UL-DEI, George Mason University

About UL-DEI, George Mason University

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.โ€‹

Our UL-DEI cluster includes 3 centers:

๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—–๐—˜๐—ก๐—ง๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—™๐—ข๐—ฅ ๐—–๐—จ๐—Ÿ๐—ง๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—˜, ๐—˜๐—ค๐—จ๐—œ๐—ง๐—ฌ, ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐—˜๐— ๐—ฃ๐—ข๐—ช๐—˜๐—ฅ๐— ๐—˜๐—ก๐—ง

๐— ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป:
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.

๐˜›๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜บ - We believe in transparency. We dedicate ourselves to being open and honest about processes, practices, and decisions.
๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต - We believe in respect. We are committed to respecting the whole human โ€“ our emotional, social, physical, spiritual, intellectual, financial, and environmental wellbeing.
๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ - We believe in community. We dedicate ourselves to building a community that fosters a sense of belonging, safety, support, and care.
๐˜ˆ๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ - 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.
๐˜œ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜–๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ - 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.

๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—™๐—œ๐—ฅ๐—ฆ๐—ง-๐—š๐—˜๐—ก+ ๐—–๐—˜๐—ก๐—ง๐—˜๐—ฅ

The First-Gen+ Center supports students who are historically underrepresented in higher education and their alliesโ€ฏwhile specificallyโ€ฏcenteringโ€ฏcollege students who identify asโ€ฏfirst-generation, undocumented, have refugee status, and those who have families with limited income.

๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—Ÿ๐—š๐—•๐—ง๐—ค+ ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—–๐—˜๐—ฆ ๐—–๐—˜๐—ก๐—ง๐—˜๐—ฅ

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.


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