Dear MPA Student:

I am writing to encourage you to complete the short survey on diversity/inclusion issues that MPA faculty have prepared for Schar School MPA students.  You can connect to the anonymous survey here:
My original email to students regarding the survey is copied below.  To date, about 10% of MPA students have responded.  As you can imagine, we are hopeful that we can improve on that response rate.  Thanks in advance for assisting us in getting a better understanding of diversity/inclusion issues in the MPA program, the Schar School, and the university more broadly.  Of course, please feel free to be in touch with any questions.

Wishing you the very best for a successful completion of the fall semester and a safe, peaceful holiday season -

Prof. Alan Abramson, Interim MPA Director for the Fall 2020 Semester


Dear MPA Student- 

The Schar School’s MPA program is committed to providing a welcoming environment for all students. An important step in creating a truly diverse and inclusive community is understanding students’ perspectives regarding their experiences in the MPA program.  

In this context, we very much hope that you will participate in this survey which is designed to help us understand your perspectives related to diversity and inclusion in the MPA program and the broader campus community. The data collected will be used to help us enhance student experience in the MPA program and the Schar School.  

Your responses will be completely confidential and will not be part of any academic, medical, employment, or disciplinary records. Results will be shared only in aggregate or summary form, and no individually identifiable information will be reported.  

Completing the questionnaire should take 10-15 minutes. Although the survey is voluntary, we would greatly appreciate your participation to help us do better with regard to diversity and inclusion in the MPA program. If you have any questions about the survey or experience any difficulty in completing this survey, please contact me at [log in to unmask] or 202-262-5204 (cell). 

I thank you in advance for your help with this important study!  

Please click here to start the survey.   


Alan Abramson, Interim MPA Director for the Fall 2020 Semester 

Alan J. Abramson

Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University 

Preferred, current contact information:

email:  [log in to unmask] 

cell phone:  202-262-5204

Campus contact information:

George Mason University - Arlington Campus

608 Van Metre Hall, MS 3B1

3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201

office phone:  703-993-8189

Selected, recent publications:

--“New Legal Forms for Hybrid Organizations” (with Kara C. Billings), in The Routledge Companion to Nonprofit Management, edited by Helmut K. Anheier and Stefan Toepler.  London:  Routledge (2020) 

--“Challenges Facing Social Enterprises in the United States” (with Kara C. Billings), Nonprofit Policy Forum (2019) 

--“No Taxation, No Representation:  How Government is Organized – or Not – to Address Nonprofit Issues,” in Nonprofits and Government:  Collaboration and Conflict, third edition, edited by Elizabeth T. Boris and C. Eugene Steuerle.  Lanham, MD:  Rowman and Littlefield/Urban Institute (2017)