Given the size, reach, and both disciplinary and interdisciplinary arenas of expertise in the college, CHSS plays a critical role in advancing anti-racism, equity, inclusion, and social justice at Mason. In the college’s past and current diversity, equity, and inclusion work, CHSS innovates policies and practices designed to enhance Mason’s unique identity in the higher education ecosystems of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation. CHSS is engaged in a bold, collective, and continual process of self-examination and transformation that serves the university’s majority-minority student population and high numbers of transfer students, the institution as a comprehensive public research university, and the surrounding community of the National Capital Region.
CHSS is committed to being a courageous leader, not only within the university, but in the National Capital Region and beyond in its continued efforts to acknowledge and combat all forms of discrimination, exclusion, and inequity while fostering healing, inclusion, inter-cultural competencies, civic-mindedness, and excellence.
CHSS will serve as an exemplar of inclusive excellence by centering diversity, equity, anti-racism, and inclusion in all of our spaces, practices, and communities as we continue our pursuit of outstanding research, teaching, and service.
CHSS will collaborate within the college and with stakeholders across the university to make inclusive excellence the responsibility of all individuals and units so that CHSS and Mason are places where students, staff, and faculty of all backgrounds feel welcome, safe, and thrive.