 prestigious national awards this year. Four out of 10 are students in the James Madison College.

Race in 21st Century Americas broadens scope, examines health, land usage and food sovereignty

Race in 21st Century Americas broadens scope, examines health, land usage and food sovereignty

February 25, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Michigan State University is pleased to welcome the return of a time-honored event to campus this year. Race in 21st Century Americas is a biennial event hosted by James Madison College that began in 1999 under the leadership of its founder Professor Emeritus Curtis Stokes, who retired from James Madison in 2019 after 36-years of scholarship and teaching.

Madison faculty member receives Teacher-Scholar Award

Madison faculty member receives Teacher-Scholar Award

February 23, 2022 - Beth Brauer

As a young girl growing up in a Houston suburb, Amy Simon loved to play school, pretending to be the teacher. Simon no longer imagines her vocation as she’s been making an impact as both a teacher and scholar since joining Michigan State University in August 2016.

James Madison College resumes annual Jack Paynter Lecture

February 21, 2022 - Beth Brauer

James Madison College welcomes Susan Collins, associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, as the 2022 Jack Paynter Lecture guest speaker. Titled “The Spartans and the Ancient Regime: Political Order in a World of Conflict,” Collins’ lecture will be held in Club Spartan, located on the third floor of Case Hall, at 6 p.m., March 24.

DEI in action: 'Lifting every voice'

DEI in action: 'Lifting every voice'

February 16, 2022

As we celebrate Black History Month, I reflect upon and honor rich contributions that African Americans have made to the field of higher education within Michigan State University. At the institutional level, I honor Dr. Cliff Wharton, Michigan State’s first Black president, Dr. David Dickson, MSU’s first Black faculty member and William Thompson, the first known Black student to graduate from Michigan State University.

Student view: Reflecting on my time in JMC

Student view: Reflecting on my time in JMC

February 14, 2022 - Emma LaRocca

JMC is a small community within a large university, and I realized that I was able to get the best of both worlds. I walked into my first MC201 lecture with all 250 of my fellow freshmen, a number of students higher than my entire grades 7-12 high school, and realized I had an opportunity to start fresh.

Faculty voice: Our continuous movement

Faculty voice: Our continuous movement

February 8, 2022 - Rashida Harrison, Ph.D.

In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black studies, initiated the first “Negro History Week,” which would evolve into Black History Month here in the United States in 1976. For many people, it is an important commemoration of the long-standing contributions of African Americans in this country. However, one month cannot capture the myriad of ways that Black people continue to serve, create and drive the country forward. Our continuous movement cannot occur without the historical relationships built with other ethnic and racialized communities that continue to resist white supremacy as a frame for how we live our lives.

Student view: Floating in the space between

Student view: Floating in the space between

February 8, 2022 - Myrah Rafiah Beverly

I knew Dubai for its opulent and luxurious lifestyles decorated with skyscrapers and private beaches. Women wore black niqabs for modesty but still wore the newest Versace and designer bags. Men wore headscarves like the Bedouin nomadic sand-dwellers but went home to mansions with a Rolls Royce in the driveway. As someone from more than humble beginnings in a mobile home and wearing second-hand clothing, I was afraid to touch such shimmering creations, in case it breaks or it is all a mirage.

Madison alumna pursues MPP in Erfurt, Germany

Madison alumna pursues MPP in Erfurt, Germany

February 8, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Molly Hall graduated from JMC with a degree in international relations in 2012. Upon graduation, Hall worked in Lansing as a staffer in the Michigan Legislature and then pursued work in Washington D.C. in public affairs for six years. In 2020, Hall made the decision to return to her studies and is in her first year pursuing a master’s in public policy at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt in Erfurt, Germany.

Student view: A trip of a lifetime

Student view: A trip of a lifetime

February 4, 2022 - David Tran

Since the pandemic restricted many opportunities for me to explore the world, I was eager to find another study abroad program before I graduate this spring. Dubai was one that stood out to me the most since I’ve always wanted to learn more about the Middle Eastern realm, and it is a global city that not many have a chance to explore in their lifetime.

Dean's note: Live from Case Hall

Dean's note: Live from Case Hall

February 3, 2022

As I sit in my office, it’s nice to hear the familiar hum of activity returning to Case Hall. I know many in our community are anxious about the return to in-person teaching, but I am happy to see everyone’s masked faces again! I am very hopeful that as the Omicron variant recedes, much of our collegiate life will return to some sense of normalcy.

Welcome back, students

January 31, 2022

As we resume in-person classes this week, we understand the potential anxiety and spectrum of emotions this may bring. The transition will require patience, consideration and an understanding that we are all dealing with the adjustment differently.

Student view: Learning to become me

Student view: Learning to become me

January 25, 2022 - Jesus Hernandez

When I first applied to college, I felt lost. You see, I come from a family of immigrants who did not have the opportunity to pursue higher education. My parents did not know how the college application and selection process worked, so they were not able to offer me any assistance.

Student view: Transforming

Student view: Transforming

January 24, 2022 - Raven Nelson

I came to MSU wanting to go to law school and, now (after many changes), I’ve decided I want to become a professor. I want to educate and engage with students in a similar way that JMC professors do.

Student view: Finding my way to Madison and beyond

Student view: Finding my way to Madison and beyond

January 24, 2022 - Kacey Collins

I did not discover James Madison like the typical student does during their college application journey. I had one serendipitous moment that sparked the beginning of everything.

JMC and MSU Libraries welcome Inaugural Stephen O. Murray Scholar in Residence

JMC and MSU Libraries welcome Inaugural Stephen O. Murray Scholar in Residence

January 19, 2022 - Beth Brauer

2022 marks the inaugural year of the Stephen O. Murray Scholar in Residence Program at Michigan State. Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, an associate professor at American University, whose scholarship focuses on the intersectionality of race, sexuality, gender, migration and religion, is honored to be selected as the first scholar to explore the archives and raise the torch that bears Murray’s name.

Deans' message to JMC community

January 18, 2022

This weekend’s hostage standoff at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas was frightening and traumatic to members of our community. Each instance of violence that appears to target a specific community can send shockwaves that are felt by many — particularly those who identify with the victims closest to the tragedy.

Faculty voice: Moving the needle of justice

Faculty voice: Moving the needle of justice

January 14, 2022 - Brian Johnson, Ph.D. and Beth Brauer

February 11th will mark the 57th anniversary of Dr. King’s visit to MSU. How much has changed since that day? How has Dr. King’s vision for America materialized?

MSU's Lisa Cook nominated to Federal Reserve board

MSU's Lisa Cook nominated to Federal Reserve board

January 14, 2022 - Kim Ward

MSU economist and professor Lisa D. Cook today was nominated by President Joe Biden to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. If confirmed, Cook will be the first Black woman to serve on the on board in its 108-year history.

International relations expert and economist elected to Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago board

January 12, 2022 - Kim Ward

James Madison College's Lisa D. Cook has been elected to the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Recognize International Human Rights Day by Supporting the Work of the JMC Human Rights Lab

December 10, 2021

December 10th is International Human Rights Day. JMC celebrates this day by recognizing the work of the JMC Human Rights Lab

Matching Gift Received to Boost Support for Career Exposure Programs

December 3, 2021

JMC has launched a fundraising campaign to the Career Exposure program. Gifts made in December will be matched one to one by an anonymous donor until a $3,000 campaign challenge is met.

Giving Tuesday: JMC Career Exposure Program Campaign

November 30, 2021

JMC’s Career Exposure Programs bring current students face to face with alumni to see the potential and power of their Madison degree. Please make your most generous donation to support scholarships for students to attend a Career Exposure Program.

Hispanic Heritage Month Alumni Reflections

Hispanic Heritage Month Alumni Reflections

September 14, 2021

Jesús Arzola-Vega (IR, Economics ‘15), Kenya Sanchez Vicarte (IR '17), and David Treviño (SRP '12) provide a glimpse of their lives post-Madison and reflect on some of their fondest JMC memories.

Interview with JMC New Dean Dr. Cameron Thies

Interview with JMC New Dean Dr. Cameron Thies

August 16, 2021

Dean Cameron Thies provides some background on himself and his vision for JMC in the coming years.

In Memoriam: Dr. Robert F. Banks (1936 - 2021)

In Memoriam: Dr. Robert F. Banks (1936 - 2021)

August 13, 2021

The Madison community recently received the sad news that Dr. Robert F. Banks, MSU's former Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Human Resources, and former professor, advisor, and Dean of James Madison College, passed away on July 22nd.

Four JMC Faculty Members Receive Waltzer Teaching Excellence Awards

July 1, 2021

James Madison College professors Gene Burns, Melissa Fore, Kirstin Hasler Brathwaite, and Benjamin Lorch were recently selected by the Faculty Affairs Committee to receive Ken and Sandy Waltzer Teaching Excellence Awards.

Alumnus Spotlight: Jessica Ayoub

Alumnus Spotlight: Jessica Ayoub

June 30, 2021

Alumni Spotlight: Jessica Ayoub (SRP, PTCD '13) (she/her/hers) Public Engagement Strategist, ACLU of Michigan

Alumnus Spotlight: Olivia Hunt

Alumnus Spotlight: Olivia Hunt

June 30, 2021

Alumnus Spotlight: Olivia Hunt (IR, Japanese ‘05) (she/her/hers) Senior Policy Counsel, National Center for Transgender Equality

Alumnus Spotlight: Andi Salinas

Alumnus Spotlight: Andi Salinas

June 30, 2021

Alumnus Spotlight: Andi Salinas (CCP, SRP, '13) (they/their/theirs) Youth Well-Being Manager, Human Rights Campaign

Dr. Cameron G. Thies recommended as dean of James Madison College

Dr. Cameron G. Thies recommended as dean of James Madison College

June 8, 2021

Michigan State University Provost Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D., is recommending Cameron G. Thies as the next dean of James Madison College. The appointment will be effective July 1, 2021, pending approval by the Michigan State University Board of Trustees.

Professor Louise Jezierski Receives Urban Affairs Association’s Distinguished Service Honor Roll

May 7, 2021

Professor Louise Jezierski was recently named of one of sixteen inductees into the 2021 Urban Affairs Association (UAA) Distinguished Service Honor Roll. Since 2013, UAA has awarded the Distinguished Service Honor Roll to the most impactful leaders who have contributed outstanding service to the association.

Alumnus Richard Cordray Named Head of Federal Student Aid

Alumnus Richard Cordray Named Head of Federal Student Aid

May 4, 2021

Richard Cordray, former Ohio Attorney General and former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has been appointed to serve as the top official overseeing the federal government's portfolio of student loans and array of financial aid programs.

JMC Faculty Members Publish Book

May 3, 2021

Professors Norman Graham, Folke Lindahl, and Timur Kocaoglu recently published, "Making Russia and Turkey Great Again? Putin and Erdogan in Search of Lost Empires and Autocratic Power."