The Diversity Research Group consists of administrators, faculty, staff, and students who have been meeting once a semester since Spring 2004. Over the years, participants have come from across the university — Institutional Research, Institutional Assessment, the Office of the Provost, many offices in University Life, the Writing Center, as well as faculty from Anthropology, Criminology, Law & Society, Education, English, the Graduate School of Education, the Higher Education Program, Psychology, Public and International Affairs, and Sociology. The group comes together not out of any formal directive but out of a shared interested in the topic of diversity.
And the topic? Meetings often begin with this reminder: George Mason is a highly diverse institution, and it is diverse in unusual ways. It is also marked by remarkable levels of collaboration across instructional, student affairs, and student support sectors. What better location from which to consider the impact of diversity on higher education?