This year has brought forward harsh realities regarding the daily injustice and inequality that form insurmountable obstacles for individuals who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color in America. But to start the conversations that can lead to change, the right people need to be at the table, a diversity of voices that reflects the composition of the country—something Mason has actively fostered and continues to work toward.

Consistently rated within the top 10 in U.S. News & World Report’s national list of universities that lead in diversity, Mason is also currently ranked as the most diverse in Virginia. From our programs that provide students with accessible pathways to education, to fostering an environment that welcomes students from all cultures and countries of the world, we’ve found ways to show more students from underserved communities that a college education is achievable. We strive for a standard of inclusion that is equally applied to our faculty and staff hires, ensuring that when our students arrive at Mason, they discover a culture of respect for all voices and viewpoints and a richness of experience and thought.

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A Culture of Inclusive Excellence

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 Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force will help us get there.

The task force includes membership from every level of the university community and is broken out into several committees. The central mission is to take a hard look at the current state of diversity and inclusivity efforts at the university.

“[We] are committed to creating an anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-heterosexist, and anti-classist institution,” says Wendi Manuel-Scott, one of the chairs of the task force, and a professor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Offering Real-World Perspective

George Mason University professor Laurie O. Robinson is among a small group of criminal justice professionals advising CBS Television Studios on the network’s range of police shows in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police.

“This is a great chance to realistically portray current challenges in law enforcement,” says Robinson, who also served as the co-chair of former president Barack Obama’s White House Task Force on 21st-Century Policing. “I think this could really have an impact.”

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Shifting the Conversation

Scholars at the Schar School of Policy and Government and the Antonin Scalia Law School monitor the political climate both in the United States and abroad and are quoted in the media daily.

“The vast majority of Americans are not political extremists,” Schar School dean Mark Rozell says. “And I think the vast majority of the country would be extremely receptive to a shift in political tone.”

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A Framework of Research and Inquiry

The Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis Center (CINA), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence, is a Mason-led multidisciplinary academic consortium. CINA researchers are developing tools and technologies, as well as innovative educational and training solutions, to advance our nation’s abilities to counter transnational criminal activities.

“Transnational criminal organizations are complex, dynamic, and ever-evolving,” says Jim Jones, CINA center director. “I look forward to continuing our collective mission, to help DHS successfully address today’s current threats while working to stay ahead of the homeland security challenges of tomorrow.”

Be a Part of Our Grand Vision

We’ve always been dedicated to nurturing thinkers, leaders, and changemakers who can steer us toward the solutions our world needs, and we’re not slowing down. The next few years promise to be big ones for Mason. And while none of this work is easy, we believe it is necessary, because we know the fruits of our endeavors are paramount not only to our students’ future success, but also to the region’s—and to the world’s. This report is only part of the story. You’ll see that we have big dreams for the future—but we can’t do it alone. Join us!