President’s Message: Advancing a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion
Dear Mason Patriot,
“One of the first things I experienced when I became president of George Mason University was hearing people talk about the extraordinary diversity that exists on our campus. I was struck by the consistency of that message no matter whom I spoke with—students, faculty, staff, alumni, community leaders.
When I arrived on campus, I could immediately see what people meant. I was impressed by the diversity of our student body, our commitment to freedom of expression of a multitude of points of view, our campus cultural celebrations, and our shared desire to create a campus community where everyone could thrive.
As I worked with our community to develop the strategic priorities for Mason for the next 10 years, it became clear that deconstructing our diversity message was critically important. For example, we had to recognize that the immense diversity of our students was not only a question of racial/ethnic identity but also of socioeconomic status, religious preference, and sexual orientation, and that the same level of diversity was not represented in our faculty and staff.
As we put forth our institutional values, defining diversity and inclusion as a core strength was a given. But it also seemed evident that we needed to elaborate on just what we mean and how as a university community we should live out those values even more emphatically.”…..
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