Petition calls for changing GWU mascot name from “Colonials”


WASHINGTON, D.C. – An online petition has been created to change the official nickname for George Washington University’s mascot.

The current nickname used for GWU’s affiliates is the “Colonials.”

“The use of “Colonials,” no matter how innocent the intention, is received as extremely offensive by not only affiliates of the University, but the nation and world at large,” writes the petition on

The petition, started by Rachel Yakobashvili, says the nickname “Colonials” has a deep connection to colonization and glorifies systematic oppression.

The petition suggests changing the nickname to “Hippos” or “Riverhorses.”