Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment

Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment The Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment leverages programs and services focused on advocacy and direct student support to strengthen equity and inclusion at George Mason University.

ONE CENTER: THREE AREAS The Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment 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 three areas: Student Access and Equity (SAE), Student Engagement for Racial Justice​ (SERJ), and LGBTQ+ Resources, serve as resources to those in the Mason Community who seek to meaningfully engage and interact with people with different identities and intersections to co-create an equitable campus environment.​

Mission: Our mission is to assist the university in retaining, actively engaging and successfully graduating students with specific attention to historically underrepresented and marginalized groups. We achieve our mission by: * Creating opportunities for student engagement and retention * Conducting research and implementing emerging trends in the areas of multicultural education and social justice * Increasing cultural competency and multicultural relations within the Mason community * Implementing programs which critically examine social justice issues within and across identity groups * Expanding the number of diversity training models utilized at Mason

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The 6th Annual Black Excellence Gala is almost here! ✨ As part of Black and African Heritage Month, George Mason Univers...
02/03/2021

The 6th Annual Black Excellence Gala is almost here! ✨ As part of Black and African Heritage Month, George Mason University's Black Excellence Gala serves as an opportunity to recognize and honor the amazing contributions that Black students, faculty, and staff have made on campus or in surrounding communities.

This year's Gala will include an opening and closing keynote, thoughtful presentations/performances and an award/recognition segment.
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🗓 Friday, February 26 at 7pm via YouTube Live.
✍🏾 Register today on Eventbrite!

👑 To Register: https://go.gmu.edu/BlackExcellenceGala
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CCEE is celebrating Black and African Heritage Month with numerous events all throughout the month of February! 🧡During ...
02/02/2021

CCEE is celebrating Black and African Heritage Month with numerous events all throughout the month of February! 🧡

During the summer of 2020 and presently, we have received an outpouring of support and programmatic ideas that centered Black and African Diasporic Student Communities due to the racial unrest that swept the nation. This February, folks have created programming that centers and uplifts the wellbeing of Black life on our campus. These programs highlight storytelling, heritage, allyship, reflection, activism, appreciation, history, advocacy, resilience or strength.

🗓 Check out all of the events happening around campus here: ccee.gmu.edu/2021-bahm/

Please note that the calendar will be updated frequently, so be sure to check back for any changes or updates!
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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”Join CCEE and @cbde_gmu for the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr...
01/18/2021

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Join CCEE and @cbde_gmu for the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Evening of Reflection on January 28th (6pm via Zoom) as we celebrate the life and legacy of MLK.

The 2021 theme, 'The Burning House' represents the current times in our nation of social inequality and unrest. Dr. King stated, “I’ve come upon something that disturbs me deeply. We have fought hard and long for integration, as I believe we should have, and I know we will win, but I have come to believe that we are integrating into a burning house…”

The evening will consist of musical performances by the School of Music, a keynote given by President Washington, the presentation of Spirit of King Awards, and much more!

Register now via Mason360! go.gmu.edu/MLK21
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Interested in supporting student success at Mason? Become a peer mentor! 📚🌟 CCEE is currently looking to hire:- First Ge...
01/08/2021

Interested in supporting student success at Mason? Become a peer mentor! 📚🌟 CCEE is currently looking to hire:

- First Generation Student Peer Mentors
- STEP Peer Mentors
- Undocumented Student Peer Mentors

These positions will begin during the Spring 2021 semester and continue through the 2021-2022 Academic Year.

Applications open TODAY and close on Jan.15!

🔗 Interested in learning more? Click here: https://ccee.gmu.edu/now-hiring-student-peer-mentors/
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The 6th Annual Black Excellence Gala will be held virtually on Friday, February 26th at 7pm. Join u...
12/15/2020

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The 6th Annual Black Excellence Gala will be held virtually on Friday, February 26th at 7pm. Join us as we honor, celebrate, and recognize all of the many contributions and achievements within our community.

We hope you all will tune in with us, it’s a virtual event you don’t want to miss!

🚨DEADLINE EXTENDED 🚨 The Spring Scholarship Application deadline for the First Gen Next Gen Fund has been extended until...
12/01/2020

🚨DEADLINE EXTENDED 🚨 The Spring Scholarship Application deadline for the First Gen Next Gen Fund has been extended until Mon, Dec 7th! Up to $2,000 in scholarships is available for Undocumented students and students who are protected by DACA and TPS.

For any questions or concerns, email: [email protected]
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SERJ needs your help‼️ We are looking for passionate students who have energy and creativity surrounding the upcoming Bl...
12/01/2020

SERJ needs your help‼️ We are looking for passionate students who have energy and creativity surrounding the upcoming Black/African Heritage Month! If you are interested in joining the committee, please email Crystal Davidson at [email protected] for more details.
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“November is Native American Heritage month. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. This month is supposedly for our nation to acknow...
11/25/2020

“November is Native American Heritage month. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. This month is supposedly for our nation to acknowledge indigenous history, tradition, and knowledge. We are supposed to honor the indigenous land upon which we live; we are meant to celebrate peace between nations and cultures.

But the real truth is that we are not in a time of peace and “Thanksgiving” is a historical fallacy” - Matika Wilbur, Project 562

➡️ SWIPE to learn more about the TRUTH behind Thanksgiving and how you can best support Native and Indigenous communities.

For more information on Matika Wilbur and Project 562, visit project562.com
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🗣Our last UndocuAlly Training, in partnership with @undocumason, for the semester is this Friday, November 20th! Join us...
11/17/2020

🗣Our last UndocuAlly Training, in partnership with @undocumason, for the semester is this Friday, November 20th!

Join us to learn more about the history of our undocumented communities, past and present legislation, and the lived realities and barriers our undocumented communities are fighting through with strength and resilience.

Make sure to RSVP! 👉🏽 bit.ly/UANOV20 (case sensitive) Link in bio!
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11/11/2020

Today, for Native American and Indigenous History Month, we will be learning how to bundle sage with T. Carter. T is a GMU Alum—holding a master's degree in American History. While at Mason, she served as president of the student organization, Native American and Indigenous Alliance (NAIA). She helped organize the Veterans’ Powwow on campus and other Native American Heritage Month events for nearly a decade. She currently president of the the Indigenous Nations Alumni Alliance, GMU.

T Carter is a National award winning quilter, accomplished fiber artist, author, historian, researcher and activist with expertise in the areas of social justice and Native American and Indigenous history.

T offers lectures/trunk shows and workshops through her business, History Outside the Box; “Quilts revealing history from many perspectives, including those of women, ordinary people, people of color and others whose voices have yet to be heard and whose stories remain untold.” She serves as president of the Indigenous Nations Alumni Alliance, George Mason University; and former co-president and co-vice president of the Mt. Vernon chapter of Quilters Unlimited. Ms. Carter lives near Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit her website: HistoryOutsideTheBox.net
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🚨Staff Availability🚨CCEE is offering post-election holding spaces for dialogue and gathering for students. Coalition gro...
11/02/2020

🚨Staff Availability🚨

CCEE is offering post-election holding spaces for dialogue and gathering for students. Coalition groups and student organizations affiliated with our department will be directly contacted by our team with upcoming meeting dates and times. Additionally, our full-time staff team will be available to meet with students one-on-one for processing and support.

🔗 Link in bio for more information on staff availability and upcoming student group meetings
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11/01/2020
NAIHM: The Composition of the Drum & It's Significance

November is Native American and Indigenous Heritage Month! This month and every month we celebrate the rich history, cultures, traditions and contributions of Native and Indigenous people.Today Joe Gaines, from the Choctaw Nation of Southeastern Oklahoma, teaches us the the composition of the drum and its significance.

In 1830, Joe’s Choctaw ancestors walked the Trail of Tears. The United States government took away all of their land, crops, livestock, homes, etc., and force-marched them at gunpoint from their original Mississippi homeland to southeastern Oklahoma. They were the first Indigenous Nation to make this journey.

He and his wife, T Carter, currently own and operate a business in Alexandria, Virginia called History Outside the Box where he sings, drums, and educates.
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CCEE’s Student Access and Equity team is excited to announce our First Gen Week––celebrating, centering, and empowering ...
10/30/2020

CCEE’s Student Access and Equity team is excited to announce our First Gen Week––celebrating, centering, and empowering our first-generation Patriots! 💛📚

Kicking off November 8th, the SAE team has planned a host of events celebrating our first-generation college students here at Mason. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to all events as we center the narratives and experiences of our students through open discussion, community building and meaningful engagement.

Stay tuned for more info and be sure to register on Mason360!
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With elections coming up next week, @undocumason ‘s next UndocuTalk will be about post-election thoughts.This is a safe ...
10/29/2020

With elections coming up next week, @undocumason ‘s next UndocuTalk will be about post-election thoughts.

This is a safe space to talk after the elections. Undocutalks are open ONLY TO STUDENTS (GMU, non-GMU, & high schoolers) that are directly impacted by immigration policies. We hope to see you there!
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As we prepare for this upcoming election, CCEE acknowledges the high emotion and critical stakes for our interconnected ...
10/28/2020

As we prepare for this upcoming election, CCEE acknowledges the high emotion and critical stakes for our interconnected communities. 🗳

➡️ Swipe for our full statement and voting tips

NOTE: We will be offering post-election holding spaces for dialogue and gathering for students. Coalition groups and student organizations affiliated with our department will be directly contacted by our team with upcoming meeting dates and times. Additionally, our full-time staff team will be available to meet with students one-on-one for processing and support.

🔗 Link in bio for more information on staff availability and upcoming student group meetings
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Our #BlackGMUVotes campaign kicks off today! Throughout the week we will be sharing and celebrating the civic engagement...
10/26/2020

Our #BlackGMUVotes campaign kicks off today! Throughout the week we will be sharing and celebrating the civic engagement of our Black GMU community. We’ll be giving away masks throughout the week in-person and on social media, so be sure to watch CCEE and @mason_aaas!

On Thursday, October 29th, we’ll be having “The Black Vote Workshop with Tylik McMillian. We’ll be talking about voter suppression, developing a voting plan, and games (we can beautify that) Register today via Mason360!
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The Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment at George Mason University stand with the victims of injustice around th...
10/21/2020

The Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment at George Mason University stand with the victims of injustice around the continent of Africa, along with our African Diasporic communities here at Mason. We are united in the efforts to provide advocacy, promote peace, and we hope to use our platform to bring awareness to these issues. Please visit the African Student Association's Instagram page (@asa_gmu) for more information and ways to support.
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10/12/2020
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I always enjoy hearing from our friend Joe Gaines! He and his wife Tee have supported Mason’s native communities for several years. We are honored to have him share with us! 🦅🖤 Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Joe Gaines, from the Choctaw Nation of Southeastern Oklahoma, teaches us the history and significance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Reminding us why we must continue to lobby for congress to abolish Christopher Columbus Day.

In 1830, Joe’s Choctaw ancestors walked the Trail of Tears. The United States government took away all of their land, crops, livestock, homes, etc., and force-marched them at gunpoint from their original Mississippi homeland to southeastern Oklahoma. They were the first Indigenous Nation to make this journey.

He and his wife, T Carter, currently own and operate a business in Alexandria, Virginia called History Outside the Box where he sings, drums, and educates.
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#Georgemasonuniversity #GMU #gmu24 #gmu23 #gmu22 #gmu21 #Indigenouspeoplesday

10/12/2020

Joe Gaines, from the Choctaw Nation of Southeastern Oklahoma, teaches us the history and significance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Reminding us why we must continue to lobby for congress to abolish Christopher Columbus Day.

In 1830, Joe’s Choctaw ancestors walked the Trail of Tears. The United States government took away all of their land, crops, livestock, homes, etc., and force-marched them at gunpoint from their original Mississippi homeland to southeastern Oklahoma. They were the first Indigenous Nation to make this journey.

He and his wife, T Carter, currently own and operate a business in Alexandria, Virginia called History Outside the Box where he sings, drums, and educates.
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#Georgemasonuniversity #GMU #gmu24 #gmu23 #gmu22 #gmu21 #Indigenouspeoplesday

10/12/2020

Today marks Indigenous Peoples’ Day––a holiday in which we celebrate the culture, contributions, and resilience of Native peoples while recognizing the impact of colonialism.

Mason sits upon the ancestral territories of the Tauxenent/Doeg, now stewarded by the Powhatan peoples. We honor this homeland, known as Tsenacomoco, today with a Land Acknowledgement.

“Land Acknowledgements are an honest and historically accurate way to recognize the traditional First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit territories of a place. They are a necessary first step toward honoring the original occupants of a place”

Presenting the Land Acknowledgement is Professor Gabrielle Tayac. Dr. Gabrielle Tayac, a member of the Piscataway Indian Nation, is an activist scholar committed to empowering Indigenous perspectives. Gabi served as an educator, historian, and curator for nearly two decades at the National Museum of the American Indian. She is now an Associate Professor of Public History at George Mason University.
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CCEE is currently hiring an Assistant Director for our Student Access and Equity (SAE) service area 💼 We are excited for...
10/09/2020

CCEE is currently hiring an Assistant Director for our Student Access and Equity (SAE) service area 💼 We are excited for this opportunity to hire a strong professional who is dedicated to inclusive and intersectional work. Please share this opportunity with any new professionals (upcoming Fall 2020 master’s degree graduates and those who may have 1-2 years of full-time experience)!

*Priority Deadline for this position is October 25, 2020

THE POSITION:

The Assistant Director is responsible for the planning and management of student focused programs and initiatives that have a specific charge towards the development, affirmation, and support of students who are undocumented, including students who are protected by DACA or TPS. See position description to apply and for more details.

TO APPLY: Position Number FA63BZ
(jobs.gmu.edu)
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Introducing our service area: LGBTQ+ Resources 💜The LGBTQ+ Resources team provides direct services and support to LGBTQ+...
10/08/2020

Introducing our service area: LGBTQ+ Resources 💜

The LGBTQ+ Resources team provides direct services and support to LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff; including advising, advocacy, referral, education and training, group and workshop facilitation, and leadership development. We offer a safe, open, welcoming space for all people interested in understanding LGBTQ+ issues.

➡️ SWIPE to see what resources @gmu_lgbtq has to offer

To learn more visit: ccee.gmu.edu/lgbtq-resources
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10/07/2020

You NEED this book. It's hard to think about your own well-being when it seems like so much of our environment is bent on threatening it. Between Covid-19, police brutality, climate issues, the political landscape, economic stress, and so much more, your personal well-being may not be your priority right now. But we must TRY.

Sign up today to join the Well-Being for the People Book Club. We, in collaboration with Center for the Advancement of Well-Being and The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, Office of Graduate Admissions, will be reading The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health between now and the end of October. Books are limited and Black graduate and undergraduate students will be prioritized.

Click the link to join the club: https://bit.ly/30KKWfR

Join us again for a live roundtable discussion with the Author, @dr.rheedawalker and hip-hop artist, @benny_starr on Wednesday, October 28, at 6pm via ZOOM.

Introducing our service area: Student Engagement for Racial Justice (SERJ) 🧡The SERJ team directly supports and serves c...
10/07/2020

Introducing our service area: Student Engagement for Racial Justice (SERJ) 🧡

The SERJ team directly supports and serves communities of color who have been historically marginalized in higher education. SERJ is charged with raising awareness and visibility of racial and ethnic identities through educational programs, cultural celebration and ceremonies, and promoting equitable practices in the university setting.

➡️ SWIPE to see what resources SERJ has to offer

To learn more visit: ccee.gmu.edu/serj
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Stay tuned as we continue to introduce our service areas throughout the week!
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Applications NOW AVAILABLE for the 2018 Mason LeaderShape Institute!! Don't miss out on this amazing experience. For more info and to apply, visit: https://lead.gmu.edu/leadershapeinstitute/. The deadline to apply is March 23rd. Here's what some of our students have to say: "In six days, the Mason LeaderShape Institute embodied what George Mason University stands for, a message that takes some students their entire college career to learn: freedom to grow and discover the numerous possibilities in the world, and learning how being a leader is something anyone can accomplish if they “have a healthy disregard for the impossible.” "I am so grateful to the LEAD office for providing me with that collaborative space and especially for that week-long immersion into those relationships. LeaderShape has continued to impact my outlook on my abilities. I am constantly reflecting on my knowledge learned in the week, and applying it to my day-to-day situations. I often find my motivation comes from thinking about all the goals I set back at LeaderShape. At the end of that week, I walked away so excited to start the Fall semester, feeling very connected to my campus community." "Going to the LeaderShape Institute was one of the most enriching experiences I have had during my college experience. During this 6-day institute, I grew tremendously as a person. I was put into an environment with other students, faculty, staff, and professionals that all wanted to focus on personal development and personal growth while learning how to contribute their own individual voice to events and issues that are important today. This institute allowed me to take a deeper look into myself and where I currently stand with my leadership skills and how I could grow and develop more into the woman that I wanted to become. I left with so many useful tools and connections to others at Mason because of this trip." "Being a part of the LeaderShape Institute at Mason provided me with the BIGGEST transformation throughout my college experience. The things I gained from LeaderShape are things few people, who are lucky enough, get to experience in their lifetime. For the first time in my life, I was given tools to help me define myself." "The most rewarding aspect of Mason LeaderShape was what I learned about myself and my capacity to be a catalyst for positive change. This has allowed me to focus on my vision and continue to work on it in a way that will contribute to society."
Interested in working in the LEAD Office? Looking for an incredible leadership experience on campus and working with an amazing team of people :) Applications to be a Student Leadership Consultant for the 2018-2019 academic year are NOW AVAILABLE. The deadline to apply is March 9th at 5pm. For more info and to apply, visit: https://lead.gmu.edu/involvement/leadership-consultants/.
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