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Graduate Student Employment Opportunity to Support Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence

The Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence (ARIE) task force and committees are just beginning to review data, identify priorities, craft solutions, and develop work plans. This is an essential internal process to ensure that all potential initiatives are thoughtful, impactful, data-informed and evidence-based. However, the broader Mason community must a) remain included in the ARIE work; b) see/feel a sense of progress; and c) continue to learn about local, regional, and national Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) efforts. As such, we are seeking three graduate students to support our communications, data collection, and research efforts for 20 hours/week each ($15/hour). At the direction of the Interim Vice President for Compliance, Diversity and Ethics, Task Force, and Committee chairs, work may include: 


  • Complete a stakeholder map to ensure that all GMU communities are reached
  • Compile relevant articles, links, and materials to populate/update the ARIE website on a regular basis
  • Conduct online research to identify innovative communication strategies from institutions of higher education (e.g. spoken word events; art competitions; convenings, etc.)

Data Collection:

  • Review and aggregate committee data needs
  • Collaborate with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning to identify and collect existing data requested by committees
  • Compile list of unavailable data and provide recommendations on strategies to collect this information
  • Work with faculty and Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning to draft a survey to collect additional information


  • Review existing DEI initiatives, as well as ARIE initiatives, and align efforts across schools and colleges by category
  • Research best practices to inform revised policies
  • Research national DEI standards in higher education in order to benchmark Mason
  • Help Prepare reports and memos

Applicants for these positions should possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • Strong interest in anti-racism and inclusive excellence
  • Experience and expertise in the requested areas
  • Very organized and detailed oriented
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Minimum of one year as a graduate student at Mason
  • Cannot currently hold a graduate assistantship at Mason

To apply, send an updated CV and a brief description of why you are interested in one of the positions to provgrad@gmu.edu by Monday, Oct. 19, 2020.