Friday, April 13, 2018 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Johnson Center, Dewberry
Imagine a community at Mason where we all feel valued and can thrive together. The Diversity, Inclusion, and Well-Being Summit – Friday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Dewberry Hall – is a powerful opportunity to be a part of building that future. Registration is open until March 30 for this free summit that welcomes people throughout Mason to participate.
No matter how we each are connected to Mason, our voices and ideas are equally valuable in this university-wide conversation. “Our summit is designed to put the whole Mason system in the room – students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, donors, higher education associations, and employers of our graduates – as examples to dream together about what Mason could become when it embodies and successfully integrates inclusion, diversity, and well-being for our community and the world,” said Dr. Nance Lucas, executive director, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. “Our goal is to build on Mason’s strengths around diversity, inclusion, and well-being and amplify those with key strategic priorities that were shaped by the summit participants.”
The summit will approach the conversation using an appreciative inquiry process, which focuses on what’s working well and how to build on that. “The appreciative inquiry approach, used around the globe to develop solutions and build forward movement in response to pressing issues, will be applied to develop a vision for our campus, a vision focused on equity and well-being for all. This is not a typical approach and I am excited at what we might produce as a community,” said Rose Pascarell, vice president for University Life. Participants can ask questions, share their current experiences and hopes for the future, and collaborate to imagine future priorities that further embed diversity, inclusion, and well-being into Mason’s culture. Lunch will be provided. By the end the day, we will propose a set of recommendations that will be shared with Mason’s senior leaders.