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Why the metaverse? Mason Sociology Professor and IIR Director, Jim Witte, joins other thought leaders including Meta VP for the Americas, Nada Stirratt, to discuss the metaverse and its relevance for business and social science.

Why the metaverse? Mason Sociology Professor and IIR Director, Jim Witte, joins other thought leaders including Meta VP for the Americas, Nada Stirratt, to discuss the metaverse and its relevance for business and social science.

As organizations rush to stake their claim in the internet’s new frontier, many questions remain about what the metaverse is and isn’t. George Mason University Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute of Immigration Research, Jim Witte, joins other thought leaders including Meta VP for the Americas, Nada Stirratt, to discuss the metaverse and its relevance for business and social science.

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Religious holiday calendar

Religious holiday calendar

As part of Mason's commitment to inclusive excellence, University Life has compiled a calendar of religious holidays, and asks faculty and staff to consider this resource when scheduling important activities (image by tigerlily713 from Pixabay).

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IIR Releases New Research on the Future of Education for Undocumented Students

IIR Releases New Research on the Future of Education for Undocumented Students

In 1982,  in Plyler v. Doe, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas  law denying school enrollment to undocumented immigrant  school children, thereby ensuring a free K-12 public education for all students regardless of immigration status. Today, some Americans want to overturn Plyler, and some scholars believe that the official opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, laid a foundation for an impending Plyler challenge. The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) just released a new paper that reviews the Plyler decision, focuses on continuing barriers to education faced by undocumented students, and examines the potential impact of overturning Plyler. 

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New American Voices Award Finalists Named

New American Voices Award Finalists Named

Sindya Bhanoo’s Seeking Fortune Elsewhere, Daphne Palasi Andreades’s Brown Girls, and Aamina Ahmad’s The Return of Faraz Ali have been named finalists for the Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award.

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George Mason's Department of Communication is Offering an opportunity for students to apply for a Fall Reporting Workshop led by The Chronicle of Higher Education

George Mason's Department of Communication is Offering an opportunity for students to apply for a Fall Reporting Workshop led by The Chronicle of Higher Education

Calling all student journalists: FREE Overnight travel, meals, views of D.C., and journalism training. Need plans for the weekend? Want to meet friends with similar interests? Join The Chronicle of Higher Education Fall Reporting Workshop. Perfect for all Communication/Journalism students or those interested in exploring what it means to be a reporter covering college and university news.

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Immigrant athletes can become agents of change

Immigrant athletes can become agents of change

In an era when some professional athletes and teams are seeking to manage tarnished reputations and images, public outreach campaigns seeking to show the benefits of diversity and inclusion — as compared to the costs of divisiveness and polarization — would truly give back to the community. It’s a winning formula for everybody.

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Understanding Americans' Attitudes Towards Immigrants

Understanding Americans' Attitudes Towards Immigrants

Beginning in 2020, the IIR conducted an ambitious survey project aimed at understanding how Americans feel about immigrants and why. The main finding is: Frequent and friendly local contact with any immigrants is associated with a lower likelihood that an individual sees immigration in the United States as a whole as a problem.

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