Special Committee on the Colonials Moniker

The George Washington University’s Special Committee on the Colonials Moniker is chaired by Mary Cheh, Elyce Zenoff Research Professor of Law, and includes faculty, students, staff and alumni representatives who are charged with researching and evaluating the merits of the request for reconsideration of the naming of the Colonials moniker.

The committee is meeting regularly to conduct its work and is providing opportunities for members of the university community to share feedback during the process, including through a survey, virtual town halls, a community feedback form and messages to [email protected]. The committee will provide updates to the university community as its work progresses.


Historical Materials

The committee is reviewing materials that provide important information about the history of the Colonials moniker.

View the Historical Materials



Mary Cheh




"To fulfill our charge, our committee plans to undertake a thorough review of relevant historical research and conduct a robust and broad outreach effort to hear from students, faculty, staff and alumni. Our committee’s work will be neutral and straight-forward, and we will communicate updates and our findings openly and transparently."

Mary Cheh
Elyce Zenoff Research Professor of Law
GW Law