The University Life - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Cluster leverages programs and services focused on advocacy and direct student support to strengthen equity and inclusion at George Mason University. Our advising fosters opportunities for identity development, cross-cultural engagement, and inclusive learning communities, affirming the indivisible aspects of all our identities.
Our UL-DEI cluster includes 3 centers:
𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗖𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗘𝗥 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗖𝗨𝗟𝗧𝗨𝗥𝗘, 𝗘𝗤𝗨𝗜𝗧𝗬, 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗘𝗠𝗣𝗢𝗪𝗘𝗥𝗠𝗘𝗡𝗧
The Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment is committed to eradicating oppression in all its forms and in collaboration with University colleagues and stakeholders to co-create an equitable campus climate and society, by providing intersectional programs, services, and support that elevates consciousness rooted in culture, healing, and liberation.
We envision a campus environment where every community member takes an active role in cultivating a space:
- That is grounded in the fundamental understanding that all identities are prioritized, respected, celebrated, and supported.
- Where members are comfortable to voice perspectives, engage in critical and cross-cultural dialogue, and are free from harm.
- That empowers and amplifies marginalized communities through intersectional support, mobilization, and action.
𝘛𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘺 - We believe in transparency. We dedicate ourselves to being open and honest about processes, practices, and decisions.
𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵 - We believe in respect. We are committed to respecting the whole human – our emotional, social, physical, spiritual, intellectual, financial, and environmental wellbeing.
𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺 - We believe in community. We dedicate ourselves to building a community that fosters a sense of belonging, safety, support, and care.
𝘈𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 - We believe in affirmation. We are committed to upholding the humanity of all individuals to create an environment rooted in liberation and the resistance of societal treatment and negative depiction of marginalized communities.
𝘜𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘖𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 - We acknowledge that power-based violence is rooted in oppression and that oppression operates within and under multiple systems of subordination that compound themselves. We commit ourselves to disrupting imbalances of power wherever and whenever possible.
𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗙𝗜𝗥𝗦𝗧-𝗚𝗘𝗡+ 𝗖𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗘𝗥
The First-Gen+ Center supports students who are historically underrepresented in higher education and their allies while specifically centering college students who identify as first-generation, undocumented, have refugee status, and those who have families with limited income.
𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗟𝗚𝗕𝗧𝗤+ 𝗥𝗘𝗦𝗢𝗨𝗥𝗖𝗘𝗦 𝗖𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗘𝗥
The LGBTQ+ Resources Center cultivates the success and well-being of queer, trans, non-binary, and questioning students, staff, and faculty. Our work is deeply collaborative and rooted in intersectional justice. We build identity-affirming programs, develop leaders, provide critical resources, and foster a culture of equity and allyship at Mason.