ARIE Conference Registration

Registration Now Open for Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Conference - Vision and Action for a New Era

Vision and Action for a New Era

Mason is proud to host our inaugural ARIE Conference

In 2020, the nation saw some harsh truths about racial justice laid bare. While many researchers, practitioners, and administrators are leaders in inclusivity and access in higher education, we can always do better. We need to understand where we have been, where we are going, and what effective practices and resources will lead to access, justice, equity, and inclusion for all. The time for action and change is now. 

The Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence (ARIE) Conference provides a forum for higher education, industry, government, nonprofit, and other changemakers to

  • Critically discuss anti-racism and inclusive excellence in the academy
  • Share effective practices and resources to advance anti-racism and inclusive excellence
  • Amplify the visibility and impact of research, scholarship, and creative activities conducted by national scholars

The ARIE conference is an opportunity to learn, change, and grow together—ultimately preparing us to work better together. 

2022 Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Conference
2022 Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Conference


Monday, October 24 from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Located in Van Metre Hall, Multipurpose Room 125/126

At Mason Square in Arlington, Virginia (Free Parking)


Registration Fee: In-person - $100, Virtual - $25

Registration is complimentary for all students, Mason faculty and staff, and poster presenters


Conference Agenda

Monday, October 24, 2022

8 – 9 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Opening Session: Welcome & Keynote Speaker

10 – 11:15 a.m.

Research Panel: Conducting Research Through an Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Lens

11:15 – 12:00 p.m.

Poster Session and Networking

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch with Table Topic Discussion


1:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Remarks: Gregory Washington, President, George Mason University 

1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Presidential Panel: Advancing Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence in the Academy

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Research Panel: Translating Research into Action

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Closing Session: Remarks and Networking Reception


Conference Participants


Hear from a diverse group of higher education, nonprofit, and federal agency changemakers about institutional and research practices to advance anti-racism and inclusive excellence, and the most pressing issues facing higher education today. 

Featured Presenters

Gregory Washington

Gregory Washington

President, George Mason University


Gail Christopher

Gail Christopher

Executive Director, National Collaborative for Health Equity 
Senior Scholar, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, George Mason University 


Panelists and Moderators

Makola Abdullah

President, Virginia State University

Sharnnia Artis

Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer, George Mason University

Benedict Carton

Professor of History, George Mason University 

Kim Case

Professor of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University 

Richard Cellini

Faculty Fellow, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University

Charles Chavis

Director, John Mitchell Jr. Program for History, Justice and Race, George Mason University 

Anne M. Kress

President, Northern Virginia Community College

Andre Marshall

Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Impact, George Mason University
President, George Mason Research Foundation

Wendi Manuel-Scott  

Professor of Integrative Studies & History and Associate Director, Center for Mason Legacies, George Mason University 

Jerome Offord, Jr.

Associate University Librarian for Antiracism, Harvard University

Shauna Rigaud

Office of Community Engagement and Civic Learning, Associate Director, George Mason University  

Robert Trent Vinson

Professor, Director & Chair, Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American & African Studies, University of Virginia

Janani Umamaheswar

Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology, Law, and Society, George Mason University


Call for Posters - Share your research! Exhibit a research poster at the conference.

Call for Posters


The ARIE Conference will host a poster session on Monday, October 24, 2022, from 11:15 a.m. to noon. We invite you to submit a proposal to exhibit a poster highlighting a project or effort advancing anti-racism and inclusive excellence. We welcome posters related to: 

  • Campus and community engagement   
  • Curriculum and pedagogy   
  • Policies and practices  
  • Research, scholarship, and creative activities   
  • Training and development   
  • Workforce development  

Submission Requirements 

Proposals should include the title of the poster and an abstract (up to 250 words) for the poster and project, including its purpose and how it relates to the conference theme.  

The deadline for submission is October 7, 2022. Submitters will be notified on or before October 10, 2022. Registration is required (and complimentary) for all poster presenters. 

To apply, email Poster Session proposals to by October 7, 2022.


Traveling to Mason Square

Conference Location

Van Metre Hall
Multipurpose Room 125/126

Mason Square
3351 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201-4426

Directions to Mason Square

Image of Mason Square's plaza at dusk


ARIE Conference Hotel

Hilton Arlington
950 North Stafford Street, Arlington, Virginia

Group dates: October 23–25, 2022
Group code: ARIE

Book your reservation by October 5th

Mason Square Parking

FREE visitor parking is available in the Van Metre Hall Garage, accessible via Founders Way North.

Campus Map

COVID-19 Protocol

We pledge to support the health, safety, and well-being of the Mason community while fulfilling the university’s mission.

Learn more about Mason's commitment to a safe return to in-person events

How Can We Help?

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