CEDRIC launch supports diverse students; offers opportunities

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Kenneth Ball, dean of the College of Engineering and Computing, addresses the audience at CEDRIC's launch
Kenneth Ball, dean of the College of 
Engineering and Computing, addressed the audience
during CEDRIC's launch.

Having access to support and resources is essential for students from diverse backgrounds.  

The Computing and Engineering Diversity Resource and Information Center (CEDRIC) is dedicated to giving diverse and underrepresented students at the College of Engineering and Computing the tools they need to succeed. Guest speakers, Mason staff, and students gathered Friday, October 29 for CEDRIC’s official virtual launch.  

Mason’s newly appointed Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Sharnnia Artis, also an engineer, shared with the audience that if it wasn’t for a similar organization like CEDRIC which had helped her, she may not be where she is today. 

She encouraged students to explore all the opportunities and mentoring CEDRIC offers. 

“The journey to your profession of choice is not going to be easy,” she says. “But CEDRIC will help you build a foundation to make that journey a little easier and more innovative, rewarding, and successful.” 

According to Kenneth Ball, dean of the College of Engineering and Computing, CEDRIC is committed to supporting students so everyone can be successful as they navigate through their College of Engineering and Computing degrees at Mason. 

“This is wonderful for us, and wonderful for George Mason University,” he says. 

CEDRIC is a one stop shop for students from underrepresented backgrounds, says Christopher A. Carr, chief diversity officer in the College of Engineering and Computing. Students can find not just a home, but resources, connections, friendship, collaboration, and guidance both during their time at CEC and beyond. 

CEDRIC can be accessed here. It is an initiative of the Office of Diversity, Outreach, and Inclusive Learning within the College of Engineering and Computing.