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George Mason University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
4400 University Dr
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 993-1000
Email address
School Information
"We Were Made to Make it Better: Our identity was forged in 1972 on Virginia's strong ideals of academic excellence and service. Today, that spirit energizes us as a leader in scholarship and research; preparing graduates to meet the complex needs of a rapidly changing world. (...) "Our Mission: A public, comprehensive, research university established by the Commonwealth of Virginia in the National Capital Region, we are an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world." The university offers 211 degree granting programs and enrolls over 37,300 students. (Source:
General Information
George Mason University announced two definite changes to its operations. First, the university made clear that grounds and buildings may be renamed, although no renaming has occurred yet. Furthermore, an anti-racism statement will be required on all syllabi. Curriculum changes are also being considered. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The university's task force proposed that the university should "Create an Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program, which will be offered to all Mason faculty, staff, and students."
  • The university's task force proposed that the university, "Implement Student Requested Foundational Course on Diversity and Inclusion titled 'Foundations for Building a Just Society.'"
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Anti-Racism statement will be required on all syllabi; curriculum changes are also being considered.
  • The university offered a "Democracy Lab" program for first-year students. At the group's inaugural event, the university president spoke about "how anti-racism and inclusive excellence are integral to democracy."
Program and Research Funding
  • The task force recommended that the university "Strengthen and expand the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center (TRHT) to include a new AntiRacism and Inclusive Excellence Lecture Series, K-12 and community partnerships centered on inclusive excellence and antiracism, and alumni engagement opportunities."
  • The university task force recommended that the university "Develop a research seed funding initiative focused on anti-racism and inclusive excellence to promote and support diversity and inclusion through multi-disciplinary research, scholarly and creative projects."
  • The university announced "an initial $5 million commitment over three years for the ARIE agenda (Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence)," according to faculty member at the Mercatus Center writing in City Journal.
  • The library offers an "Anti-Racism, #BlackLivesMatter, and Civic Action" resource guide, which includes Ibram X. Kendi's "How to Be an Antiracist."
  • The College of Education and Human Development has an "Anti-Racist Research Methods" page, which claims that researchers "have a moral obligation to interrogate our research goals, methods, and dissemination strategies and to resist, disrupt, and dismantle white supremacy in the context of academia and research."
  • The College of Human Development and Education's "Anti-Racist Research Methods" initiative offers "Anti-Racism Resources," which include "How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi.
  • The College of Human Development and Education's "Anti-Racist Research Methods" initiative offers Anti-Racist Research Workshops, such as "Workshop 1: What is anti-racist research?" and "Workshop 2: Taking Concrete Steps as an Anti-Racist Researcher."
  • The Honor's College offers a program called Honoring Our Community, which "provides opportunities for students to have honest conversations about racial and social justice with the goal of cultivating an anti-racist culture and tighter sense of community."
Symbolic Actions
  • Grounds and buildings will be renamed
  • The Office of Compliance, Diversity and Ethics been renamed to be the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).
Last updated September 24th, 2022
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