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The Madison Collaborative, James Madison University

By Jessica Mestre, Michigan State University

The Madison Collaborative: “Ethical Reasoning in Action” is an educational initiative at James Madison University (JMU) that seeks to develop the ethical reasoning skills of the entire student body. The Madison Collaborative (MC) is specifically guided by the mission of “prepar[ing] enlightened citizens who apply ethical reasoning in their personal, professional, and civic lives.”

The Red Flag Campaign

A metaphorical red flag serves as an early indicator of impending danger. It can also provide a message for bystanders communicating that someone needs care and support. Capitalizing on this metaphor, The Red Flag Campaign utilizes tangible red flags as a symbol to increase awareness of warning signs for dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Panel Discussion: Reflections on Next Steps to Minimizing Inequalities

The last session of the 2015 Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values consisted of a panel of individuals within the Tallahassee community reflecting on local, global, and national changes that can be implemented to minimize the gap of widening inequalities. In order to give our audience an in depth idea of the dialogue and conversation within the session, we have listed below the bios of the panelists as well as the questions asked by participants.

Dr. Andrew Seligsohn

Dr. Andrew Seligsohn kicked off the last day of the Institute by sharing his thoughts about Exemplary Action, University Engagement, and Student Development. Dr. Seligsohn began his presentation through explaining the importance of reviewing these three topics and how they relate to inequalities. Emphasize was placed upon economic inequalities and how it affects involvement in the political process. Economic inequality overlaps multiple identities including race, gender, and educational attainment. Dr.

Keynote Panel with Graduate Students

The graduate students of Florida State University’s Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs program received the opportunity tonight to speak with Dr. Alexander Astin, Dr. Shaun Harper, Dr. Will Barratt, and Clare Cady. In a panel style discussion, master and doctoral students were able to ask each of the keynote speakers questions over pizza and refreshments. Ali Raza, a graduate student working with the Hardee Center at Florida State University, moderated the discussion.

Lunch and Awards Reception

During today’s lunch the Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values awarded Mission: Possible the 2015 Best Practice of the Year Award and Dr. Darris R. Means the 2015 Dissertation of the Year Award. Dr. Jon Dalton was also recognized for his 25 years of heard work and was given a framed collection of the 25 different Dalton Institute logos in chronological order since the Institute’s founding as well as a pen made out of the wood from the Old Westcott building at Florida State University. Congratulations everyone for their hard work.