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Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning

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Civic Responsibility at Jackson State University

The Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning at Jackson State University, (The Harden Center), promotes all students toward improving the human condition through civic engagement. Through the Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning, the university is able to continue to expand its role in cultivating and sustaining stronger communities. While the university provides excellence in educating its students, it also believes that connecting student learning with civic responsibility is fundamental to the academic environment for students who earn their degree at Jackson State University. To that end, the Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning supports students, faculty and staff toward a commitment to lifelong citizenship locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning assists students in developing the skills necessary to become civically responsible citizens and to take action on social issues that are important to them.

Responding to mounting and unresolved social problems in communities, like those prevalent in the metropolitan area and across a global society, communities expect institutions of higher education to assume a larger role in supporting the needs of the community.  For this expectation, the university has reaffirmed its commitment to service by supporting a service-focused center to leverage its capital to address those needs of all it serves.  Consequently, Jackson State University must stay poised to reflect those needs in the design of its educational programs, for which it has responded.

The Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning provides a range of programs that promote civic engagement at JSU, including: (1) Alternative Breaks, (2) Community Service (on campus and off campus), (3) Service-Learning and (4) Service-Learning Ambassador. Programs offered in the Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning are often collaborations with other departments and colleges serving a diverse population throughout the community.

Getting involved in civic engagement at Jackson State University is simple. The Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning promotes social action through campus-community partnerships, faculty scholarship and student involvement and provides information on a wide variety of opportunities for community involvement.

The Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service is located on the first floor of the Jacob L.Reddix Hall, Suite 110.

Contact: (601)-979-1294

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The Department of Public Safety makes available to the campus community a copy of the Public Safety Newsletter that is published yearly. Valuable information is available regarding parking rules, fines for parking violations, annual crime statistics for the past three years for the campus and information in regards to the department. The newsletters are available at orientation, registration, and may be picked up from the department located on the corner of Lynch Street and Dalton across from the College of Liberal Arts.

All students, faculty, staff, full or part-time, who operate a vehicle on University property, should register their vehicle with the JSU Department of Public Safety.

A valid registration decal should be properly displayed at all times. To purchase a decal, you will need the following:

  • Current Proof of Insurance
  • Housing Agreement if a Resident Student
  • Name /address and users of the vehicle
  • Tag number on the vehicle
  • Make, model, color and county of vehicle
  • Office or Residence Hall Number
  • Cell phone number for immediate contact (if available)

You are encouraged to purchase a parking decal and park your vehicle on JSU property. You are also encouraged to remove all valuables from your vehicle and to take the shuttle bus as opposed to walking alone.

Commuter/Residential Parking

Various areas on campus are designated parking spaces for commuter and residential students. All residential students may park in the lot adjacent to the dormitories, or any lot except for areas designated as reserve lots or reserved parking. Residential students must have a residential decal properly affixed to your vehicle.

Commuter Students Lots Are Located:

  • Short Street and Lynch Street
  • Walter Payton Drive in Front of Facilities Management
  • Walter Payton Drive Across from Tennis Court
  • West Side of the College of Education Building
  • South Lot by John A. Peoples Building
  • Eastview Lot
  • Pearl Street Lot
  • Athletics and Assembly Center

Commuter students with night classes may park in lots on the core of the campus after 5:30 p.m., providing the space is not designated as 24 hour reserved. At no time are students allowed to park in handicapped areas unless they have a handicapped tag or plaque displayed.

Our Vision

Student Affairs works to engage, retain and educate a diverse student population for success at Jackson State University and globally.  We enhance learning by fostering critical thinking, ethical responsibility, leadership, civic engagement and the cultivation of healthy lifestyles to create a transformative university experience.

Division of Student Affairs


1400 John R. Lynch Street
Student Center
Jackson, MS 39217-0280

Phone: 601.979.2241