About Us

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion


Mason Gross School of the Arts is deeply committed to the following ideals in its pursuit of excellence in artistry, creativity, scholarship, and teaching: Diversity of representation among its faculty, staff, and student body as well as its curriculum and programming; equitable treatment of all members of its community along with equal access to the resources and opportunities the school affords; a genuine spirit of inclusivity in its manifold endeavors and in the quest to create a climate of belonging that not only tolerates but embraces differences of all kinds; and adopting anti-racist measures meant to actively work against systemic and institutional racism and bias.

From the Dean

Convinced that true excellence is attainable only through inclusivity, we uphold Inclusive Excellence as a core value. At the heart of this notion is a belief that our individual backgrounds and life experiences lead us to view the world through vastly different lenses and that, only when these different perspectives are taken into account, do we gain a clear picture of our collective challenges and their possible solutions. A genuine commitment to equity and inclusion entails proactive and ongoing efforts to acknowledge, recognize, and strategically mitigate all forms of bias and discrimination as they relate to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, religion, political affiliation, and any other number of visible or invisible markers of identity. Embracing such objectives is the path to deepening our empathy for those who face barriers rooted in prejudice, misunderstanding, fear, and historical injustice and ultimately to providing access to the arts across the broad expanse of society, fully unlocking their potential to transform individual lives and communities alike.

—Jason Geary
Dean, Mason Gross School of the Arts

Mason Gross Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Our EDI committee is composed of faculty, staff, and students from across the school. This group works closely with the dean, department chairs, and with other members of the administration to articulate specific goals around equity, diversity, and inclusion and to help ensure accountability. The committee is also guided by the work of similar groups that exist within the departments and among the student body. Together, we hope to deepen a culture at Mason Gross that is inclusive and welcoming and that does not tolerate harassment or discrimination of any kind.

Our Strategic Plan

The committee is currently guiding the effort to create an EDI Strategic Plan for Mason Gross that takes as its starting point the following priorities:

  1. Increasing the representation of faculty and staff of color
  2. Increasing the representation of students of color as well as first-generation college students through enhanced recruitment efforts across New Jersey and nationwide
  3. Revising curricula to be more inclusive and more representative of the diversity of artistic traditions and cultures around the world
  4. Presenting diverse and inclusive artistic programming
  5. Engaging, supporting, and collaborating with a diversity of artists and communities in New Brunswick and throughout New Jersey

Who We Are


Marshall Jones III, Chair
Karina F. Daves, Vice-Chair
Cassandra Oliveras-Moreno, Vice-Chair
Marc Handelman, Secretary

Committee Members
Chris Bodwitch
Online Program Specialist
Arts Online
Kara Cabrera
Assistant Dean for Admissions and Enrollment Management
Frederick Curry
Interim Chair
Jeff Friedman
Associate Professor of Dance Studies
Marc Handelman
Department Chair, Associate Professor
Art & Design
Marshall Jones, III
Head of BA Theater
Community Arts
Caroline Key
Teaching Instructor
Kate McGonigle
Department Administrator
Community Arts
Lauren K. McLoughlin
Assistant Costume Director
Cassandra Oliveras-Moreno
Administrator, Communications & Collaboration
Art & Design
Lee Savage
Head of Scenic Design
Joseph Tompkins
Head of Percussion
Christine Whalen
Student Advisor and Advocate
Alexis White
Student Affairs Coordinator
Dean's Office
Brandon Williams
Assistant Professor, Choral Studies/Music Education

News From the Committee

MGSA EDI Committee School Newsletter

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff, The newly formed Mason Gross Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee is excited to share ou... Read More

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