Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment

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Interested in Indigenous rights, community empowerment, or environmental justice? Join us on April 13 from 6-8 pm EST for a virtual film screening of Guardians of the Forest, followed by a Q&A session with the film’s producer and director as well as the film’s main focus: members of the Maijuna Indigenous group of the Peruvian Amazon. The film tells the inspiring story of the Maijuna’s fight for their ancestral lands and cultural survival. To register for free, visit: go.gmu.edu/Maijuna
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#MasonScience #EnvironmentalJustice #IndigenousRights #GuardiansOfTheForest #Maijuna #Peru
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The George Mason University Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment, along with other campus departments, will be celebrating Black and African Heritage Month with numerous events all throughout the month of February! #BlackHistoryMonth #MasonNation 💚💛

Discover more ➡️: ccee.gmu.edu/2022-bahm
George Mason University Students!

Applications are due tomorrow for our Summer Alternative Breaks including our Indigenous Culture, Education and Equity experience in Guatemala from May 22nd-31st with our long-term partner Kamalbe Spanish School Guatemala!

This has been a favorite experience for many of our students and we hope you consider applying today: https://masonabroad.gmu.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10581

Many thanks to Toavina for creating this wonderful video!

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We conclude our #HispanicHeritageMonth celebration with Kerin Hilker-Balkissoon, Director of Educational and Career Pathways. Her research focuses on identifying systemic inequities in STEM education and career readiness for undergraduate transfer students. She serves as co-PI on our Rural and Diverse Student Scholars and Noyce Scholarship Programs, along with leading multiple initiatives at Mason including our STEM access partnerships, our #MasonScience Learning Community, our program for Transfer Equity and Success, the First-Generation Task Force, and Mason’s FamilyU student-parent initiative. Hilker-Balkissoon is committed to paying it forward by supporting Latinx students at Mason and beyond, from serving as faculty advisor to Mason’s SACNAS Chapter, to her ongoing service as a Board Member with the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network (VALHEN). Read more about Hilker-Balkissoon: http://go.gmu.edu/khb
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SACNAS Advancing Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science
"We believe in science, not silence" describes the motivation for SPECTRUM, a #MasonScience student organization growing inclusiveness at George Mason University. Read more about SPECTRUM and their mission to foster a diverse and inclusive community among all Physics & Astronomy students, faculty, and staff. https://science.gmu.edu/news/science-not-silence
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Our #HispanicHeritageMonth celebration continues as we highlight Rocío Paola Caballero-Gill, Research Assistant Professor, #MasonAOES. Caballero-Gill is a geoscientist whose research focuses on climatic and oceanographic change in the geologic past. Currently, she is the director of The CycloCohort Program - an early-career springboard for inclusion, diversity, equity and justice focused leadership in geoscience & astronomy. She is also the co-founder of GeoLatinas, an organization that empowers Latinas to pursue and thrive in careers in Earth and Planetary Sciences. Read more about Caballero-Gill: https://science.gmu.edu/directory/rocio-caballero-gill
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Today marks the first day of #HispanicHeritageMonth, #MasonNation! This year, we aim to center and uplift the celebration of Hispanic and Latinx students, faculty, staff, and alumni at Mason. To provide opportunities for storytelling, reflection, empowerment, and community! 💚💛

Follow Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment to learn more!

For the full calendar of events taking place at George Mason University throughout the month, click here: go.gmu.edu/2021HHM

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Mason Students! Come join us at Bienvenida Latina, as we get ready to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month! 🎉

Hispanic and Latinx student organizations around campus will be coming together to celebrate the unique identities within our Mason community. This event welcomes all students and serves as an opportunity to learn more about the Hispanic and Latinx based organizations at Mason. 💚

When: Thursday, September 16th, 5 – 9 PM
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In May, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network's U.S. branch released its newest report, “In the Red: the US Failure to Deliver on a Promise of Racial Equality.”

🔍We're bringing the focus back to this report because it's so important!

The report details the unequal delivery of the
United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across racial and ethnic groups in the U.S.

Unfortunately, results show that on average, white communities have outcomes approximately three times better than the least served racial community.

Black and Indigenous communities are most often left behind in the U.S., although the availability of data varies widely. The index also highlights the lack of consistently updated, racially disaggregated data in the U.S.

The dataset is a starting point, but the challenges presented by the data won't be solved without a reimagining of the systems that led to this moment.

Take action:
✔️Join the working group
✉️ email: [email protected]
✔️ Explore the data
🔗 us-inequality.sdgindex.org
✔️ Read the full "In the Red" report
🔗 sdsnusa.org/publication/inthered
✔️ Read SDSN USA's "Never More Urgent" report
🔗 sdsnusa.org/news/nevermoreurgentrelease

Read the "In the Red" news release:
🔗 go.gmu.edu/inthered

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#GreenGMU #MasonNation #GMU21 #GMU22 #GMU23 #GMU24 #GMU25 #GeorgeMason #GeorgeMasonUniversity #Sustainability #sustainabilitymatters #sustainabledevelopmentgoals #sdgs #unsdgs #sustainabledevelopment #sdg #sdgs2030
Next Wednesday, June 23, the Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment and the George Mason University Alumni Association continue to celebrate #PrideMonth by hosting a Stonewall Panel Discussion. The panelists will focus on the history of the Stonewall Riots, Pride month, and what they have learned through their studies and experience to explain how we can use history to advocate for change and inclusivity. Register at: https://tinyurl.com/StonewallPanel

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Next Thursday, June 17, the Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment and the George Mason University Alumni Association are hosting Pride Month Trivia Night. Celebrate #PrideMonth with two rounds of trivia and the chance to win prizes! Test your knowledge of Pride history, LGBTQ+ icons, pop-culture, and George Mason University facts. Register at: https://tinyurl.com/PrideMonthTrivia

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For Mason students, staff, and faculty: Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment will be hosting virtual gathering space today (now) and again at 5 pm. Details below to participate:

"Dear Patriots,
A few moments ago, the criminal justice system that has long failed people of color began the process of holding Derek Chauvin accountable for his role in the murder of George Floyd. While we have a long journey toward true justice, this rendered verdict is a step. Though this guilty verdict is not justice, it is our hope that this conviction will pave the way for systemic change nationwide.
We know that the recent days and weeks have evoked many emotions. We want to provide support and processing space for our campus community to gather, reflect, and continue these important conversations that will, hopefully, allow us to continue our work toward systemic change.
Tomorrow, and for the remainder of the week, University Life units including the Campus Center for Truth Racial Healing and Transformation; Counseling and Psychological Services; the Center for the Advancement of Well-being; and the Student Support and Advocacy Center will collaborate to provide virtual gathering spaces that enable students, faculty, and staff to come together.
Join us on Wednesday at one of the following times.
- Wed, April 21 @ Noon: go.gmu.edu/8lw5
- Wed, April 21 @ 5PM: go.gmu.edu/p41z "

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.​

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04/07/2022

Come out tonight for Queer BIPOC Trivia Night! Food will be provided!

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The 7th Annual Black Excellence Gala is almost here! 🎭

✨This Gala serves as an opportunity to recognize and honor the amazing contributions that Black students, faculty, and staff have made on campus or in the surrounding communities.✨

This year's Gala will include dinner, performances, and an award/recognition segment. 🏆

Thursday, April 28 at 7pm in Dewberry Hall.

➡️Register today at go.gwu.edu/BEG2022

➡️Submit your nominations at go.gwu.edu/BEGnom no later than Friday, April 15th at 5pm

Photos from Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment's post 03/23/2022

Hello all 😄

🌸CCEE will be starting to add QR codes on some of our Instagram posts. We made a quick tutorial on how to use QR codes found on our story/posts. We hope this will make things a little easier for all of you!! 🌸

03/14/2022

Join us on March 22nd at 7:30pm (via Zoom) for the latest Dialogue & Difference event -- "Boy Pickup Your Purse"

In this group dialogue, we will unpack the complexity of masculinities to better understand the multiple ways of being a man.

Register now at go.gmu.edu/dialogue
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03/10/2022

Hello everyone! ⭐️CCEE is proud to announce that we will be hosting a graduation ceremony on May 7th at 6:30 PM in Dewberry Hall for GMU’s graduating students of color. This includes undergraduates and graduates. ⭐️

You have the option to attend in person or virtually. Each graduate will receive a stole representing their cultural identity.

Register to participate in the ceremony with the link in our bio by Friday, April 8 at 5pm.

Additional information about the ceremony will be available on CCEE's website closer to the event date!

02/16/2022

Join us for our first Discussion Dialogue of the year! Taking a look at interracial interpersonal relationships and diving deeper into surrounding concepts.

🔗Register at go.gmu.edu/Dialogue

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02/10/2022

✨BRAVE, BOLD, and BLACK 🖤✨Come join us on February 10th (TODAY 🤩) for Mason's 2022 SPIRIT FEST!! We will be having free food, music provided by DJ Speed, giveaways, and even some chances to win Mason dollars and other cool prizes💰🤑🤑

Photos from Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment's post 02/07/2022

HOMECOMING IS HERE 💛💚

Come meet the Black Mason Royalty candidates & have a good time at the Black Mason Homecoming Kick-Off tonight at 8pm in the JC Cinema. 🥳

Join us again on February 10th for our annual Spirit Fest!

🔗 Register to attend both these events via Mason360. Link is in our bio!

01/28/2022

✨CCEE, along with other campus departments, is celebrating Black and African Heritage Month with numerous events all throughout the month of February! (Calendar: go.gmu.edu/2022BAHM)✨

This year, we aim to center and uplift the wellbeing of Black life on our campus. To provide opportunities for storytelling, reflection, and thought. To pay homage to our ancestors, and to honor the work and the impacts that many of us have made that further exemplify our resilience and strength. ✊🏿✊🏽✊🏾

Join us with Mason's African and African American Studies (AAAS) Program and the Black, African-Heritage, and Caribbean Coalition (BLACC) for the official kick-off Feb. 1st! (JC Kiosk A | 12 - 4pm)
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01/26/2022

Mark your calendars for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Evening of Reflection!


The 2022 theme, “Dangerous Unselfishness”, reflects on Dr. King’s last iconic speech, “Mountaintop”. This year, our hope is to center coalition building while reflecting on the work that still needs to be done on our campus and in our communities and nation to reach Dr. King’s idea of the “promised land.” Our goal is to help a new generation understand the work of social justice, to address moving beyond performative ally-ship to being a co-conspirator, and ultimately looking beyond self-preservation for the preservation of others through breaking the silence and addressing systematic racism in all its forms.



We encourage each of you to come out and celebrate with CCEE and The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Committee.

🗓 When: February 15th, 2020 | 6 - 8 PM

📍 Where: Hybrid (HUB Ballroom and MasonTV)
🔗 Registration (for in-person attendance): https://cglink.me/2d7/r1476642

01/17/2022

As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day, we must reflect on the work that still needs to be done in our nation to reach Dr. King’s idea of the “promised land.”

We must acknowledges that in some spaces, many voices are often silenced, identities overlooked, and racial and social healing are not sought after. Now, more than ever, it is important that we come together while embodying the values of Dr. King.

Please join us for the 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Evening of Reflection!

📆 Tuesday, February 15, 2022
🕐 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM 
📍 Virtual Event streamed via GMU TV

📸: @ronairaphoto

11/23/2021

As we contend with a disappointing verdict in the Rittenhouse case, and wait for another important case to be concluded, CCEE wants to be sure that the Mason community knows about important resources available to our students:

Please contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), if you need someone to speak and process your thoughts. Visit https://caps.gmu.edu/about-us/contact-us/.

You can also contact our newly formed Interfaith Council if you would like to talk to someone from your faith tradition or looking for spiritual guidance based on your worldview. Please contact Andrew Ensz at [email protected] if you need any support during this time.

11/11/2021

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.



Check out GMU Native American and Indigenous Alliance and attend the various events they're hosting to honor NAIHM!
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11/09/2021

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🌟 We hope you’ll join us for the 11th Annual Immigration Monologues - Liberation, Not Citizenship: the Power of an Intersectional Movement on Saturday, November 13, from 6pm-8pm. We have an exciting lineup of speakers that underscore the diversity of the immigrant community.

👥 For attendees, there are two ways to experience this year’s IM: (1) attend our In-Person watch party (note that you are required to complete a Mason Covid Health check and register on Mason360 in order to attend) or (2) watch the livestream on Facebook

10/28/2021

Join us on Nov. 3rd from 6 - 8pm for Travel Noire! This event is aimed at increasing the number of BIPOC students participating in Study Abroad programs.

Panelists, all former BIPOC study abroad participants, will share their experiences of traveling as students.

Several Mason entities will also be providing first-hand and real-time information about resources available (i.e. financing, scholarships, fellowships, grants, etc.).
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10/27/2021

Join @gmubac TONIGHT as they tackle the do’s and dont’s of writing a strong scholarship application and essay.

The topic and information provided will be applicable to any scholarship so bring your questions and your notepad!

For maximum benefit, applicants for the Black Scholars Endowed scholarship and other GMUAA scholarships are encouraged to get a start on their applications prior to the event.
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Interested in decolonization, community building, and ending environmental racism? Join Mason’s only indigenous org: Native American & Indigenous Alliance!

Attend their weekly luncheon meetings:

When: Thursdays at Noon
Where: Horizon Hall 3225
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10/11/2021

Today we celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day—a day that honors the past, present, and futures of Native peoples throughout the United States. This holiday recognizes the legacy and impact of colonialism on Native communities. Additionally, it celebrates the cultures, contributions, and resilience of contemporary Native peoples.
 
Indigenous Peoples’ Day allows Native people and their perspectives to be centered and celebrated. It’s a time to honor the achievements of past and current Native heroes and sheroes who work to save sacred lands fight for environmental justice and systemic racism.
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10/07/2021

Join @vfsmason on October 28th for an in -person screening of Disclosure in the Johnson Center Cinema (starting at 7:00pm), followed by an in-person Q&A with filmmaker Sam Feder and Stacy Goldate.

Netflix Documentary “Disclosure” examines Hollywood's depiction of transgender people and the impact it's left on both the transgender community and American culture.

Register Now via the QR code or visit vfs.gmu.edu!
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The Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment (CCEE) leads the university in creating and sustaining inclusive learning environments where all members of the Mason community are welcomed, valued, and supported.

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