Task Force News

Read news stories and updates on such topics as forums on race and inclusion, announcements on new initiatives, and profiles of members of the Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force.

  • March 9, 2022
    Dietra Trent, special advisor to George Mason University President Gregory Washington, has been named executive director of the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity Through Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
  • March 9, 2022
    Dr. Candace Parham Lacayo has been selected as the ARIE Faculty Fellow for the Office of Graduate Education.
  • February 17, 2022
    Earlier this month, Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott had a virtual chat with Sharrell Hassell-Goodman, a doctoral student in the Higher Education program and co-chair of ARIE's Student Voice committee. Hassell-Goodman discusses her hopes and expectations for ARIE since it was formed and how Mason can keep students at the center of these initiatives.
  • January 14, 2022
    Mason graduate student Deion Maith joined Mason’s Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence (ARIE) Task Force because he thinks it’s important to share lived experiences with other students and faculty/staff.
  • November 3, 2021
    The Enslaved People of George Mason Memorial ecently opened as the centerpiece of the redesigned Wilkins Plaza on the Fairfax Campus, and is the focal point of how the university is addressing its identity as it relates to a complicated Patriot.
  • September 17, 2021
    Mason Lighting the Way Spotlights from the Task Force
  • August 20, 2021
    As a graduate student with intersectional racial and ethnic identities, George Mason University doctoral student Austin A. Deray said he believes it is his responsibility to champion the voices of his communities.
  • August 3, 2021
    Mason Lighting the Way Spotlights from the Task Force
  • July 9, 2021
    Students and faculty collaborated to create UNIV 381: Foundations for Building a Just Society, a three-credit class that fulfills two Mason Core requirements—global understanding and social/behavioral sciences—and is projected to evolve over time into a required course for all students.
  • May 10, 2021
    In April, Natalia Kanos was elected Mason’s new student body president.
  • April 15, 2021
    First and foremost, all organizations need a North Star – a vision of what their best can be. With respect to diversity and inclusion, Mason’s North Star is that this university should reflect the rich diversity of our students, the broader Commonwealth of Virginia (whose tax dollars support us all), and the nation.
  • April 15, 2021
    Na’ama Gold is from Arad, Israel, and has been working in the United States for the past six years. She has led Mason Hillel for four of those years.