The following organizations have been recognized as premier leadership development programs on campus. They offer different experiences that promote personal and group leadership. If you would like more information or have questions about leadership on campus, come into the Dux Center in Taylor 102 (across from TDU).




Center for Multicultural Student Services (CMSS) The Center for Multicultural Student Services assists James Madison University in promoting and encouraging diversity and cultural understanding.  This is accomplished in a number of ways including student leadership programs, sponsoring diverse speakers and programs, as well as serving as an advocate for students of color on campus. Students can get involved with the student organizations associated with CMSS, volunteer on program committees, partake in leadership programs, attend experiential learning trips, work with summer programs under the direction of this office, and utilize other opportunities in our office.

Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) Fraternity & Sorority Life offers students a unique opportunity to have a balanced college life with a focus on academic excellence, brotherhood/sisterhood, community service, and responsible social interaction. Fraternity/Sorority Life allows students to make lasting friendships with individuals that share similar goals, ideals, and common purposes. They work to unite the Greek community and provide leadership opportunities for Greek organizations on campus. In partnership with Inter/National fraternity and sorority organizations, they are committed to providing programs, services, and resources that support and empower students, advisors, and alumni to foster the advancement of a nationally recognized community founded upon the values articulated by JMU and their respective fraternity and sorority organizations.

JMU Student Ambassadors JMU Student Ambassadors is an organization that promotes leadership in each and every one of our members.  Our members have the option of serving in one of close to 50 formal leadership positions offered per year, but we consider each member a leader on JMU's campus. Ambassadors gain leadership experience every day through their service to the Office of Admissions leading tour groups and their continued dedication to planning and hosting programs that positively impact the JMU community. Even if our members do not come into the organization as seasoned leaders, there are endless opportunities for them to gain knowledge and experience throughout their time in Ambassadors. Growth as a leader in this organization is often very individualized and can take many different forms, from the silent leader to the extroverted, active leader.  Kelly Sykes

Make Your Mark on Madison MAKE YOUR MARK ON MADISON is a semester long leadership program focusing on helping Freshmen and Sophomore students find their place for authentic involvement at JMU, by providing insight into values, diversity, communication, and general leadership skills necessary for positive involvement on campus. It is offered only in the fall semester. Close interaction with upper class small group facilitators and peers are just some of the benefits of participation! It is the goal of the program to help you connect with people and activities that meet your hopes, values and expectations during your time here and allow you to “Make Your Mark” at JMU.

National Society of Leadership and Success The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), also known as Sigma Alpha Pi, build leaders who make a better world. This student organization helps students discover and achieve their goals. The Society offers life-changing lectures from the nation's leading presenters and a community where like-minded success oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed. The Society also serves as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world.

Student Government Association The Student Government Association (SGA) builds leaders both within this organization as well as on campus. SGA has appointed members in the Executive Staff, Representatives and At-Large Senators. The elected members include the Class Council Senators, College Senators, and Area Residence Senators. The Student Government's mission is to unite, reach out, and respond. SGA aims to serve students and promote the ideals of the university.

Jordan Bogner

University Program Board (UPB) UPB is an organization that focuses on both individual and group leadership experience. We have 14 executive members, 26 chair members and about 100 general members. We are also divided among 5 different committees that focus on their particular events. What we try to accomplish and encourage is for members to apply for a leadership position every year! We strongly believe that what we learn in UPB can definitely be applied to other parts in life. We constantly delegate important work to our members in order for them to further learn and grow - all while supporting them 100%. Just like all the other organizations on campus, we try to make their tenure with UPB an experience, not just something they put on their resume, but something they actually learn and grow from. Our members are constantly motivated to do and achieve more! We encourage our members to apply for leadership positions since their first year! We are convinced that are members are the reason why UPB is amazing!! So our leadership philosophy includes involving them in every decision making process and results!

Young Life and Young Life College Young Life and Young Life College provide JMU students with the opportunity to grow into the leaders they were always meant to be. They learn to be a part of a mission family, develop personal and team skills and lean into their life passions and God given potential. They become missionaries on campus and in our town, and get the chance to radically change the local culture. It's the ride if a lifetime!  Justin Ryder