George Washington University dropping ‘Colonials’ nickname

George Washington University dropping ‘Colonials’ nickname

George Washington College officers introduced the varsity will retire the “Colonials” title utilized by its athletic groups, citing “division among the many neighborhood concerning the moniker.”

The title will stay in use till the college introduces a brand new one, deliberate for the 2023-24 educational 12 months.

The title has drawn rising criticism for celebrating colonialism.

The George Washington College mascot, generally known as ‘George.’Getty Photos

“The board acknowledges the importance of adjusting the college’s moniker, and we made this determination solely after a considerate and deliberate course of that adopted the renaming framework and particular committee advice that thought-about the various views of our college students, school, employees, alumni and athletics neighborhood,” Grace Speights, GWU board chair, stated within the announcement. “A moniker should unify our neighborhood, draw individuals collectively and function a supply of satisfaction. We sit up for the following steps in an inclusive course of to establish a moniker that fulfills this aspiration.” 

The transfer comes two years after the varsity renamed its scholar heart — previously referred to as the Cloyd Heck Marvin Middle and named for the ex-university president who advocated for segregation.

The particular committee made up of GWU school, employees, college students, alumni, members of the athletics division and specialists on the varsity’s historical past advisable the title change.

“We have now an important alternative to conduct an inclusive course of that can decide how we as a neighborhood wish to come collectively round a unifying moniker and showcase ourselves as a distinguished and distinguishable college,” president Mark S. Wrighton stated within the launch. “I’m very excited for our subsequent steps collectively.”

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