If prospective students are looking for a diverse campus atmosphere, Mason’s got it. There are a variety of multicultural and intercultural organizations students can get involved in, or they can opt to just attend the events put on by the organizations throughout the year, which range from the American Indian Heritage Week Pow Wow to the annual and well-attended Pride Week Drag Show.
While Mason boasts a diverse population of students—29 percent of the total student enrollment during the 2008–2009 school year was made up of minority students—many students find that people with certain ethnic backgrounds tend to stick together. On weekdays, The Johnson Center looks just like a high school cafeteria; sorority girls with sorority girls, African Americans sitting with other African Americans, Asians with other Asians, and so on. But just because students segregate themselves, doesn’t mean any groups are discriminated against or disliked on campus. All students are very accepting of other cultures and take part in events put on by the various multicultural organizations.