Special Committee on the Colonials Moniker

Based on the work of the Board of Trustees' Task Force on Naming, a Special Committee on the Colonials Moniker was convened to make a recommendation to the Board regarding whether Colonials should be changed. The Special Committee included representation from faculty, staff, students, alumni, athletics, and subject-matter expert advisers familiar with the university’s history.

The Special Committee understood the sensitivity and importance of its work, conducting extensive research, reviewing hundreds of pages of historical materials, and engaging the GW community for crucial feedback—including through three virtual town hall events, a university-wide survey, and a Special Committee feedback form—before making a recommendation.

The Special Committee compiled a report outlining key factors used to inform its recommendation. To learn more about the Special Committee’s work, visit its website.