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In 2020, the nation saw some harsh truths about racial justice laid bare. While Mason has long been a leader in inclusivity and access in higher education, we can do better. Our Task Force on Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence (ARIE) will help us get there.

Mason is home to Virginia’s largest and most diverse student body, and we rank among the most diverse universities in the nation. 

That distinction wasn’t built overnight. It comes from our culture of seeing things as they are, accepting challenges, and figuring out how to get the work done.

We have a great foundation in place, but we know we can do more.

Our Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force, created by President Gregory Washington, is taking a hard look at the current state of diversity and inclusivity efforts at the university. It will find answers to such questions as:

Mason faculty member Wendi Manuel-Scott greets U.S. Representative John Lewis at an event at George Mason University, Fairfax VA
U.S. Rep. John Lewis, the late congressman from Georgia who played a key role in the civil rights movement, talks with Mason Professor Wendi Manuel-Scott on Mason's Fairfax Campus.
  • What systems, practices, or traditions of racial bias exist at Mason? How can we eradicate them?
  • How can we build intentional systems and standards of anti-racism to prevent racial injustices from returning?
  • What can we do to become a local, regional, and national beacon to advance anti-racism, reconciliation, and healing?

The work we do will create a strategy to incorporate change across Mason, in such areas as:

  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Campus and Community Engagement
  • University Policies and Practices
  • Research
  • Training and Development

We’re holding ourselves accountable because we know it’s not enough to set goals—we’re determined to meet the challenge today and in the future.

We're ready to act. We hope you'll join us