Welcome back from break! We hope you are energized and ready for Spring 2020. The Mason student experience is one that is full of opportunities for you to experience deep learning, have impact, and make your mark on the world. In that spirit, we want to acknowledge that local, national, and global events may be weighing on your minds as you return to campus. Your well-being and success are important to us and we want to assure you that ours is an inclusive environment where you can find support and inspiration if you choose and need.
Mason’s diversity has always been our great strength. Our community reflects the many amazing moments that occur when many cultures and backgrounds unify in support rather than fall into division. Each of you plays an important role in this just, free, and prosperous world that Mason is dedicated to creating. And, in the Mason Nation, all are welcome.
We thrive together. As we continue our work as a well-being university, our commitment to eradicate all forms of sexual and interpersonal violence on campus remains strong. Your personal and physical safety is important, and we are committed to ensuring that you receive any help and assistance needed in times of distress and crisis.
While it is everyone’s responsibility to care for and keep our community strong, Mason also provides ways for you to lean on us. Departments like Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the Student Support and Advocacy Center (SSAC), Student Health Services, the Office of Diversity Inclusion and Multicultural Education, and many more, can help navigate difficulties you may be experiencing. Detailed information can be found on the University Life website.
As we begin a new semester, a new year, and a new decade, with successes and challenges surely to come, know that you make the Mason community stronger. Welcome back!
S. David Wu
Provost and Executive Vice President
Vice President, University Life