Name of Engagement

JMU involved in local help for global refugees

Contact Information

Dr. Mary Kimsey

Contact Details


In response to the global emergency, JMU has been involved in the effort to provide aid for refugees and other immigrants coming to Harrisonburg. Dr. Mary Kimsey, a professor in the Geographic Science (GS) Program and co-coordinator of the Minor in Humanitarian Affairs, has over 24 years of experience with local efforts to help refugees. Many Kurds, Iraqis, Ukrainians, Ethiopians and people of many other nationalities have resettled in Harrisonburg and the surrounding areas. According to Kimsey, the first immigrants she assisted were Cubans who came through the local refugee office. She helped them adjust to their new environment.

Web Presence


Involves Students, Involves Faculty, Involves Staff, Involves Participants External to JMU


Hburg/Local/VA, International Scope


Ongoing (Currently in existence, year round)

Areas of Engagement

Community Engagement, Engaged Learning


Community Service

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